What Happened to Gibbs' Wife & Daughter in NCIS? The Tragic Backstory Revealed

Behind the Badge: The Untold Story of Gibbs' Loss

What Happened to Gibbs' Wife & Daughter in NCIS? The Tragic Backstory Revealed

Behind Leroy Jethro Gibbs' hardened exterior lies a complex and tragic past, shaped by the devastating loss of his wife, Shannon, and daughter, Kelly. Mark Harmon, who portrayed Gibbs for 19 seasons, is set to return in the highly anticipated NCIS: Origins spinoff series, which will delve into Gibbs' early days as a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

NCIS Reveals Gibbs' Family's Fate: Murdered by a Drug Dealer

Shannon and Kelly Gibbs smiling happily together.
Shannon and Kelly Gibbs smiling happily together.

In a pivotal double episode titled "Hiatus" during NCIS season 3, the truth behind the Gibbs family tragedy is revealed. Shannon and Kelly were brutally murdered by Pedro Hernandez, a drug dealer whom Shannon witnessed killing a Marine. This tragic event would set the stage for Gibbs' relentless pursuit of justice and his eventual career with NCIS.

How Shannon & Kelly's Deaths Shaped Gibbs' NCIS Career

Shannon and Kelly Gibbs smiling happily together.
Shannon and Kelly Gibbs smiling happily together.

The upcoming NCIS: Origins spinoff will explore the aftermath of Shannon and Kelly's deaths and how they fueled Gibbs' transition from the Marine Corps to NCIS. The series is expected to portray the profound impact of their loss on Gibbs' life and career choices.

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In NCIS season 9, episode 14, "Life Before His Eyes," it's revealed that if Shannon had never testified against Pedro Hernandez, Gibbs would have stayed in the Marine Corps, and Shannon and Kelly would have had to bear the loss of their spouse and father.

The Legacy of Gibbs' Tragic Past

Shannon and Kelly's deaths remain a significant part of Gibbs' backstory, shaping his character and motivations throughout the NCIS series. Their memory continues to resonate with fans as they eagerly await the next chapter in Gibbs' story in the NCIS: Origins spinoff.

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