Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for the Season 18 finale of NCIS.
The 18th season of NCIS has left fans shocked over Gibbs' decisions. After the special agent crossed a serious line (with no remorse), he was forced to leave his position and has been suspended ever since.
The storyline has been a major part of the season, with his team having to make do without him. Though, of course, he's still been pulled into plenty of drama.
Over the years, almost all of the original NCIS cast members have left the CBS show. But Mark Harmon has remained, playing Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs for more than 400 episodes now. But does this suspension spell the end for the agent?
Does Gibbs leave 'NCIS'?
As far as whether or not Gibbs will be returning to his team, that remains to be seen. However, we do know that Season 19 of NCIS is coming, and Mark Harmon has negotiated his contract to allow him to be a part of it. What hasn't been revealed is to what capacity Mark will be on the show. It remains unknown if he will continue in his series regular role.
During the Season 18 finale, Gibbs' boat (ironically named Rule 91) blew up — and fans were convinced it was the end of Gibbs. However, the special agent swam away from the incident seemingly unscathed.
"WTH? I just stopped breathing for a sec. You can’t stop Leroy Jethro Gibbs," one fan tweeted about the shocking finale. Another agreed, adding, "Oh no! Gibbs boat [blew] into pieces. Shew. Happy he’s OK."
A third theorized, "Wait wait wait — GIBBS KNEW ABOUT THE BOMB AND FAKED HIS OWN DEATH omg he pulled a Ziva."
So, why did Gibbs get suspended in the first place?
In Episode 10 of Season 18, titled "Watchdog," an investigation about a missile in Virginia leads to the discovery of an animal abuser. Gibbs confronts the man he believes is responsible for the deaths of multiple dogs, leading to a violent attack that leaves the abuser, Luke (Max Adler), in the hospital with a broken nose, a concussion, and multiple head contusions.
Inspector Coyle (Hugo Armstrong) arrests Gibbs, who refuses to talk but tells his companions to tell the truth. They end up lying on his behalf, which puts them in further danger, and Gibbs eventually confesses to Coyle to save his team. Gibbs does admit he has no regrets roughing up Luke, which concerns NCIS Director Vance (Rocky Carroll), who then asks for his badge and gun.
Gibbs is currently suspended "indefinitely," but he's gotten out of tight spots before (like an exploding boat).
So, what's next for Gibbs? We'll have to wait until Season 19 of NCIS to find out!