NCIS enters season 12 without a cliffhanger, but instead with a fresh start in various aspects of its characters and plotting. Newcomer Ellie Bishop is entering her first full season after joining the cast partway through season 11. The Parsa storyline that brought her into the show in the first place has been concluded, and so season 12 gives her character the opportunity to continue ingratiating herself into the team. But NCIS still has some spoilers awaiting in the background and some tricks up its sleeve for the new season. Chief among them is the question of Ziva David.
Ziva left NCIS in order to start life anew back in Israel, a storyline introduced to explain the exit of actress Cote de Pablo, with the strong suggestion that she and Tony DiNozzo will end up as a couple once NCIS reaches its eventual end. While de Pablo will almost certainly return for a closing cameo at that time, there’s little preventing her – aside from her own availability – for making a sweeps month cameo in season 12. Whether Ziva David shows up this fall or not, NCIS still have some explaining to do regarding Ellie Bishop. Her husband has been mentioned nonchalantly so many times that he’s already begun to feel like a supporting character, except for the fact that he’s never appeared on screen. The biggest spoiler of season 12 may be finding out which actor has been cast to portray him.
In the mean time there other NCIS storylines ripe for exploration. The seemingly invincible Agent Gibbs now has to deal with the loss of his father, which may force him to ponder his own mortality. Tim McGee’s girlfriend Delilah appears to have been written out of the show with her new job abroad, but that could be reversed at any time. And there’s the ongoing issue of what Tony DiNozzo does with himself now that he realizes he’s in love with Ziva David but can’t be with her.