After an illustrious two-decade run, Mark Harmon, renowned as Leroy Jethro Gibbs in NCIS, has officially departed from the show. Gibbs bid farewell in the 19th season, opting to stay in Alaska. The transition to Season 20 sees Sean Murray taking on the role of McGee as the new face of the series.

The fan response to this change has been varied, with some embracing it and others feeling a sense of loss with Gibbs’ departure. Harmon, explaining his decision, highlighted his commitment to keeping the character dynamic and challenging.

Although Harmon has stepped away from his on-screen role, he maintains a connection with the show behind the scenes, leaving the door slightly open for a potential guest appearance in the future. The farewell episode, titled “Great Wide Open,” features Gibbs and McGee teaming up for a case in Alaska, concluding with Gibbs choosing to stay and part ways with NCIS.

Throughout the episode, subtle hints create a farewell tour atmosphere. While the moment is bittersweet, many believe Gibbs has earned a respite and a chance for solitude. The narrative intentionally leaves the door open for a possible return in future seasons, keeping fans intrigued and anticipating what might come next.

By chrysos