A Team Player Like No Other: How Mark Harmon's Loyalty Shaped NCIS

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For years, fans have worried about Mark Harmon's departure from his iconic role as Leroy Jethro Gibbs on NCIS. Season 18 fueled these anxieties with Gibbs' suspension and reduced appearances.

Is this the end for Gibbs?

Harmon, the longtime team leader, has acknowledged the impermanence of characters, stating in a 2015 interview, "I really believe...anyone on the show is replaceable."

In season 17, he hinted at his exit strategy: "If ever writers walk into the room and say, 'I don't know what to do,' that's when they should be done." He also acknowledged the show's unique place in his career.

Recent developments, including Gibbs' darker storyline and the guest appearance of Harmon's real-life wife, Pam Dawber, have further fueled speculation about his exit.

Uncertain Future

With Harmon's contract ending after season 18, both his and NCIS's futures remain unclear. Will he return? Can the show continue without him? Only time will tell.

Mark Harmon's portrayal of Leroy Jethro Gibbs in NCIS is iconic. His unwavering loyalty to his team and his unwavering commitment to justice are just a few reasons why fans love the show. What are your favorite Gibbs moments?

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