Linda Hunt's Character Hetty's Recent Conversation with Callen Has NCIS: LA Fans Thinking She's Leaving the Show

Fan's of "NCIS: Los Angeles" think Linda Hunt's character, "Hetty" might leave the show following her conversation with "Callen" on the latest episode.

Fans love to theorize and speculate on how their favorite TV shows should go, and the latest episode of "NCIS: Los Angeles" has fans thinking about the future of the show's "Hetty" portrayed by Linda Hunt.

Linda Hunts on set of NCIS: Los Angeles | Photo: Getty Images

Linda Hunts on set of NCIS: Los Angeles | Photo: Getty Images

THEORIES AND SPECULATION

The Sunday night episode had "Eric Beale" portrayed by Barrett Foa in danger and need of the team's help. Chris O'Donnell's character "Callen" teamed up with "Hanna" to help free their teammate who was in a hostage situation, and Hunt's character returned to help.

In the course of the episode, "Hetty" and "Callen" had a conversation that turned towards who would succeed her as she won't be on the show forever.

While O'Donnell's character noted that he thought "Nell," portrayed by Renee Felice Smith, was getting groomed for the top job, "Hetty" said he's the most likely candidate to take over.

NOT READY TO SAY GOODBYE

The conversation led to an uproar among the fans of the show, and they took to Twitter to air their views. One fan speculated on who should replace Hunt's character, writing:

"My #NCISLA guess: Fatima will come back to take Hetty's position on the team. Skilled, well trained, cool-headed, gone to DC for a special mission Hetty sent her on."

Linda Hunts on set of NCIS: Los Angeles | Photo: Getty Images

Linda Hunts on set of NCIS: Los Angeles | Photo: Getty Images

Another fan quoted the actress's conversation with O'Donnell, writing at the end,

"… I'm not ready for Hetty to say goodbye."

Hunt's character has not been consistent on the show since she suffered an accident in July 2018.

Linda Hunts on set of NCIS: Los Angeles | Photo: Getty Images

Linda Hunts on set of NCIS: Los Angeles | Photo: Getty Images

Season 10 of the procedural drama was on at the time, and while the actress did not sustain any life-threatening injuries, she said in a statement obtained by TV Line that she was taking a short break to heal, and would return later in the season.

"HETTY" IS NOT LEAVING YET

The actress made a spectacular comeback in episode 17, "Till Death Do Us Part," driving through a wall in a yellow car. She arrived to attend and officiate "Deek" and "Kensi" wedding, and also remind the team that family is what's most important.

Linda Hunts on set of NCIS: Los Angeles | Photo: Getty Images

Linda Hunts on set of NCIS: Los Angeles | Photo: Getty Images

Fans expected the Academy Award winner to remain, but she left after the episode and has taken on a guest role in season 11. NCIS showrunners have not made any statement regarding Hunt's future, and in the meantime, fans can expect her back sometime this month.

NCIS airs on CBS on Sunday at 9 p.m.

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