As we all know, the NCIS team will be off to Tel Aviv, Israel in the procedural's sixth season finale - and if the promo is to be trusted, one of the team will not come home. True to form, the NCIS fandom is already abuzz with speculations on who is staying in Israel to possibly not see the light of season 7.
If there is any doubt if NCIS executive producer Shane Brennan is indeed capable of such harsh character-centered decisions, let me point you to last season's finale, when all three - McGee (Sean Murray), Tony (Michael Weatherly), and Ziva (Cote de Pablo) - were given different assignments and Gibbs (Mark Harmon) himself was introduced to a new team. And speaking of last season's finale, Brennan said he plans to top last year's finale with the introduction of a "trouble-making newcomer."
Entertainment Weekly leans towards Ziva, whose homecoming to Israel, after all, is the focus of the finale. According to Brennan, this Israel story arc will carry through to the season 7 premiere implying that a huge cliffhanger will be involved. EW posits it can also be Director Vance for that assignment discussed at the intelligence summit.
Previously, we reported that Brennan neither confirmed nor denied that Weatherly might leave NCIS. "That's not correct - but that's not wrong either," he told TV Guide. "It's one of those things that people are going to have to watch to figure out."
On tomorrow night's finale, Ziva's return to Israel will reportedly not be a happy one with her father, the enigmatic and powerful head of Mossad. As tensions rise, Gibbs will be forced to make a decision that will send shockwaves through the NCIS.