Season 14 of NCIS: Los Angeles will see the return of Hetty, played by Linda Hunt since the series premiere in 2009. Executive producer R. Scott Gemmill confirmed the plans for Hetty’s return to Variety on October 11, after the season 14 debut revealed that Hetty had faked her death in Syria. Hetty has not been on the show since the season 13 premiere last year.
Hetty was in Syria where a body was discovered that the NCIS team found out about on the season 14 premiere. It was revealed that the victim was actually a child, although Hetty’s ID was attached to the body, although this confirmed that Hetty wanted everyone to think she was dead. According to R. Scott, the plan is for Hetty to come back for Agent Callen’s wedding to Anna.
“Hetty was an integral force within the agency and a particularly important part of Callen’s past,” he said Variety. “As Callen begins to think about his upcoming wedding to Anna, he will want Hetty present. The plan is to go rescue her at some point and find out what she got herself into in Syria, but we’re just trying to find out when we can. The goal is to make it happen this season.”
After 12 seasons, Linda’s role in NCIS: LA has been reduced for season 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 77-year-old Oscar winner guest-starred that season, making just one appearance. R. Scott talked about Hetty’s absence at PaleyFest in April 2022, one month before season 13 ended. “Her story continues,” he said Parade. “She was in at the beginning of this season and then we made her disappear. The plan is to follow it up next year with some kind of reveal.”
The NCIS: LA casting also includes Chris O’Donnell as Agent Callen, Daniela Ruah as Agent Kensi Blye, Eric Christian Olsen as Agent Marty Deeks, and LL Cool J as Agent Sam Hanna. We can’t wait for Hetty to return in time for Callen and Anna’s wedding! NCIS: LA airs Sundays at 10:00 PM on CBS.