Criminal Minds season 13 is almost over, but there’s plenty to look forward to in the last three episodes, including learning more about Garcia’s family and another finale cliffhanger.
After the next episode gets personal for Simmons — there’s a hostage situation at the law firm where his wife works — we’re going to see some focus on Garcia. Then the last two episodes will air on the same night as the season finale. Could those also be the last episodes for any of the characters?
Garcia Faces a ‘Difficult Family Issue’
While Criminal Minds doesn’t give us much about the team members’ personal lives, every so often, we get an episode like “The Dance of Love,” which saw Rossi take some time off when his ex-wife was in town, and in the April 11 episode, it’s Garcia’s turn.
According to CBS’ description of “All You Can Eat,” “Garcia visits her stepbrother, Carlos (Sebastian Sozzi), to take care of a difficult family issue.” (As for the case, the BAU is called in by the Centers for Disease Control when they suspect bioterrorism is behind a series of mysterious deaths, so make of that what you will, given the episode’s title.)
We haven’t gotten much about Garcia’s family over these 13 seasons, as Kirsten Vangsness noted in an interview with TVLine. “They took allll those little moments and put it all together and now you get to see all of her sort of tragic past, and you get to see some of her family,” the actress previewed. “You see her going back home and having to negotiate some stuff, so it’s a quieter show.”
Double the UnSubs in a Season Finale Event
CBS is airing the final two episodes of season 13 back-to-back on April 18, starting at 9/8c. First, in “Mixed Signals,” “the BAU is called to Taos, N.M. to investigate an UnSub who is targeting his victims’ temporal lobes.” There’s a slim chance that’s not going to be a painful one.
Then comes the second hour, “Believer,” and the season finale will end with a cliffhanger. Here’s how CBS describes the episode: “When Reid discovers former FBI Special Agent Owen Quinn (James Urbaniak) locked inside a storage unit, the BAU questions the credibility of Quinn’s bizarre accounts of searching for an UnSub that he named ‘The Strangler.'”
According to TVLine, Matthew Gray Gubler called it a “great cliffhanger” and also teased that lives will be in danger.
Given the synopsis and the questionable credibility of the agent, it seems very possible that Quinn could be the one to put team members’ lives in danger, whether because he’s lying about what happened or during the investigation of his accounts.
Season 12 also ended with the lives of multiple members of the team in danger — six of them were in SUVs that were hit by a truck — and that resulted in the death of Stephen Walker. Is it a good idea to have another season finale feature something similar, no matter what leads up to it?
Criminal Minds just wrapped up a storyline (Barnes’ attempting to split up the team and even reassigning most of them to other divisions and forcing Rossi into retirement and Reid into a permanent academic role) that could have been used to write out someone instead of killing off a character. Since that didn’t happen, hopefully this cliffhanger won’t do that by ending in a death.
Are you worried about the future of the BAU? Do you think the team could lose another member with the upcoming finale cliffhanger?
Criminal Minds season 13 airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS. Want more news? Like our Criminal Minds Facebook page.
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