We’re at the end of the road for Criminal Minds season 15, or at least we are for some aspects of production.
On Friday, a number of cast members including Aisha Tyler and Daniel Henney officially wrapped filming on the series, and we strongly recommend checking out Tyler’s full Instagram Stories to get a good sense of what it was like for her working on this super-emotional day. She also posted the incredible message that we’ve got below on the aforementioned social-media platform, one where she explains what it was like trying to say goodbye to this show and her role as Dr. Tara Lewis.
While Tyler has not been a part of the series from the beginning, she’s been a big part of the past few years, she’s directed episodes, and she’s made some incredible friendships. She also explains something that has always been a point of curiosity to a lot of people out there: Why this show has become so popular all over the world and is often viewed as comforting, even though it’s really dark more often than not. She talks about the nature of these heroes and the feeling that is out there that these people exist in real life and are working to keep everyone safe. She credits the real-life BAU and talks about how this show has helped there to be more awareness of the work they do and even how it may help young people want to pursue careers that could lead to that place. We think of it just like we think of how Grey’s Anatomy may have inspired people to be doctors or how NCIS may have inspired people to be federal agents in that sense.
While the cast may be saying goodbye to production for the time being, unfortunately, we are still set to wait an extremely long time to see these episodes air. More than likely, we’ll find out whether or not the final season is airing this fall at network upfronts next week; our hope is that we’ll see Criminal Minds stick around on Wednesdays and get to finish its run by December at the latest. Given that this part of production seems to be done, we’re hoping that we don’t have to wait an insanely long time for more.
If you want to see some Criminal Minds video discussion, check out our thoughts on the season 14 finale at the bottom of this article! Meanwhile, be sure to subscribe to CarterMatt on YouTube for more insight and take a look at our playlist.
What else is there to do?
The episodes (or at least some of them) still need to be edited and properly scored, and we could see the cast needed to record in ADR if there is anything left that needs to be added in. There’s so much work that goes into every episode and this is just one step — but you have to thank Tyler and the rest of the cast for pouring their heart and soul into every single element of this.
For more details on Criminal Minds and final-season filming…
Be sure to visit the link here! Meanwhile, let us know in the comments what you think about the (emotional) idea of filming wrapping up. (Photo: CBS.)
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Today is my last day of taping at @crimmindscbs. It’s a surreal day. Everyone hugging, holding on a little longer than before. Thanking each other for the hard work, laughing about the tough times, tearing up over the good ones. Making as many memories on this one day as we can — trying to make as many memories as were made over the last decade and a half in just twelve hours. It’s impossible but we’re trying. Criminal Minds has truly changed my life. This was the first prime-time drama I did for more than one season. Where I directed my first episode of television, where I got my @directorsguildofamerica card. I‘ve made so many good friends here, learned so much, laughed so hard. We all keep reminding each other of how lucky we are, what an extraordinary ride this has been, what a special collection of talented and hardworking people it is. What a joy and privilege to be a part of this extraordinary team. People often ask why Criminal Minds has been so popular around the world for so long, especially considering the dark subject matter. I always say it’s because people are comforted by the knowledge that a brilliant team of dedicated professionals are working around the clock to keep the rest of us safe. We are just a television show but those people do exist in the real world. I am so incredibly honored to have had even the slimmest opportunity to represent the hardworking men and women of the FBI, who dedicate their lives to the safety of others, and who now, more than ever, are under attack and deserve our recognition and support. Our producer and FBI tech adviser Jim Clemente (@efbeye), who worked at the real #BAU, told us that when CM first came on there were very few college programs focused on forensic psychology, and now every major university offers one. We can’t take credit for that here, but it is a privilege to represent this important work, and the great and dedicated professionals of the real-life BAU. They are out there doing critical work every single day, and it has been a true honor to tell their stories. BTW the cool CM rings are from our own @ajcook. Check out my story for more from today. It’s been a ride. #wheelsup