Special agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs is not hanging up his fishing pole anytime quickly.

While the NCIS intro nonetheless options Mark Harmon‘s character, government producer Steven D. Binder mentioned there are no plans to deliver again the beloved star simply. “There’s all the time head area for him to come again,” Binder advised TV Insider following the season 19 finale on May 23. “It simply has to be the appropriate story, I believe, to get him enthusiastic about it and to get us enthusiastic about it.”

Last viewers noticed Gibbs, he decided to stay in Alaska, the place he and Special Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) had been trying to find a serial killer. In the October episode, Gibbs defined to McGee that he lastly felt a “sense of peace” after shedding his spouse Shannon (Darby Stanchfield) and his daughter Kelly (Mary Mouser).

Binder acknowledged that Gibbs’ resolution wasn’t as everlasting as dying, but it surely is not purposed sufficient to deliver again the character. As he defined it, “It’s a card to play, and I do not assume we wish to play it cheaply. I believe after we do play it, it wants to be the appropriate factor.”