How She Left: Percy turned in her badge after risking her life to stop a Chinese operative. As she survived, there’s a good chance Grant could return.
Zoe McLellan (NCIS: New Orleans)
Role: Special Agent Meredith ‘Merri’ Brody
How She Left: Her position as a special agent was compromised because of a relationship with a Homeland Security agent. She could return since her storyline was left open-ended.
Pauley Perrette (NCIS)
Role: Abby Sciuto
How She Left: After getting shot, Abby announced she was leaving town to oversee the charity that Reeves (Duane Henry) planned to start in honor of his late mother. In-story, she could return and meet back up with the team. However, Perrette has said that she has no plans to ever return, so that would have to change.
Jennifer Esposito (NCIS)
Role: NCIS Special Agent Alexandra ‘Alex’ Quinn
How She Left: She left to take care of her mother who had Alzheimer’s, so Alex could return for a short visit.
Michael Weatherly (NCIS)
Role: NCIS Special Agent Anthony ‘Tony’ DiNozzo Jr.
How He Left: He resigned from NCIS to care for his daughter, Tali, and search for Ziva. After her return, it’s possible he could make a guest appearance.
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Lauren Holly (NCIS)
Role: Director Jenny Shepard
How She Left: Jenny was killed in a shootout, so a return is unlikely unless in a flashback or “Life Before His Eyes” scenario.
Sasha Alexander (NCIS)
Role: NCIS Special Agent Caitlin Todd
How She Departed: She was killed by a sniper, so a resurrection is impossible. There are always flashbacks and lost scenes (like in “A Man Walks Into a Bar…”).
Miguel Ferrer (NCIS: Los Angeles)
Role: NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger
How He Left: He was written off the show by walking out of the hospital after being treated. Later, Sam (LL Cool J) and Callen (Chris O’Donnell) learned he spent time with his daughter before his death. Sadly, Ferrer passed away from throat cancer in 2017.
Andrea Bordeaux (NCIS: Los Angeles)
Role: NCIS Special Agent Harley Hidoko
How She Left: Hidoko went missing in Mexico and then her remains were identified during the Season 10 premiere, so that’s sadly a wrap for the character. With Mosley (Nia Long) gone, it’s also unlikely there would be any flashbacks for which she could return.
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Adam Jamal Craig (NCIS: Los Angeles)
Role: NCIS Agent Dominic Vail
How He Left: Dom was captured by terrorists and, during his rescue mission, died from gunfire wounds. RIP Dom!
From her warning to Gibbs to her status with Tony, we want answers after that Season 16 finale shocker.
But as with any series with large ensemble casts, many characters/actors come and go — and sometimes even return. The Season 16 finale was a perfect example of that, as Ziva (Cote de Pablo), previously presumed dead, appeared in the final scene with a warning for Gibbs (Mark Harmon).
We're looking at all of the former NCIS stars who have left one of the shows and fans would love to see return. Click through the gallery above!
NCIS, Season 17 Premiere, Tuesday, September 24, 8/7c, CBS