NCIS Season Premiere Photos: Should We Be Worried About Ziva?

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If there's one takeaway for the NCIS Season 17 Episode 1 photos, it's that we should probably be worried about Ziva. 

CBS has dropped some stills from the upcoming season premiere, and we get to see the returning Cote de Pablo in action. 

Like Old Times - NCIS

Both Ziva and Gibbs look a bit worse for wear in the above photo, leading us to believe they are going to get caught up in a fight to the death. 

This is all thanks to the new person who is trying to take them down. 

But how do they both wind up in this environment?

That's still up for debate. 

Ziva Returns ... FOR WHAT? - NCIS Season 17 Episode 1

Thanks to the official trailer for NCIS Season 17, we know that a mysterious female who was chasing Ziva is now after Gibbs. 

That's probably why Ziva showed up on NCIS Season 16 Episode 24 -- to warn her former friend about the impending doom. 

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We're sure there will be a lot they have to say to each other, but as Ziva stated in that episode, they really have no time for pleasantries if they want to survive. 

The good thing about this installment is that it will feature the two fan-favorites fighting alongside one another against their foes. 

A Bloodied Gibbs - NCIS Season 17 Episode 1

It's unclear whether the mysterious location the duo are at will help or hinder their mission, but this being NCIS, there will be no shortage of danger. 

One thing we can rule out is Ziva meeting her maker. Fans reacted negatively when she was apparently killed off in an explosion back in 2013. 

Related: NCIS: Cote de Pablo Returned Extended

Also, we know that Ziva is slated to appear in two more episodes later in the season. 

Could a reunion between her and Tony be on the cards? That would be great. 

In any case, you may be wondering what the rest of the team is doing while this is going down. 

Torres Searches for Gibbs - NCIS Season 17 Episode 1

Thankfully, it seems as though they are searching for both Gibbs and Ziva, so there's that. 

Here's the press release for the season premiere direct from CBS. 

ZIVA SURPRISES GIBBS WITH A CRYPTIC WARNING, PROMPTING HIM TO QUESTION WHY SHE REMAINED UNDERGROUND FOR YEARS WHILE BEING PRESUMED DEAD BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND WHAT LED TO HER RETURN, ON THE 17TH SEASON PREMIERE OF “NCIS,” TUESDAY, SEPT. 24 

Cote de Pablo Guest Stars as Ziva David “Out of the Darkness” – Ziva surprises Gibbs with a cryptic warning, prompting him to question why she remained underground for years while being presumed dead by family and friends, and what led to her return, on the 17th season premiere of NCIS, Tuesday, Sept. 24 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Bishop Searches - NCIS Season 17 Episode 1

REGULAR CAST: Mark Harmon (NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs)

Sean Murray (NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee)

Emily Wickersham (NCIS Special Agent Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop)

Wilmer Valderrama (NCIS Special Agent Nicholas “Nick” Torres)

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Maria Bello (NCIS Special Agent Jaqueline “Jack” Sloane)

Brian Dietzen (Medical Examiner Jimmy Palmer)

Diona Reasonover (Forensic Scientist Kasie Hines)

Rocky Carroll (NCIS Director Leon Vance)

David McCallum (Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard)

Ziva Helps Gibbs - NCIS

GUEST CAST:

Cote de Pablo (Ziva David)

Damon Dayoub (Adam Eshel)

Mouzam Makkar (Sahar)

Dale Godboldo (Cy)

Hossein Mardani (Mister Rogers)

Nolan Freeman (Willie)

Monib Abhat (Security Guard #1)

WRITTEN BY: Gina Lucita Monreal

DIRECTED BY: Terrence O’Hara

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