Deeks floated the idea of an engagement in the March 19 episode (in which he and Kensi also had The Talk about whether they want to have children), and the original plan was to have a proposal in Season 7. But now executive producer Scott Gemmill tells TVGuide.com that, while there is a plan in place for Deeks to get down on one knee, it probably won't come until Season 8.
"We will not see, I don't think, a proper proposal until next season, because we have an idea for how to do that that I want to play out," Gemmill explains. "I already know how we're going to do it. It's just, the fans have waited long enough that we want it to be worth the wait."
The kids discussion also hasn't been put to bed for good, Gemmill notes. "That's a real conversation that has to be had, and possibly more than once. I think it's one thing to say it now, but it's another thing as time goes on and situations change," he says. "Once they are officially engaged, then I think that conversation will come back again. And it's tricky, because neither one of them wants to give up their career, and can you have two parents in life-and-death situations on a daily basis? Is that proper parenting, or is that negligence in some way?"
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