The newest episode acted as a goodbye for Harmon’s character, Particular Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, who has been with the collection for the previous 18 years after first being launched on the present “JAG” in 2003.
In line with Deadline, Monday’s episode, “Nice Huge Open,” noticed Gibbs and Particular Agent Timothy McGee, performed by Sam Murray, enterprise to Alaska to discover a contract killer who was employed by a neighborhood firm. Within the aftermath of the case, Gibbs all of the sudden knowledgeable his companion and NCIS director, Vance (Rocky Carroll), that he wouldn’t be returning to regulation enforcement. As a substitute, he opted to remain in Alaska, noting that he had discovered a “sense of peace” within the north and wasn’t prepared to provide it up simply but.
The transfer comes as no shock to followers who had been speculating for months that Harmon’s time on the present could be coming to an finish. The Hollywood Reporter beforehand revealed that he signed a deal to return to the present in Season 19, however at a restricted capability. Though he’ll stay with the franchise as a producer, it appears his time in entrance of the digicam on the present is at an finish as of Monday.
Fortuitously, the present will go on with present cast members equivalent to Murray, Carroll, Katrina Legislation, Gary Cole, Brian Dietzen, David McCallum, Wilmer Valderrama and Diona Reasonover. In the meantime, showrunner Steven D. Binder famous that Harmon’s Particular Agent Gibbs continues to be on the market on the planet of the present and welcome to return ought to the actor determine to reprise his function.
“As an govt producer and expensive buddy, Mark continues to be an integral a part of the material of the present,” Binder stated in an announcement (by way of The Hollywood Reporter). “Our north star has all the time been staying true to our characters, and that fact has all the time guided the tales we inform and the place these characters go. So relating to the way forward for Gibbs, as long-time followers of the present might have seen through the years … by no means rely Leroy Jethro Gibbs out.”