fans breathlessly await the return ofCote de Pabloto their favorite show and now,Wilmer Valderramais fanning the flames of anticipation with a new photo. Some fans say that de Pablos Ziva David takes a back seat to no one, but in this case, they can make an exception.

Wevedone a little diggingto find out just how long Zivas return will last. We know that shell be back in the season premiere on September 21 to explain why she reappeared to Gibbs so will this be a one and done or not?

Im just gonna leave this over here. Tuesday, September 24.. NCIS

A post shared byWilmer Valderrama(@wilmervalderrama) onAug 20, 2019 at 5:26pm PDT

Shooting for season 17 is underway, and some photos have already leaked out. Valderrama, who plays Special Agent Nick Torres, posted a photo of himself, Emily Wickersham, and de Pablo all making finger gun poses at the camera while sitting in a car. Valderrama and Wickershamare are in the front seat, while de Pablo is in the back, shooting straight into the camera.

Valderrama captioned it, simply, Im just gonna leave this over here. Tuesday, September 24..NCIS The official NCIS Instagram account replied,CarpoolGoals/ Valderrama added ZIVA in a comment, and that alone was enough to prompt dozens of replies.

Fans went nuts, with a number of replies in all caps, like WAS NO ONE GONNA TELL ME OR WAS I SUPPOSED TO FINISH MY APUSH HW CHECK INSTAGRAM AND FIND THAT THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE WAS HAPPENING and I DIDNT EVEN NOTICE COTE CREEPING IN THE BACK AT FIRST AND I SCARED MYSELF AH

@dangergirl101its been confirmed, two episodes of /iF3GeCCDql

So the key question now is, will Ziva stick around longer than just the season premiere? There was conflicting information on the post. One fan said, If only Cote (Ziva) was back on a regular basis.

One reply said, Only premiere episode I believe. Another said, first two episodes. A third said, I mean if Cote was returning as a regular Im certain they would have officially announced it by now but I cant see her returning for more than a handful of episodes currently tbh.

Talking toEntertainment Weekly, showrunner Steven D. Binder said, We are ecstatic to have Cote de Pablo return as our beloved and mysterious Ziva. These are two huge episodes with lots at stake for Gibbs and Ziva physically and emotionally.

Well, thats at least one less mysterious thing about Ziva. Two it is. At least for now.

We say for now because as many twists and turns as de Pablos tenure has taken, we wouldnt necessarily be surprised if she comes back at some other point. We do not have any confirmation other than the first two episodes, but the show took such elaborate steps to keep her return under wraps, it was worthy of anNCISmission.

Not only did the showrunners keep the script pages with Zivas return away from most of the cast, but they shot the ending with de Pablo and Mark Harmon with a skeleton crew after everybody else had left, and everybody else had filmed a different ending. Meanwhile, de Pablo herself was hustled onto the lot via a back entrance to shoot her scene in the finale.

It was a dramatic return for a character and actress whose journey with the show had plenty of drama outside of what happened onscreen. She had been a fan favorite from seasons 3 to 17, particularly for her chemistry with Michael Weatherly. However, the actress left the show in 2013, later saying that she was unhappy with how the script treated Ziva. The show said she died in an offscreen mortar attack but later revealed she was in hiding to protect her family.

Now that shes come out of hiding to help Gibbs (Mark Harmon), well have to see if theres another secret mission to conceal a longer return. No promises, but with this character, we can never say never.