Many fans were astounded when Cote de Pablo’s character, Ziva David, got reunited with Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon). The character’s reappearance had fans speculating that she could return as a regular character in the popular American action police procedural television series. But, is it likely to happen in the forthcoming NCIS Season 18?

There is no denying that Ziva David is among the most-loved personalities in the series. Numerous viewers even find her interesting as she brings humor, action, and drama. However, showrunners Frank Cardea and Steven D. Binder, recently, shared that Cote de Pablo might not appear in the imminent NCIS Season 18 at all.

The duo stated that a lot of things are happening in the next installment but Ziva David is not the focus this time. Aside from the reunion of Mark Harmon and Joseph Peter Spano, NCIS Season 18 will build up the upcoming departure of Maria Bello in the series. It remains unclear how Jack Sloane will make her exit, but rumors have it that the writers have a plan and that is something fans should watch out for.

Despite this, Cote de Pablo revealed to Entertainment Tonight that a Ziva David and Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) reunion could happen at a certain point. It can be recalled that the American-Chilean actress ended her four-episode stint by flying off to Paris to reunite with Tony and their daughter. However, it would not be happening in NCIS Season 18.

Co-executive producer Gina Lucita Monreal, also, expressed her support for the possibility of Ziva David’s permanent return. She revealed to Parade that she loves Ziva David so much and that she would be the very first person to jump on board if there would be more story to tell about Cote de Pablo’s character.

Meanwhile, NCIS Season 18 Episode 3 would feature FBI Special Agent T.C. Fornell giving Leroy Jethro Gibbs an update about their undercover mission. It can be recalled that Tobias asked for more time to execute his plans in an attempt to shut down an opioid ring. Because of this, viewers would see Agent Fornell working in a burger outlet, which he thinks is connected to the drug ring, in the upcoming new episode.

NCIS Season 18 Episode 3 would be aired on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time and 7 p.m. Canadian Time on CBS. Stay tuned to Entertainment Times for more spoilers, news, and updates!