After an impressive two-decade run, Mark Harmon, renowned for his portrayal of Leroy Jethro Gibbs on NCIS, has bid adieu to the show. Gibbs’ departure was solidified in the 19th season when he opted to remain in Alaska. Although Harmon was initially credited in the final season, Season 20 introduces Sean Murray as the new face, now taking on the role of McGee.

The fan response to this transition has been a mixed bag, with some embracing the change and others expressing a sense of loss with Gibbs’ exit. Harmon, in elucidating his decision, underscored 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 the door slightly ajar for a potential guest appearance down the road. In the farewell episode titled “Great Wide Open,” Gibbs and McGee team up for a case in Alaska, culminating in Gibbs choosing to stay and part ways with NCIS.

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

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