‘NCIS’: Is Gibbs Ditching the Rest of His Team Again?

by Clayton Edwards

We’ve only seen three episodes of NCIS season 19 and it’s already a wild ride. In the first installments, we learned that Gibbs survived the boat explosion. Then, we saw them put the proverbial band back together. However, we also saw Gibbs go rogue in episode three. This leaves many wondering if he is going to strike out on his own again.

During the latest episode of NCIS, we saw Gibbs, FBI Agent Parker, and Paul Lemere, the “serial killer,” they’ve been hunting in a car together. Lemere was supposed to be taking them to his first victim. However, it looked like he was more interested in getting under Gibbs’ skin. It worked. At one point, Gibbs and Parker discussed giving up on their outing with the killer. Then, Gibbs drives away with Lemere. The mind games only got worse from there.

While that was happening, Torres and Knight took a trip to the Pentagon to get a lead on who is paying Lemere. After a little digging, they focused on Sonova Industries. It looks like they hired Lemere to “take care” of anyone who stood in the way of their mining endeavors in Alaska.

At the end of the episode, Gibbs and fellow NCIS agent McGee decided to travel to Alaska to get more answers about Lemere and those who lined his pockets.

Will Gibbs Split from the ‘NCIS’ Team?

It looks like Gibbs and McGee are going to be away from the team for a while. If we look at the synopsis for episode four, we get some hints. In the next episode of NCIS, “Gibbs and McGee head to Alaska while the team works at home to uncover the company behind the serial killer,” according to Matt & Jess.

It does appear that Gibbs will be splitting from his NCIS family for some time. However, he may not stay gone for long.

To get into the nitty-gritty, let’s look beyond the plots of recent and upcoming NCIS episodes. We can look behind the scenes to get a better feel for what’s coming in the series. Showrunner Steven D. Binder talked to TVLine back in September. During that interview, he discussed how important the team dynamic is to the show as well as how having Gibbs be a part of the team is just as important.

After talking about how Gibbs was separated from his NCIS team before, Binder talked about the future. “In the beginning episodes, that’s going to change. We’re going to ‘bring the band back together,’ to some degree so they can do what we have liked watching for 20 years which is these people solving crimes together.”

So, if Gibbs is away from his team for some time, NCIS fans can probably expect them to come back together before long.