After an illustrious two-decade run, Mark Harmon, the iconic Leroy Jethro Gibbs of NCIS, has officially said goodbye to the show. Gibbs’ departure was sealed in the 19th season when he made the decision to stay in Alaska. While Harmon was initially credited in the final season, Season 20 introduces Sean Murray, now portraying McGee, as the new face of the series.

The fan response to this transition has been varied, with some embracing the change and others expressing a sense of loss with Gibbs’ exit. Harmon, in explaining his decision, emphasized 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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