Deeks and Kensi (Daniela Ruah) will face some challenges in Season 13 that have to do with their future as a family and the fact that Kensi is being targeted by a murderer, David Kessler (Frank Military), who wants revenge because she played a part in his arrest. Another storyline to be covered in the 13th season has to do with the continuation of Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and Anna Kolcheck’s (Bar Paly) relationship, which was a bit derailed in Season 12 after he found that she had lied to him.
Additionally, the role of retired Navy Admiral Hollis Kilbride (Gerald McRaney) is getting more play this season, too. McRaney, who has been a recurring player on the series for seven years, is becoming a series regular (via Deadline). At this point it’s a bit unclear what his character, who has provided counsel and assistance to the NCIS team, will be doing every week, but he comes in to help fill the gap left by the departures of agent Nell Jones (Renée Felice Smith) and techie Eric Beale (Barrett Foa). Also returning to the fold is Hetty (Linda Hunt), who unpacked her belongings in the final episode of Season 12 and may end up sharing duties with Kilbride.
Of course, shirtless Deeks is definitely a great way to get people to tune in. We want to know why he’s starting the season that way and we expect other fans will too, so hopefully, that’s a harbinger of good things to come this fall on “NCIS: LA.”