NCIS 2021: Will Timothy McGee or Jessica Knight take over from Gibbs as team leader?

NCIS season 18 ended with Agent Gibbs being taken out of action and potentially going into hiding. So who will take over his role back at NCIS headquarters?
NCIS’ latest series is over and there have been a few unexpected goodbyes along the way. The latest was with Agent Leroy Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) in the season 18 finale Rule 91. Actor Harmon has already confirmed he will return for season 19 but it is unclear when and in what capacity this will be.

Gibbs and investigative journalist Marcie Warren (Pam Dawber) were hunting down a serial killer and to get to where they were, he had to travel by boat.

Suddenly, his beloved creation exploded and Gibbs’ body was seen floating in the water lifelessly for a few seconds.

Thankfully, he then discreetly swam away, so it looked like the agent was trying to fake his death, meaning it’s not likely he’ll be returning to NCIS any time soon if he doesn’t want his cover to be blown.

He had already been away from NCIS for quite some time at this point.

Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) was forced to suspend Gibbs earlier in the series when he attacked a man involved in a dog-fighting ring.

Gibbs couldn’t control his anger when he realised the man in question had been killing these animals and throwing their bodies into a lake when they were no longer of any use to him.

Sadly because of this, the veteran agent was forced to hand over his gun and badge temporarily.

With Gibbs now off the radar for the foreseeable, there is debate over who is going to become the team leader.