NCIS Star is Convinced That Mark Harmon’s Gibbs Will Return


NCIS fans have been wondering if Mark Harmon’s Gibbs will return, and star Sean Murray says he believes it is a real possibility.

Sean Murray of NCIS says he believes Mark Harmon’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs will return in a future episode. CBS’ hit procedural has long been one of television’s most consistent performers, and that holds true even now. NCIS season 19 has seen a number of changes to the core team, including the addition of two new members, Jessica Knight (Katrina Law) and Alden Parker (Gary Cole). With season 20 already in the works, the series will air its season finale in just over a week, telling a story that will put Agent Parker in the crosshairs when he is falsely accused of murd3r.

Despite the fact that NCIS season 19 explores the new team dynamics and provides plenty of twisty mysteries involving the US Navy, there is one major character who looms over the series. Harmon, who had led NCIS as the stoic Agent Gibbs since the show’s inception in 2003, abruptly left the show in season 19. It had been rumored for some time, but the revelation that Gibbs had decided to stay in Alaska after a long case still surprised everyone. NCIS season 19 has mentioned Gibbs several times, and it’s possible that his story isn’t finished yet.


Murray, who plays rookie-turned-seasoned agent Timothy McGee, agrees. In a recent interview with Parade, Murray stated that he believes there is a good chance Harmon will reprise his role as Gibbs. And, lest fans think he’s just playing them, Murray insists he’s being truthful about his beliefs. He states:

“He [Harmon] comes in. I last saw him about two weeks ago. So he’s present. He hasn’t packed his belongings and left town. I’m not saying this as a tease or anything, but I truly believe that the Gibbs could appear somewhere. That is something I firmly believe is possible.”

Murray also admits that he and former NCIS co-star Michael Weatherly frequently joke about his own possible return as Very Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo. With Weatherly’s show Bull having recently concluded, there is a good chance DiNozzo will return to NCIS. However, based on Murray’s comments, it appears that Harmon’s retaliation is more likely. Harmon remains an executive producer on the show, and his name appears in the opening credits. It would be simple to have him film a quick scene for a new NCIS episode, assuming Harmon is interested in doing so.


It’s unclear whether Gibbs will appear in the upcoming NCIS season 19 finale. With the main plot centered on his replacement, Parker, it may be best for Gibbs to sit this one out. At the same time, I’d like to know how he’s doing all the way up in Alaska. NCIS producer Steven D. Binder previously hinted that the season 19 finale would see McGee assume leadership, so perhaps he could call Gibbs for advice. Now that one of the stars has raised the possibility, it may only be a matter of time before Harmon makes another appearance on NCIS.

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