Mark Harmon’s tenure as Leroy Jethro Gibbs came to an end in the fourth episode of NCIS season 19. He didn’t, did he? It appears that the 70-year-time old’s on the popular CBS procedural has come to an end. But one major clue, according to some fans, has them convinced Gibbs is returning.
‘Great Wide Open,’ was the title of Mark Harmon’s final episode.
Gibbs finally found peace and said goodbye to his team after 18+ seasons and over 400 episodes. Harmon’s final episode as the star of television’s most-watched drama was Season 19, Episode 4 titled “Great Wide Open.”
The episode concluded with Gibbs and McGee (Sean Murray) fly fishing, with the special agent informing his protege that he would be staying in Alaska rather than returning to NCIS in Washington DC.
“I couldn’t have asked for anyone better to keep an eye on me for the past 18 years than you, Tim,” Gibbs said to McGee.
The last image fans saw of Gibbs was him in his waders, casting his line while smiling.
The ‘NCIS’ team is still missing Gibbs.
There have been significant changes at NCIS in the episodes since Gibbs’ departure. Alden Parker, Gary Cole’s agent, has taken over the team. But Gibbs remains a looming presence, and his absence is felt by all.
Kasie Hines, a forensic scientist, has been greatly affected by Gibbs’ departure (Diona Reasonover). Kasie was recently revealed to have been attending Krav Maga classes for weeks, and she’s also looking for a gun.
Kasie explained to Palmer (Brian Dietzen) that after contract k1ll3r Paul Lemere (Jason Wiles) kidnapped her (in the episode “Nearly Departed”) and being kidnapped in season 17, she was left wondering WWGS — what would Gibbs say?
“I was saved by Gibbs both times, so it’s on me when strike three occurs,” she explains.
‘NCIS’ fans have discovered a clue that leads them to believe Mark Harmon will return.
It’s been more than a month since Harmon’s departure in episode four. However, fans have noticed that he is still in the NCIS opening credits, which many believe indicates that Gibbs’ final appearance on the show has not occurred.
“Gibbs is still in the opening credits…which means I don’t think he’s left the series entirely… “He’ll return at some point,” one fan predicted.
“Hm…,” said another. Until they change the intro, I don’t think Gibbs is completely out of NCIS.” A third fan speculated that “Mark Harmon will return for an episode sometime this season.”
“He’s still in the opening credits, doing the ‘Stay tuned…’.” Also, he’s left and returned several times #NCIS,” the fan wrote.
The showrunner of ‘NCIS’ hinted that Gibbs might return.
On the same night that Harmon’s final episode aired, showrunner Steve Binder issued a statement indicating that Gibbs would return.
“As an executive producer and dear friend, Mark remains a vital part of the show’s fabric.” “Our north star has always been staying true to our characters, and that truth has always guided the stories we tell and the places those characters go,” Binder explained.
“In terms of Gibbs’ future, as long-time fans of the show may have noticed over the years… Never underestimate Leroy Jethro Gibbs.”
Gary Cole’s Agent Parker isn’t attempting to impersonate Mark Harmon’s Gibbs.
Cole is a seasoned performer who is no stranger to “dropping in on shows.” Coming in as the new lead on a series that’s been on the air for nearly two decades, on the other hand, is definitely something new. Cole, on the other hand, insists that he’s “not trying to be Gibbs.”
“Parker isn’t particularly chatty, but he’s more verbal.” “He’s not as old school; he tries to get his hands on new tech gadgets and impress everyone,” Cole explained to TV Line. “He’s attempting to blend in with the rest of the team.” Although he is hesitant to admit it, he admires Gibbs’ willingness to break the rules. Parker flexes them. We’ll see if it reaches the breaking point.”