Mark Harmon, renowned for his two-decade portrayal of Leroy Jethro Gibbs on NCIS, has bid farewell to the show in its 19th season. In a poignant departure, Gibbs chooses to remain in Alaska. While Harmon was initially credited in the final season, Season 20 introduces Sean Murray as the new face, taking on the role of McGee.

Fan reactions to this transition vary, with some embracing the change while others express a sense of loss with Gibbs’ exit. Harmon, in explaining his decision, underscores his commitment to keeping the character dynamic and challenging.

Despite stepping away from the on-screen role, Harmon maintains a connection with the show behind the scenes, leaving room for a potential guest appearance in the future. The farewell episode, titled “Great Wide Open,” sees Gibbs and McGee teaming up for a case in Alaska, ultimately leading to Gibbs choosing to stay and part ways with NCIS.

Throughout the episode, subtle hints create a farewell tour atmosphere. While bittersweet, many feel Gibbs has earned a respite and a chance for solitude. The narrative leaves the door open for a possible return in future seasons, adding an element of anticipation for fans.

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