Criminal Minds series finale: More send-offs from Kirsten Vangsness, Joe Mantegna

Criminal Minds season 13Apparently, we are not done getting all of the feels just yet when it comes to the Criminal Minds series finale. The CBS crime drama over the past week has wrapped production for a number of the various cast members, and as a result of that, we’ve heard many a lovely tribute from several of them all about being a part of the production.

Yesterday, we discussed one especially touching note courtesy of Rossi himself in Joe Mantegna. Now, we’ve got another note via Mantegna, and this isn’t even the only one that we’re passing along!

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Let’s start here, though, with Joe, who posted another touching tribute on Twitter today — this time around to some of the real-life heroes who inspired this series. While fictional David Rossi is not necessarily based on a real-life David Rossi, all of the characters are meant to emulate in some way the real-life BAU and its agents, brave people who are taking on some of the most dangerous criminals in all of the country. They are putting their lives on the line for the sake of everyone and with this show wrapping up, it makes sense that they be properly tributed. After all, without them, there really is no Criminal Minds at all. There would be no basis, no foundation. Knowing that these people are out there helps to make Criminal Minds itself feel a little bit less scary.

To go along with this tribute from Joe is one via Kirsten Vangsness, who plays Garcia and also just so happened to co-write the finale with showrunner Erica Messer. In a post on Instagram, she showcased exactly how much she’s loved this job and being this character for so many years — it’s a life-changing role, and there are obviously going to be so many memories of Garcia that are going to live with her for some time.

With Criminal Minds now over, the world really is the cast’s oyster as they can opt to do whatever is next for their career. For some of them, we’re sure that this means opportunities to rest and get a little more time off after working so many long days. For others, however, there may be another creative itch that they want to scratch almost immediately. Becuase of when filming is over, they could book a recurring guest role or maybe even a newly-minted series regular role for a fall series over the summer. They just have to see what’s out there and then, soon after that, come up with a decision as to what they want to be next.

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