Fans of NCIS are hoping Michael Weatherly will return to replace Mark Harmon, who has left the show.
Weatherly played Special Agent Tony DiNozzo until 2016, when he moved on to the sitcom “Bull.” With “Bull” ending and Harmon departing NCIS, fans are speculating about Weatherly’s return. But bringing him back would be a mistake.
Weatherly’s character, Tony, had a significant storyline with Ziva David (Cote de Pablo), which culminated in them having a child together. Tony left NCIS to find their daughter after Ziva was presumed dead.
However, Ziva’s return in season 16 revealed she faked her death, and the family reunited off-screen in Paris.
It would be counterproductive to Tony’s character growth to reinstate him as team leader at this time.
His kid is his top priority, and returning to his old career would go against his decision to protect her. A cameo may work, but making him a regular member would disrupt prior plots.
Furthermore, Tony would have to contend with the current team leader, Alden Parker (Gary Cole).
NCIS has evolved with new characters and dynamics, such as Nick Torres and Kasie Hines. Some fans welcome the change in leadership, appreciating the show’s ability to evolve.
Bringing back Tony may excite fans at first, but it may disappoint in the long run because it changes the show’s dynamics. NCIS’s success stems from its ability to add new aspects and advance the story, and reintroducing previous characters may impede that advancement.
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