Never say never in the television world, right?
With that cliche in mind, NCIS fans are now preparing to say something else entirely:
Holy $hit! No way!!!!!!!
At one point during the horribly boring Super Bowl on Sunday night, CBS aired a promo for the next all-new episode of NCIS, which will air on Tuesday, February 12.
"You thought her story was over," a narrator says over shots of Cote De Pablo as Ziva, fueling speculating and a great many questions by adding:
"Now the biggest NCIS secret of all will be revealed."
It's Ziva, one character also says, while Mark Harmon's lead agent intones: Don't tell me about Ziva!
We think we speak for all fans of the long-running drama when we say: WAIT... WHAT?!?
For the record, the official network tagline for this installment reads as follows:
After a malnourished and confused 9-year-old is found hiding in a storage unit, NCIS reopens an old missing persons case when the girl is believed to be the daughter of a Navy recruit who disappeared 10 years ago.
Also, Bishop discovers notes that Special Agent Ziva David kept on the case long after NCIS officially stopped investigating.
De Pablo, of course, left the drama in 2013.
She did so in memorable and seemingly concluding fashion after her character kissed Michael Weatherly's Tony, her colleague and love interest, on her way out.
Two seasons later, when Weatherly then left the show, viewers learned Ziva had a daughter…and had died in an attack.
It's worth noting, however, that her body was never found and/or shown on screen.
"As far as my decision to leave, that's a personal thing, and I'd rather leave it at that," De Pablo told TV Guide.
"The idea of leaving was not something I toyed around with for a long time. It was an overwhelmingly hard thing - at times terrifying.
"Leaving NCIS was not planned, so there is no plan. If I were panicking now, it would defeat the purpose.
"I need to get really excited about something, because for eight years I was really excited about this character. I don't want to start anything unless it's like that."
Check out the mysterious preview here and then follow our link to watch NCIS online if you need to catch up prior to this huge reveal.