The season twelve finale of CBS’ “NCIS,” the show that launched spin-offs such as “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “NCIS: New Orleans”, left viewers quite literally at the edge of their seats as everyone’s favorite NCIS team leader, NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) was shot down in the last few minutes by the very person he was trying to protect. Thankfully, fans and viewers of the long-running CBS military procedural can finally breathe a sigh of relief as news of Gibbs’ fate, and what will happen to the rest of his team this year, has finally been released. WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the upcoming season of “NCIS”. Read on only to learn more about what will happen next to Leroy Jethro Gibbs and the rest of his team.
First off, fans and viewers will be happy to learn that NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), after being shot down in an Iraqi market, according to TV Guide’s preview of the returning fall shows, is still alive and kicking.
According to TV Line, the first episode of season thirteen will pick up from events of season twelve’s finale.
In the premiere episode, Gibbs will have to struggle to survive, as guest star Jon Cryer, who will portray Dr. Cyril Taft, tries to save his life on board a Navy hospital ship.
Meanwhile, NCIS Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo, Jr. (Michael Weatherly) and CIA Officer Joanna Teague (Mimi Rogers) will fly out to Shanghai, China. They did it in order to get to the bottom of the terrorist group called the “Calling.” They had been investigating it, and the one who had caused Gibbs’ current predicament, and caused Joanna’s son to meet his untimely demise.
However, despite the fact that Gibbs is still alive, according to TV Guide, he will still have to recover from his “near death experience.” This, of course, will impact and affect him physically, but also on an emotional and psychological level. It will be seen in how he deals with things, and with their cases in the upcoming season.
This sentiment was echoed by Harmon’s cast members, during a recent interview with TV Line. Weatherly went on to add that all of this will see a very big shift, tone wise, for the series, which will also impact its future.
These changes, according to TV Guide, will cause Gibbs to clash with both of his senior agents- Tony and NCIS Special Agent Timothy “Tim” McGee (Sean Murray), who will, during Gibbs’ recovery period, will be stepping up and take on more responsibilities as leaders.
Actor Rocky Carroll, who portrays NCIS Director Leon Vance, told TV Line that this storyline will allow characters such as Tony and McGee. They have been evolving ever since day one, to become who they were truly meant to be, especially with regards to NCIS.
As for the rest of the season, fans and viewers of the long-running military procedural will have to wait for what surprises are in store for the team, as actor Sean Murray mentioned to TV Line that there are quite a few surprises coming up. However, it seems as if the future of Gibbs’ team is in safe hands, especially as actor Brian Dietzen, who portrays Dr. Donald Mallard’s (David McCallum) trusty assistant, Jimmy Palmer teased that the show’s writers have created “one of their most cohesive plans” for everyone in “NCIS”.
Are you relieved that Gibbs is still alive? Who do you think could succeed Gibbs as the team’s next leader- Tony or McGee? Do you think Gibbs’ time as the stalwart leader of the team is over? Are you looking forward to “NCIS” Season 13? What do you want to see, and what storylines would you want to happen with regards to the characters in the upcoming season? Let us know what your theories and thoughts are in the comments below!
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Catch “NCIS” when it returns on CBS on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.
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