Criminal Minds season 16 spoilers: Will it be significantly darker?

Criminal MindsAs we prepare for Criminal Minds season 16 to premiere on Paramount+ this Thanksgiving, there is a lot to prepare for here.

Of course, many of the big questions out there have to do with it being at the streaming service rather than CBS. There’s a chance for slightly longer episodes, but will the show also get darker or more extreme along the way?

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Here’s the thing with moving to a streaming service: Anything goes. However, just because you can do something doesn’t mean that you should. Speaking (per Variety) recently at a panel discussion, showrunner Erica Messer noted that while Criminal Minds: Evolution may be different in some ways, it’s not about to become some sort of gory horror movie:

“It has definitely broadened our scope, but I’m very aware that teenage kids watch this show. I never wanted us to go into full Rated-R … but we live in the world longer. So because of that, you just get to live and breathe in this space and it can be disturbing — a disturbing space to live in. I don’t think you’re going to be shocked at the graphics being worst or anything like that.”

This feels like the right move. Remember that a show like this doesn’t have to get Rated-R in order to be creepy. So much of what is horrifying can be off-screen, or shown in a way that is disturbing or unexpected. You want to be able to just find ways to present different stories that will surprise.

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What do you most want to see when it comes to Criminal Minds season 16?

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