While the 200th episode of “Criminal Minds” is set to give us some more backstory on the character of JJ, it also looks like another installment airing in October will help to answer a few other interesting questions pertaining to another character.
Speaking to TV Guide in a new interview, executive producer Erica Messer claims that the plan is to really pay tribute this season to a moment that sent many longtime fans into a tailspin when it came to Thomas Gibson’s Hotch, and one of the plans is to dive back into that mystery to see how much the character’s life has changed since that time:
“In our 100th episode five years ago, Hotchner’s wife, Haley, was murdered by Foyet [aka the Reaper] and then Hotchner beat Foyet to death. So we’re going to honor the longtime fans by clueing the audience in to where Hotchner has been emotionally these past five years.”
For this episode, both Meredith Monroe (who played Haley) and C. Thomas Howell (who played the killer) will be invited back to potentially shoot new material. There’s no guarantee right now that they are both appearing, but this is something to look out for as we get closer to this episode actually airing on CBS.
“Criminal Minds” already has a premiere date set for Wednesday, September 25, when the show will demonstrate over the course of two hours just what the fallout from the Replicator’s end (if the character is really dead) will be for the rest of the BAU.
What do you think about this idea to give us more insight on the Hotch character, and are there any other stories like this that you would like to see? For more on the plans for the 200th episode, just be sure to head on over to the link here.