NCIS Season 11 Spoilers: A Team Divided?

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In the aftermath of a surprising Season 10 finale, which ended with Gibbs' black ops mission and three agents resigning, we look ahead to NCIS Season 11 and what lies ahead for a team in turmoil.

Executive Producer Gary Glasberg spoke with Entertainment Weekly about a season in which he did a lot of unorthodox things, especially for a show largely considered procedural in nature.

After three episodes that felt like season-enders - Eli and Jackie's death, Tiva's car crash, Bodnar's demise - we were left with a surprising finale Tuesday and many questions for NCIS Season 11.

Excerpts from Glasberg's chat with EW below ...

Ziva With Gibbs

On how he conceptualized this story arc: "[For 10 years], Gibbs has handled things but maybe crossed some lines in the way that he handled them. And someone had to have noticed that somewhere along the way."

"There are people paying attention and what if someone - an investigator who, for his own reasons, decided that this was his opportunity, the moment to go after him and basically say, ‘You can’t keep doing this.'"

"Ziva going after Bodnar was just sort of the straw that broke the camel’s back... and, ultimately, a case linked to that head of the Navy SEAL that we were dealing with. All those threads will tie up."

"Gibbs' team resigns and puts their badges down on Vance’s desk and Morrow, along with Vance and others, come to him and say, "We can make all of this go away if you help us with this case.'"

"And, ultimately, jumping ahead four months, we don’t see who’s in that town car but we know it’s someone Fornell is protecting, and we’re left with Fornell in Gibbs’ sights."

"It was definitely a different season-ender but it’s been a very different season and in doing that, I wanted to come through with something that wasn’t what people normally would have expected."

On how we pick up next season: "In the season opener, we will see the progression of time leading up to that moment that everyone just experienced."

"In that progression, we’ll see the case that Gibbs is assigned to, the specifics of the case, how it is unfolded, who the players are, and then we get to the exact moment. It will all make sense."

On whether he knows what Tony, Ziva and Tim have been up to: "I’m starting to. There are a bunch of pieces that are floating around in my head and at some point ... I’ll figure it all out."

On McGee's girlfriend and Palmer's baby: "The lovely Delilah. That will likely pay off at some point as well. We may even meet Delilah. It depends on how much I can handle in the opening episode."

"But, yeah, there are some threads and nuggets - there’s Delilah, there’s the Palmer baby. There are all kinds of little cookies in there that hopefully people will pick up on.

On whether Ziva "friend zoned" Tony: "I don’t think so. I think there’s a little more to it than that. I think they’re sort of dancing around each other and trying to get a sense of how to move forward."

"Based on everything that’s happened in the last year ... we’re letting it slowly percolate and build and hopefully get it to a place that’s going to be satisfying for everybody."

"[The forehead kiss] might not satisfy everyone out there, but I think we’re getting there, She even reaches up with her hand and puts it very gently, and in a lovely way, on his shoulder before that."

"I think [we have] definitely advanced from where we were a year ago."

On his final word on NCIS Season 10: "This has been a really fantastic season for us. Best numbers we’ve ever had ... more viewers than we’ve ever had. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the show."

"We’ve hired a couple of new writers; we’re already working on five or six stories for next season. Everybody is energized and ready to go. We’re going to take a few days off, come back and keep going."

"The show’s in a really fantastic place and we’re constantly surprising each other about where we want to go. And as long as we keep feeling that, I don’t really see an end in sight for NCIS."

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I am very dissapointed in this series since the new charcter has entered the picture. Asking for junk food and sitting on the floor is a total insult to the other actors. She is a total misfit in the series .what were the writters thinking adding her to the series. Wake up before its to late.


Even though tonight was a rerun it was better show the all but episode of season 11. This is why they were # 1 FYI


I love Ziva very much, Don't go Ziva. Please stay with NCIS and Tony.


I hope I heard the advertisement wrong tonight!!! Ziva can't leave the show!! She's the main character in the show that makes it so enjoyable to watch. Don't go Ziva!!!!


As to the comments about the sound - it seems all CBS shows that I watch, and there are a lot of them, have the background sound overpowering the dialog. Particularly Hawaii Five-0, since they seem to mumble a lot. I hope someone will fix this. As to NCIS, when is Tony going to grow up? Isn't he in his 40's for goodness sake?


@Julie Merritt:
I really hope so too. I doubt they'd be separated forever. Maybe it's just till this Parsons thing blows over. And then it'll be back to the way it was with all Tony, Ziva and McGee's banter and Gibbs head slapping people and saying,"Grab your gear!"


@Guest sound like youi can't take the truth


I wish Tony and Ziva will either get together or just be friends. They've been stuck in this weird friend but not friend zone FOREVER. I don't care either way since they're not the characters I watch the show for. Palmer and Abby needs more screen time. They're much more interesting to me and a lot less annoying (even if Abby is dramatic at times). And on a random side note. If there NEEDS to be some romance. Borin + Fornell FTW


@Michael Once again, you are wrong. Ziva did not give Ari the order to kill Kate. Ziva was sent by their father to control Ari and kill him if he had gone rogue. Eli wanted Ziva to kill Ari to earn Gibb's trust while Ziva took the job to protect her brother so another agent wouldn't blindly follow orders and kill Ari. Ari went after Gibbs and his team because he wanted to cause problems for his father and Mossad. What show are you watching? Because it certainly isn't NCIS. But, I fogot-you like to make up your own scenarios for the show and then act like they are the truth.


@Julie Merritt
Ziva brother wasjust following Ziva order to kill kate so she could join NCIS also Ziva was dirty long before her father and brother was her mother was suppose the one who kill her sister and other brother

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