‘NCIS’ Season 18: Wilmer Valderrama Hints Mark Harmon’s Gibbs May Finally Be Ready to Pass the Torch

by Jeremy Spirogis

The forged and crew of NCIS is lastly again to work after a six-month hiatus. They began capturing season 18 in early September. But CBS has remained tight-lipped about particulars, together with a premiere date. For updates, followers have turned to forged members’ social media feeds and interviews. Some followers consider that Wilmer Valderrama simply dropped a clue that Mark Harmon is lastly able to go the torch.

‘NCIS’ stars Mark Harmon and Wilmer Valderrama | Cliff Lipson/CBS by way of Getty Images

‘NCIS’ has confirmed that one among Gibbs’ mysterious disappearance will probably be defined

During season 17, followers witnessed Gibbs (Harmon) undergo a major character change. The hardened chief lastly revealed a extra susceptible facet to his co-workers, particularly McGee (Sean Murray).

According to Express, the upcoming season will proceed to discover this transformation. And, they might presumably reveal that the occasion which sparked it occurred throughout one among Gibbs’ thriller disappearances. In Season 17, Episode 8, titled “Musical Chairs,” Gibbs briefly went AWOL. When he returned with a black eye, he shared little or no details about his absence.

Co-showrunner Steve Binder says that followers are lastly going to get some solutions about that mysterious disappearance. He revealed that the season 18 premiere will decide up “back in time”  in a “pre-COVID world” when Gibbs was on that secret mission.

There will probably be a multi-episode arc exploring the mission, and through that point his crew will probably be again in Washington D.C. By the time Gibbs returns, Binder says they’ll “be in a COVID world at that point.” But, these episodes may not air till February.

The CBS procedural will attain a significant milestone throughout season 18

Because the pandemic lower season 17 quick, they weren’t in a position to shoot the ultimate 4 deliberate episodes. This signifies that the NCIS season 18 premiere will probably be episode 399. For their particular 400th episode, NCIS will leap again about 20 years to when Gibbs and Ducky (David McCallum) first met.

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Adam Campbell is anticipated to return as younger Ducky within the episode. And, Mark Harmon’s son Sean will probably be enjoying the position of younger Gibbs within the one-off particular. This isn’t the primary time Sean is taking over the half, as followers have seen him a half-dozen instances earlier than.

Delilah Fielding may even be returning to the position of Margo Harshman this season after skipping season 17. Maria Bello (Jack Sloane) is anticipated to be in eight episodes earlier than her exit. She introduced earlier this yr that season 18 could be her final. Although, it isn’t clear when and the way she will probably be leaving.

Will Mark Harmon go the torch after 18 seasons on ‘NCIS’?

Harmon has been a mainstay on NCIS since day one. Not solely is he the star of the present, he’s additionally the manager producer. His character has guided the NCIS crew via tons of of instances. And, rumors have been swirling for some time now that the 69-year-old is able to transfer on.

As Express factors out, Valderrama’s character Nick Torres works intently with Gibbs, and he would appear to be a major candidate for his substitute. However, Harmon made it clear in 2019 that he’s not “calling it a day” simply but.

Valderrama says Gibbs goes to be a significant affect in how Torres evolves as a frontrunner. And, his hints concerning the upcoming season have some followers believing Gibbs is grooming Torres to take over.

“In the last season, you saw a lot of them come together as the veteran wolf coming in with the young wolf,” Valderrama defined. “You’re going to see that play out a lot this season. How Gibbs is going to seem a little bit and feel a little bit responsible for the restructuring of Torres’ morality.”

CBS has not but introduced the NCIS season 18 premiere date.

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