Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for Season 18 of NCIS.
Dating a co-worker is a direct violation of Rule No. 12 on NCIS, but fans are hoping that some rules are meant to be broken when it comes to Ellie Bishop (Emily Wickersham) and Nick Torres (Wilmer Valderrama).
Though the two are relative newcomers on the popular CBS procedural (after all, it's been on the air since 2003), their chemistry has already rivaled the past will-they-won't-they couples.
In Season 17, Bishop and Torres went on a double date, and the two pretended to be a couple for an undercover mission. Viewers definitely noticed that the pair could be a power couple, but some were concerned that it wasn't the appropriate time for them to get together.
When Season 17 ended abruptly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, things were left up in the air for Torres and Bishop.
Will Bishop and Torres get together on NCIS? Keep reading to find out what insiders from the show have said and what the Season 18 finale will bring for the two.
Will Bishop and Torres get together on 'NCIS'?
With Season 18 in full swing, there's still not a lot of clarity about whether or not Bishop and Torres will become a couple. The show does have a track record of teasing romances for multiple seasons, as evidenced by Ziva (Cote de Pablo) and Tony (Michael Weatherly), who were known to fans as Tiva.
Plus, Season 18 will be the shortest one in the show's history to date. With 16 episodes instead of its usual 23 to 24, there might not be as much time to really develop their relationship in a way that's satisfying for longtime fans.
Viewers aren't the only ones who are waiting to find out if they will get together. Actor Wilmer Valderrama shared the two are entering a crossroads in their relationship.
In April of 2021, the actor spoke with TV Line about where he hopes the flirtation goes as Season 18 continues.
"We’re coming to a crossroads for these two characters where they have to really be honest about who they are to each other and who they are to themselves. That’s something that I think the writers have done very well, in a breadcrumb type of way. The question of what they are outside of the badge is something that will be addressed this season," he said.
He also teased about a major moment coming up for the potential couple. "There is a big moment they are going to experience — and who knows, is it the moment they wanted, or a moment they didn’t want?" he said.
The promo for the finale of Season 18 might reveal the couple's fate.
Season 18 has already pulled back some of the layers on Torres and Bishop's relationship. In Season 18, Episode 6, we found the pair trapped in explosive prison cells, struggling to safely escape. In the heat of the frightening moment, both revealed that they have some emotions for each other, though they still never cross the line into calling those emotions romantic. They both admit that they are fighting to escape for each other and that they can't bear to think of the other hurt.
But it looks like they might finally reveal their feelings in the Season 18 finale, "Rule 91." According to the synopsis for the final episode, "While pursuing a dangerous arms dealer, the team is shocked when Bishop is implicated in an old NSA leak. Also, Gibbs and Marcie (Pam Dawber) realize that the killer they’ve been tracking may be onto them."
That NSA leak is leading a lot of fans to be concerned that Bishop may be leaving the show altogether, but the promo for the final episode has revealed that the leak might also affect Bishop and Torres' relationship. In it, we see the two in a passionate embrace. But is it a goodbye kiss? Could it be a moment that they didn't really want, like Wilmer teased?
We'll have to see when the finale airs May 25 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.