8 Questions We Have After Ziva's Return to 'NCIS' (PHOTOS)

Meredith Jacobs

NCIS brought back a fan favorite in Cote de Pablo's Ziva David in the final moments of the Season 16 finale.

But now that we've gotten over the (very pleasant) shock of seeing her again (and almost certainly alive), we're looking ahead to what her return means for the series and the character.

Fans thought Ziva had been killed off-screen in the Season 13 finale, but this season featured the strong suggestion that she is, in fact, alive, and featured enough mentions of her that we expected some sort of payoff by the end. The final scene with Gibbs (Mark Harmon) delivered that and more.

With "no time for pleasantries," Ziva walked down the stairs to Gibbs' basement and warned him that he's in danger. "Aren't you going to say something?" she asked as he stared at her. All he said was her name, and that was the end of "Daughters."

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Tuesday night's episode brought a major return for fans of the franchise.

But that isn't the end of her return to the CBS drama. Following that surprising moment — one that was a lot of trouble to keep a secret — showrunners Frank Cardea and Steven D. Binder hinted that it's "just the beginning" and announced de Pablo will appear in the Season 17 premiere "as Ziva's warning to Gibbs unfolds."

With that news, we want to know what Ziva's been up to and what's coming next. Click through the gallery above for our questions about her role in the upcoming season, and add your own in the comments below.

NCIS, Season 17, Fall 2019, CBS