NCIS: Cote de Pablo's Return as Ziva Extended to Multiple Season 17 Episodes

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Viewers will spend more time with Ziva David during NCIS Season 17 than initially planned. 

TV Line is reporting that the actress will appear in at least two more episodes beyond NCIS Season 17 Episode 1 -- initially announced as the only episode in which Ziva star, Cote de Pablo, would appear. 

Ziva's Final Farewell

This is excellent news for NCIS Fanatics who have been clamoring for more Ziva since she was revealed to have been killed off-screen several years before. 

Related: NCIS: Ziva Returning?

If you watch NCIS online, you know that NCIS Season 16 featured several teases that seemed to suggest Ziva could still be alive before pulling the curtain back to reveal a very much alive Ziva in the season finale. 

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It was undoubtedly a wild twist, especially when you consider the fact that de Pablo did not exactly depart the series on the best of terms with CBS. 

Upon her return, Ziva told Gibbs that he was in danger and that there was no time for "pleasantries."

Related: CBS Sets Fall Premiere Dates for NCIS, Young Sheldon, and More!

That came as a huge shock to Gibbs, who was visibly stunned. It also seemingly suggested that the fan theory that Gibbs knew she was still alive was well was truly wrong. 

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As things stand, we need to wait for NCIS Season 17 Episode 1 -- airing Tuesday, September 24 at 8/7c to find out what's going on. 

There's no word on whether Ziva's love interest, Tony, played by Michael Weatherly will also be making a comeback to reignite Tiva. 

Related: NCIS Season 16 Episode 24 Review: Daughters

Weatherly appears on fellow CBS series Bull, so it shouldn't be too difficult to bring him back to his old stomping grounds for an episode or two. 

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It's possible that viewers will not learn about a potential return for Weatherly until it plays out on-screen in a similar vein to the way de Pablo's return played out. 

There's no telling what the future holds for David's involvement with the series. But fans will surely be hoping that this short-term return could lead to something more significant down the line. 

Related: NCIS Season 16 Episode 23 Review: Lost Time

However, many would probably be ecstatic with Ziva getting the ending she deserves.

She's Back! - NCIS Season 16 Episode 24

She was such a huge part of the series for so long, and many felt like her original ending was botched. 

What are your thoughts on this news?

Is more Ziva a good thing?

Hit the comments below, NCIS Fanatics. Also, let me know your theories!

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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