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Peter Cambor on NCIS: Los Angeles Future: It's a Mystery!

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On Tuesday night's NCIS: Los Angeles, OSP psychologist Nate Getz returned from his secret assignment, only to leave again by episode's end for ... the same unknown locale.

So where is Nate? Will he be back? Is creator Shane Brennan planning an open-ended, ongoing story arc with Peter Cambor's character like we saw last season with Agent Vaile?

"I don't think this is the last you'll see of Nate," Cambor tells TV Guide.

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Nate is gone ... but for how long?

"It's kind of a big mystery," the actor says, shrouded in mystery. "If there's not a bullet in my head, I'm not gone. It's left open-ended for some reason. That adds to the mystery."

Cambor says he's been sworn to secrecy by Brennan, who first pitched the storyline to Cambor last year: "I was like, 'Oh, that's different than what I thought it was going to be.'"

"But I totally understand the reasons. It's just part of the deal."

"It's a really exciting profession in the sense that you don't know what the next day's going to bring. It can be awesome, crazy, surprising and scary, but that's part of why I signed up. In a strange way, being an NCIS agent is a microcosm for the entertainment business."

For those NCIS: LA viewers dying for answers about what Dr. Getz is up to, Cambor suggests reexamining some of Nate's body language in the most recent episode.

"In 'Borderline,' when you see Nate, he's been through something," the actor says. "He's got what the other agents have: he's got a little bit of the thousand yard stare. He's learning how to use a gun, and there's a reason for that."

So is Nate in training to become a full-fledged agent? He flirted with that idea last season, and the answer ultimately may lie with Hetty (Linda Hunt), Cambor says.

"Hetty definitely has everything to do with it," he says. "She was watching Callen [Chris O'Donnell] for a long time before he became an agent. She pulls the strings when they need to be pulled, and she knows when people are ready."

Wherever Nate's headed - Callen's hint suggested Iraq or Afghanistan - look for him to be there a while. Cambor's status on the show has been changed from series regular to special guest star, ensuring viewers won't see him every week.

Cambor promises even greater changes in his character, though.

"Nate is going to continue to change and evolve, and it's going to be a long road between here and what happens to him. I'm really excited about how this all played out."

Where do you think Nate is, and how will it change him? Will you miss him on NCIS: Los Angeles in the meantime? How are you liking the series so far?

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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No one can replace Nate, His replacement is annoying and I usually mute my tv when she comes on. this causes me to lose some of the plot. Sorry to say this, she may be fine in another show or movie, but not NCIS:LA.

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I will miss Nate. He brings balance intio their organisation. Seeing him use a gun was a shock but Hetty has got to be behind it. Nothing happens there she does not know about! Wherever he had been, he wanted to go back to 'help'. It has to be overseas, maybe assisting with personnel suffering PTS from the war. Looking forward to seeing him again. Love his droll sense of humour too!

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I thought Nate added a different dimension on the show. I think his character is important. We all have different gifts and abilities. Not everyone has to be the tough cop. People need other people. It is professional to have a psychiatrist on the show. Deepen the characters you have on NCIS Los Angels, don't scatter them.

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As a psychologist he was a little on the goofy side, sometimes very unprofessional. If he came back with real experiences from Iran etc. and shows that he can be cool instead of a "Rent a Cop" type he would then add depth to a great show.

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Bring back Nate. He adds an interesting aspect to the team

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Where is NATE? I hate when they start changing characters when a program is doing so good. Did they really have to kill off Dom?

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I like all the characters and the changes...keeps it interesting..Nate will probably show back up having already infiltrated(gone undercover) a group that Sam and group will have to help him out of it.

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I don't think he was involved quite enough either and really don't want to see him go. He seemed to be one character that kept the others grounded - he'll be missed. However, if he's gone for a very short while to come back as a full time character, I say go for it. I tend to think shows that flip around characters too much (loss of Dom, gain of someone to take his place already) loses their fan base - I hope this show doesn't sink because of it! I do not like the new girl, either but is willing to give it a bit to see!

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I like Nate's (Peter Cambor)role and I was disappointed when he left on the last episode. I don't know about his replacement? She might be good so I will give her a chance but you can't replace Nate! I really like the show so I am still a fan.

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I like Nate but don't think he adds a ton of substance that's necessary for this show to be successful. I will watch it with or without him, I do not want to lose Callen or Sam though.

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