NCIS LA’s Hetty continues to be a pivotal cog in the CBS series' machine

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NCIS LA stalwart Hetty Lange continues to be a pivotal cog in the CBS series' machine. But with her on yet another secret mission in season 13, one star behind one of Hetty's previous enemies has hinted at a possible comeback.

NCIS: Los Angeles' 13th season is now in full swing, with Kilbride (Gerard McRaney), Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen), and Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah) facing new challenges. The future of long-serving boss Hetty Lange (Linda Hunt), who went AWOL once more in the season 13 premiere on yet another top-secret assignment, is one storyline that continues to dominate the show.

Hetty's latest expedition is shrouded in as much secrecy as her season 12 absence, but fans should get answers soon enough.

A few clues from the NCIS LA season 13 premiere suggest that Hetty traveled to the Middle East after scouring a map of the Syrian Desert.

But this mission is unlike any other as the new man at the helm, Kilbride, admitted that he'd have no problem "disavowing" Hetty if any problems arose from her situation.

With so many unanswered questions, reached out to a former star who played a major foe of Hetty's in season five to see if they had any answers.

NCIS LA: Daniel Henney as Paul Angelo in season 5 (Image: CBS)

Back in the fifth season, a team leak led Hetty to track down and investigate disgraced former agent Paul Angelo (Daniel Henney).

Hetty clearly despised Angelo because of his ties to criminal Tyler Brunson (Stephen Wozniak) and wanted to question him alone.

In the season five episode Three Hearts, their rivalry came and went, but Angelo is still alive and well in the NCIS: LA universe.

So, when asked if he'd be interested in reprising his role as the disgraced agent, actor Henney didn't rule it out.

NCIS LA: Linda Hunt as Hetty (Image: GETTY/CBS)
NCIS LA: Daniel Henney at the Wheel of Time premiere (Image: GETTY)

When asked about a comeback on the red carpet ahead of the premiere of The Wheel of Time, Henney said, "I don't know, if they had me back, I would."

"That was because I was friends with one of the writers, and it was a favor I did."

"I'd return to Criminal Minds for an appearance because I actually love that show."

"NCIS: Los Angeles… I believe everyone is scattered, so if they wanted me back, I might think about it; I'll have to see what the story is."

So, while Henney has not confirmed his return for Season 13, the door appears to be open for him to do so.

And what more ideal of a storyline could there be than to wreak havoc on Hetty as she continues to work mysteriously away from the team?

For now though, fans will have to wait and see as Angelo’s return hasn’t been confirmed - although they can catch actor Henney in Amazon Prime’s new fantasy series The Wheel of Time.

Alongside Rosamund Pike, Henney takes on the role of Lan Mondrago to bring Robert Jordan’s famous fantasy novels to life on-screen.

Discussing the differences of the new Amazon drama with crime procedurals like Criminal Minds and NCIS LA, Henney added: “It’s so, so different.

“Criminal Minds in terms of like the family aspect of it that I had with the stars and the cast and crew, (that’s) the same. But this show - it just really challenges you.

“I think there were moments for all of us where we just had to come together and be like, ‘We’ve gotta get through it’. The scenes are big, (with) a lot of physical demands.

“Working with Rosamund [Pike] has been a dream come true, she’s so talented but also makes you bring your game every single day, she’s not gonna let you slip up - she’s the real deal.”

NCIS: Los Angeles season 13 airs Sundays on CBS in the USA. A UK release date is yet to be announced.

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