It's been a while since "Hetty Lange" graced our TV screens. Not long ago, rumours were even circulating that the NCIS: L.A. fan-favourite, played by actress Linda Hunt, might leave the hit series.

But NCIS: L.A. season 11 was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a few weeks, the CBS series will enter season 12 and the cast has been busy working on new episodes. On Monday, ET shared a first glimpse of the upcoming premiere, publishing a first picture from the set — and it's a "Hetty" sighting after all.

The photo reveals where "Hetty" will be to start the new season. It shows her outfitted in camouflage and with a helmet, as she appears to be on an operations base in a conflict area.

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In the season 12 premiere, titled "The Bear," a Russian bomber is lost while flying over U.S. soil. Special agents "Sam" (LL Cool J) and "Callen" (Chris O'Donnell) must track it down in the desert to secure weapons and information before Russians destroy the plane.

But that's not all. In the meantime, "Hetty" gives "Nell" (Renée Felice Smith) a mysterious new assignment. Bring on the new season!

On Nov. 8, NCIS: L.A. returns to CBS, followed by an undetermined date for international viewers. Click here to see the full schedule of CBS start dates, including NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, and more.

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