Pauley Perrette recently left the CBS hit series NCIS after 15 seasons of playing Abby Sciuto, making her the latest cast member to exit. Now, with Season 16 set to premiere in just a couple of weeks, fans are wondering who could be the next star to go.
Back in 2013, Cote de Pablo, who played Ziva David, left the show after her character returned to her native Israel. De Pablo was a huge fan favorite, and Ziva’s relationship with Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) was extremely popular with viewers. So, when her character left, the departure rocked the NCIS fan base.
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But three years later, Weatherly — an original cast member — followed suit and also left the show, with the storyline being that Ziva had been killed in Israel, and he was leaving to care for their daughter. But, these departures were relatively low-key compared to Perrette’s exit. Not only was she also an original cast member, but Perrette had some behind-the-scenes drama with star Mark Harmon.
When they left, writers gave these characters hopeful storylines instead of killing them off. De Pablo’s character’s death didn’t happen until years after her departure, and the death happened off screen. But, Tony DiNozzo is still alive, and so is Abby Sciuto.
But, some of the newer cast members have suffered untimely deaths when they left the show, like Duane Henry’s character Reeves who died at the end of last season after getting mugged and shot. A mugger held both Reeves and Abby at gunpoint, and Henry’s character died while Perrette’s character didn’t.
As far as who could be the next to go, TV Insider says that there a few potential options. You have to take into consideration previous character departures, as well as how many seasons a character has been on the show and what the character was facing at the end of last season.
Based on these considerations, some of the characters who could be in danger are Vance (Rocky Carroll), Ducky (David McCallum, McGee (Sean Murray), and Gibbs (Mark Harmon). None of these actors have said anything about leaving NCIS, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen.
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Vance ended last season with a terrorist holding him hostage, while Ducky could possibly leave with a retirement storyline. But, with Gibbs and McGee being such important parts of the show’s fabric, they won’t likely be going anywhere anytime soon.
McCallum, Harmon, and Murray are the only original cast members left, but could their characters be living on borrowed time? Fans will just have to wait and see.
Season 16 of NCIS premieres Tuesday, September 25th on CBS.