If you’ve been excited for Criminal Minds season 13, the news that we have is very much great: Filming is kicking off!
The photo below from star Kirsten Vangsness is your proof that the hardworking members of the BAU are now back at work following what was an eventful (and tumultuous at times) offseason. Vangsness and AJ Cook signed new contracts after seeking pay raises, Damon Gupton was written out of the series, and the news first broke that Daniel Henney would be coming on board after spending the past two years over on the Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders spin-off show. The nature of him coming over here remains to be seen, but we’ve got a feeling that this will be explained in the early going.
What will also be explained? Probably some sort of explanation as to where Gupton’s Walker is at. Maybe he ends up dying as a result of the cliffhanger, or maybe his character survives but is assigned somewhere else. (We’re certainly cool with the latter, since we don’t want to see the guy suffer like that.)
Beyond all of this, there is a clean-slate feeling coming into season 13 based on the end of last season, and with Spencer Reid now out from behind bars, he has a chance to start down a new path of his own. We do wonder if the show will opt to do something a little more serialized again, or go back to its more traditional format of doing a mystery a week involving a dangerous UnSub that the team tries their best to stop. Even if they do go more in a serialized format, we’ve got a feeling that this will be a part of the story regardless. It’s absolutely not something that the show will ignore, given that it’s a huge reason why it’s still on the air now.
Personally, our hope is simply that we get more insight into who these agents are, what makes them tick, and how they function both in terms of being on the job and then also off of it. A good model for them to follow could be Hawaii Five-0 last season, where we had more personal stories than we’ve probably had ever before. Learning these stories, in turn, only managed to make the main narrative even stronger.
New episodes of Criminal Minds will start airing this fall, but in a new timeslot Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m. Eastern. We’ll have a whole lot more time to discuss the show’s ratings future, so stay tuned…
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