There’s still a chance for that major cliffhanger to be explained.

NCIS: Hawai’i has been officially canceled for a couple of months now, but one of its lead characters still has a major reason to return to the franchise’s original show.

Canceled in April, NCIS’s most successful spinoff ended on a big cliffhanger that hinted at something significant and important coming Jane Tennant’s way.

Despite the disheartening ending that still troubles the show’s fans, Jane Tennant and whatever news she received may still have a chance to make a comeback via the original series. This time, however, the reason for her return might not be job-related.

If the news teased in NCIS: Hawai’i’s season 3 finale concerns developments in the head department, Vanessa Lachey’s Jane Tennant may return primarily to explore her potential relationship with Nick Torres. NCIS season 19 and NCIS: Hawai’i season 1 crossover hinted at a possible romance between the two characters, as Nick Torres was no longer in a relationship with Ellie Bishop, although it took him a long time to recover from the breakup.

Given the chemistry between them, Jane might seek a position at the MCRT to be closer to Nick, and she seems likely to succeed since she was the first female team leader in NCIS’s Hawaii department. Bringing Jane back through a possible romance with MCRT’s long-standing member Nick Torres and, even more excitingly, giving her a position in the head department (this also seems more feasible if Jessica Knight leaves the MCRT in season 22) now appears to be the only way to resolve Jane’s storyline after NCIS: Hawai’i’s cancellation.

While making Jane one of the lead characters may not be necessary, offering her story a proper conclusion is the least that CBS’s police procedural franchise can do at the moment.

NCIS season 22 is set to premiere on CBS this fall.

By chrysos