NCIS fans are still hoping that Gibbs (Mark Harmon), the special agent in charge, will return soon, despite the fact that he said an emotional goodbye to his team weeks ago. And there appears to be mounting evidence that he will return, and not alone. But who is it with? Maybe with Tony (Michael Weatherly).
On December 5, Michael posted a throwback black-and-white selfie from his NCIS days. He played Special Agent Tony DiNozzo for 13 seasons, from 2003 to 2016, and was best known as Gibbs’ right hand.
Michael captioned the photo, “This guy woke me up this morning.” “Then I realized it had all been a dream.” He couldn’t get enough of Gibbs and his shoulder holster. “The #ncis dream.”
— Michael Weatherly (@M_Weatherly) December 5, 2021
Of course, Michael mentioning Gibbs, combined with the fact that Mark is still in the season 19 opening credits, has some believing that Mark’s iconic character is making a comeback.
But that isn’t all. The following day, on December 6, Michael tweeted an 11-second video of himself questioning a Christmas tree. “It’s time for some #ncis HARDBALL XMAS questions,” he wrote. In it, a decorated and lit tree takes center stage, and when the camera pans to Michael, he’s wearing an NCIS hat. Basically, he was back in character, attempting to solve a case.
“So, where were you on December 25th morning?” he asks in the video. “Raise your voice. I can’t understand what you’re saying. “Do you think I’m joking?!”
— Michael Weatherly (@M_Weatherly) December 6, 2021
Following Michael’s post, some fans mistook it for a sign that he was attempting to communicate with them. “Okkkk “Are you coming back?” one person asked. “Sir, are you and Cote returning to NCIS or appearing in a Christmas special?” “I’m not sure what clues I’m supposed to be looking for here,” another added, referring to Tony’s undeniable chemistry with Special Agent Ziva David (Cote de Pablo).
As fans are aware, Tony left NCIS at the end of season 13 after Ziva was thought to have been k1ll3d during a Mossad att4ck. Tony resigned after her d3ath was avenged and dedicated himself to caring for his and Ziva’s daughter, Tali (Layla Golfieri). Later in season 16, it was revealed that Ziva had not d1ed, but was instead hiding.
It’s unclear whether Tony will make a guest appearance on NCIS in the near future, but it would be incredible if he was accompanied by Gibbs. Not to mention them walking in with Ziva and a grown-up Tali. Can you believe it?! Let’s hope so!