Thank you Sam84!
While I am aware that we are not actually in danger of having Sam or Callen killed off, there did seem to a be a good amount of tension as to whether or not they're getting rescued.
As for the commentary on TVline, I'm thinking Talia's advice goes something like this: "Your partner talked you about the whole time we worked together. I happen to think he's a great cop and pretty easy on the eyes but he's clearly got a thing for you, so I didn't make a move. That courtesy will not last forever. Figure out your 'thing.' "
The following is pure speculation on my part:
We know Hetty is in pretty deep doo-doo over the Afghanistan debacle (and she probably should be!) and had to get out of it somehow. A huge chunk of her mystique is what she knows and who she knows. Along those lines, I'm wondering if Senator Lockhart (from Merry Evasion) might show up again. He was pretty vocal about owing the team a debt and it would be a plausible way to get Hetty out of trouble.
Of course, I also want to see a nice smack-down from Vance first, preferable with Granger in the room. I think they'd play nicely off each other and it gives me hope of seeing Grager go toe-to-toe with Gibbs. Which would be epic.