NCIS to Explore Love ... in an Elevator?

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It was no accident that fan favorites Tony and Ziva ended up in an elevator at the tail end of NCIS Season 9 ... which makes sense, considering that most people take the stairs during an evacuation.

Where does that leave them when we pick up next fall, in the aftermath of the explosion that destroyed the agency's headquarters? Show-runner Gary Glasberg weighed in on that with TV Guide.

"We'll pick up with them in that elevator and, with the situation that they're in, there will be some conversations," he says. "Hopefully we'll scratch our way a little bit deeper into the relationship."

How's that for ambiguity? Read into it however you like. Time will tell if it serves as an actual turning point for the "couple," but either way, those are guaranteed to be must-watch scenes.

Anthony and Ziva

Tony and Ziva aren't the only ones in precarious positions after the end of "Til Death Do Us Part."

As for whether the team will end up with new digs after the bombing, that's unclear, but the emotional cleanup of the team will be more significant than the physical rubble, Glasberg says.

"There are psychological ramifications that will carry over," he says, in particular Ducky's heart attack.

"How will that affect his character as a medical examiner and his long-held approach to dealing with the dead? How might it change him and the way he views things?"

We welcome your theories on that in the comments below. Follow the link for more NCIS Season 10 spoilers, and tell us how you think things will shake out with Ducky, Tony, Ziva and everyone else ...

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@Mitch
I like your point of view. I know my friends and I would love to see them together.. My friends said they might even watch more because of the complications that their relationship would make.. For example they would be trying to keep it from Gibbs for a while and when he finds out it could result in some seriously interesting "Basement & Elevator" talks.. Besides it was no accident that they put them in the elevator...

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I would be very concerned about Tony and Ziva getting together as a couple if they were the only ones carrying the show. Gibbs (Harmon)is the star and Tony, Ziva, McGee, Abby, Ducky, Palmer,and Vance are all supporting players. Even if some people stop watching because they hook up, there are enough other viewers who will keep watching because they like one or more of the other characters (and the crime solving laced with comedy). In addition, while I don't have a statistical survey to back it up, I'd bet the majority would enjoy seeing Tony and Ziva try to navigate a romantic relationship without killing each other. I know I would.

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Eric Messer " When you get your heroes involved romantically, it just changes the show so much."

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Thanks for taking the time to confirm what I said Janet... Michael just because there is a romance, that does not make it a soap opera.. After all there have been many romances in NCIS, but that has not changed anything.. This will just make things more complicated, probably adding a lot more interesting elevator conversations..

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@jinX you are right just watched the ending again they are def.holding hands should be a good season 10.

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If it happen then does these make NCIS a soap opera now instead of a smart written crime show

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MzLady and AJA
You both make an excellent point but i have evidentiary proof of something that might blow your minds.... if you rewatch the end of the finale you will see that when Ziva and Tony hit the floor, not only was Tony's arm around Ziva, but they were holding hands also... this i believe is a distinct indication of something more.... Let us also not forget the very famous "I'm tired of pretending" argument... Another big hint at their relationship is a line that EJ said: She cares about you.. (who) Ziva

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But MzLady - EJ and Tony worked for the same agency, but not on the same team. They were involved in one assignment together and kept their relationship outside. It would not only be unrealistic for two agents on the same team to be involved but also dangerous. I know that tiva fans want this thing to happen, but romance among leads is usually the kiss of death for shows and NCIS writers have not been very good at all at writing romances.

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@jinx Good examples, there - but let's also not forget one of THE most important violations of "Rule #12": DiNozzo & Agent Barrett! Why is this important? Because it paved the way for the AMENDMENT of Rule #12. Many fans feel that the newest rule - Rule #51 - also was created to override any issues Gibbs may have down the line with T&Z pairing up. I think that's why Rule 12 was brought up so much during Tony's brief fling w/ EJ. You may also recall that Gibbs finally "relented" in his own way, by having EJ & Tony dine with him when they showed together up at his house. A small but important scene. Papa Gibbs ultimately can't control who his "kids" fall in love with. Agents DO fall in love, as is their right. In fact, Gibbs can't even control his own messed up personal life right now. He will have to loosen his grip & let his agents walk the path they're meant to walk.

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At this point in the show, many are saying that the only thing keeping Tony and Ziva apart is the dreaded rule:"Never date a co-worker." This rule however has been broken by several characters in the past...For example-Abby and McGee; Palmer and Agent Lee; and the BIG ONE: GIBBS AND JENNY.... So if they were to break that rule, would they really be any different than any of the others???

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