A lot of NCIS fans are probably expecting fireworks between Ziva (Cote de Pablo) and Tony (Michael Weatherly). After all, the two have amazing chemistry and the promo for last night's episode said Tony would be forced to question Ziva's loyalty to NCIS after discovering a connection between her and Michael Rivkin. In an interview, de Pablo tells Entertainment Weekly that things are about to get intense all the way to the May 19 finale.
"We could not be farther away from kissing," de Pablo says. "I'm telling you, it's not 'I hate you' anger; it's 'I want to kill you' anger. Like, 'I want to shoot you in the head, but instead I'm gonna put my gun on your knee' anger.... He does something to her that is almost unforgivable. However, the reason he does it is because he truly believes it's going to help her. Little does he know that he almost kills her."
Tony and Rivkin, if the promos are to be believed, are set to meet face-to-face in the next episode called "Semper Fidelis." The finale, meanwhile, will feature Ziva's return to Israel and her non-so-happy reunion with the powerful head of Mossad, which also happens to be her father.
For her part, de Pablo says her connection with Weatherly was unmistakable even from the day of the audition for NCIS.
"We sort of hated each other immediately, and loved each other immediately. I walked into the audition and he thought, 'Oh my God, she's gonna be so hard to work with. She's so complicated.' And I thought, 'This guy's so incredibly unprofessional.' He totally went off script and started improvising ... That relationship was established the moment that we met. Nothing changed, it was just enhanced. And we loved each other as well. We realized we're so drastically different and so much alike that there was an immediate attraction."