• "Hetty" has rarely been on NCIS: LA this season
  • How is she doing?
  • The showrunner now provides clarity

NCIS: LA is now in its 13th season on screens. At the beginning, "Hetty" (Linda Hunt) still appeared in the opening episode before she left for Syria. Ever since, fans have been wondering what the agent is up to and when she'll reunite with her team.

If you were hoping for a "Hetty" comeback in the season finale, which airs in just a few weeks, you will be disappointed. As showrunner R. Scott Gemmill told Parade, "Hetty" won't be back this season. However, there is no threat of an exit for the time being.

"Her story continues," said Gemill. "She was in at the beginning of this season and then we had her disappear. The plan is to follow that up next year with some reveal." So for the fans, there is neither a resolution nor a reunion this season.

NCIS: LA: So it goes with "Hetty"

Linda Hunt has largely withdrawn from NCIS: LA since the beginning of COVID-19. She belongs to the high-risk group at 77, so she was isolated from the other cast and crew members. Her few scenes were filmed off-set under strict conditions.

The showrunner also revealed there's a lot to clear up with "Callen" (Chris O'Donnell) when "Hetty" returns: "We've pitted her a little bit against Callen in terms of what he went through as a child, so that's something we’re very eager to explore and have fun with."

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Instead, the season finale, which will air at the end of May, will focus on other characters. The showrunner promised more on "Kensi" (Daniela Ruah) and "Deeks" (Eric Christian Olsen) starting a family. As was previously announced, viewers will also get a closer look at the family of "Sam Hanna" (LL Cool J).

It's not yet known when "Hetty" will return in season 14. A big question that needs to be answered then is that of "Admiral Kilbride" (Gerald McRaney). He took over the NCIS: LA team for "Hetty."

Will "Kilbride" relinquish the position after her comeback? It would also be possible that Linda Hunt says goodbye in season 14. That remains to be seen.