For those who are fans of crime-fighting stories and murder investigation plots, Criminal Minds is probably one of the most popular TV shows. But the Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico that has charmed, freaked, and seduced crime-story enthusiasts for 14 years is about to close down, as the series is coming back to TV screens for the last time for its 15th season.
The series, created and produced by Jeff Davis, first premiered on CBS in September 2005, and since then, the success of the show has become monumental. The show has opened viewers eyes to the science and art of profiling, a technique used by investigators to apprehend unsubs (unknown subjects) by analyzing their behavioral patterns and “signature.”
The show has an ensemble cast, with Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin), Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson), Elle Greenaway (Lola Glaudini), Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore), Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), Jennifer Jareau (A. J. Cook), and Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) as the original cast. Throughout the show’s later seasons, the characters Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster), David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), Ashley Seaver (Rachel Nichols), Alex Blake (Jeanne Tripplehorn), Kate Callahan (Jennifer Love Hewitt), Tara Lewis (Aisha Tyler), Luke Alvez (Adam Rodriguez), Stephen Walker (Damon Gupton), and Matt Simmons (Daniel Henney) were introduced.
The show has gained critical acclaim for its characterization, pacing, atmosphere, acting, directing, and writing and has received multiple awards. It has also become one of the most successful TV shows from CBS.
With that being said, the BAU team is not exiting the airwaves without a loud bang, and a chilling yet exciting ending is coming for those who came to love the show. While the final season will only have ten episodes unlike previous seasons with more than 20, the cast, as well as the producers, promised an ending that beats all the endings in the season.
“We kick off the final 10 with a two-parter, basically,” the producer explained. “Whether they’re aired at the same time or not is unclear, but it’s a two-hour story. The emotional journey of our heroes [picks] up about six months after this finale has aired, and chasing the Chameleon.”
First off the checklist is a possible love triangle between Spencer Reid, Jennifer Jareau and new love interest of Dr. Reid, Max played by Hallmark Channel’s Rachel Leigh cook who is a “quirky kind-hearted, candid woman.” Season 14 capped with J.J. confessing her love for the genius doctor, and the introduction of a new love interest is going to instigate a lot of drama.
The producers are also hinting on the return of some of the old characters like Aaron Hotchner and Derek Morgan. In an interview with Deadline, executive producer Erica Messer spoke about the possibility of including old favorites in the final season. “I am very hopeful that we can honor all of those characters who have been beloved and with this team, with the audience for years,” she said, though she didn’t reveal any more than that.
The come back of the Chameleon, the antagonist introduced in Season 14 who has been the subject of Rossi’s obsession to catch, is also a huge possibility. Messer said that Chameleon is a”worthy adversary” and fans can expect his return.
“We pick up with Rossi’s obsession in catching him in the final ten, and then that will play throughout, which is, you know, not a usual thing for us,” Messer said.
And the season is going to be a tear-jerker too, and Messer even likened it to a eulogy. “I think in honoring the series and saying goodbye, it’s probably going to feel like a little bit of a eulogy,” Messer said.
“These people are family and friends to us at this point,” Messer added. ” . . . I know a lot of shows, when they find out it’s going to be over, then characters are killed off or something like that. That’s not my instinct . . . So the jet won’t crash, I can tell you that.”
The 15th season of Criminal Minds is being held for a midseason premiere, but no announcement on the final premiere date has yet been made by CBS.