NCIS season 18 concluded with a shocking twist for Leroy Jethro Gibbs, but some perceptive fans think they know how he’ll make his way back to the series.
This year’s explosive instalment of NCIS wrapped up with unexpected developments for both Agent Ellie Bishop (played by Emily Wickersham) and Gibbs (Mark Harmon). With his fate in the next instalment on CBS unclear, a new theory may have burst the explosive season 18 finale wide open.
Viewers think they have a pretty good idea of what actually went down in the shocking conclusion to NCIS’s riveting 18th season.
The audience watched in horror on Tuesday as it appeared both Bishop and Gibbs could be leaving the series permanently.
While Bishop abandoned Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) and the team to go undercover, Gibbs’ maiden voyage on his newly built boat was interrupted when it suddenly exploded.
Thankfully, the suspended team leader managed to survive the blast, as he was seen swimming away before the final credits rolled.
As the series heads into its lengthy summer hiatus, fans now have several months to ponder who could have been behind this horrific attack.
Alternatively, there are already plenty of theories out there suggesting Gibbs rigged the explosion himself to fake his death.
Before the finale got underway, a special prequel episode revealed the former Special Agent in Charge’s first encounter with his faithful medical examiner, Ducky Mallard (David McCallum).
Recent speculation suggests this fortuitous meeting could be the key to explaining Gibbs’ narrow escape.
One perceptive viewer took to Reddit when they remembered the prequel, titled ‘Everything Starts Somewhere’, revealed Gibbs is currently living in Ducky’s old house.
They wrote: “I just got to thinking about the tunnel and Ducky being the original owner. I think I know what that place could’ve originally been.”
Gibbs’ methods of transporting his hand-crafted vessels out of his underground basement has been a major talking point since the series began.
However, it’s widely assumed the property is fitted with some sort of tunnel, which could lead out to some sort of hidden entrance.
If Ducky was aware of his recent build, the two old friends could have hatched a secret plan to get Gibbs away from the prying eyes of Director Vance (Rocky Carroll).
The fan continued: “Call me crazy but I think Gibb’s place quite possibly was at one time a moonshining bunker.
“I can’t exactly prove it but judging from his escape tunnel and him getting boats out there’s a damn good possibility.”
Gibbs has yet to divulge to any of his fellow agents how exactly he gets the boats out of his basement.
Meanwhile, some viewers have also speculated that Gibbs could be about to join Ellie Bishop on her undercover mission with the CIA, and may have needed to fake his death to do so.
As the secret basement tunnel has remained a secret up to this moment, he may have kept it hidden from his team to ensure his sudden disappearance remained a mystery.
Series lead Mark Harmon is set to take on a slightly reduced role in the upcoming season 19, so it’s hoped Gibbs’ explosive final moments will be explained as soon as the show picks up from where it left off.
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