It's been a long time since I've made one of these posts. Live gets crazy, shit gets in the way. Now as season 7 comes to a close we're faced with the reality that Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss) won't be returning for season 8. And of of course that makes us wonder who will be staying. Is anyone going to drop a bomb on us?
Paget Brewster may be going but Criminal Minds' bosses are hopeful that Matthew Gray Gubler will stay for an eighth season.
Brewster - who plays Emily Prentiss - said on Twitter that deciding to leave the show was a "hard choice." She added: "I love everyone at CM and the fans! I just couldn't ignore my gut feeling. It's time for something new."
There had been huge controversy around the show when Brewster's character was seemingly killed-off during season six, but fans were delighted when she and co-star AJ Cook (who plays JJ Jarreau) returned.
As for Matthew Gray Gubler (who plays Reid), Criminal Minds' boss Erica Messer hopes that he'll re-sign. "All signs point to yes," she says, adding: "He's such a staple of the show. He really loves to play his sweet, vulnerable, smart Reid."
Messer reckons that "The big shocker was Paget [Brewster deciding to leave] . . . If Matthew was going in that direction, I think he's the kind of guy who would have said so."
The current seventh season of Criminal Minds resumes on Sky Living next Friday (May 11th) and begins soon on RTÉ Two.
'Criminal Minds': Season 7 Spoilers About Hotch and Beth, Matthew Gray Gubler's Future
Criminal Minds season 7 introduced a new love interest for Hotch in Bellamy Young's Beth, and while it has been strange to see Hotch in a relationship and smiling like he has been lately, it seems to be good for him.
CM Season 7 Spoilers
According to TVLine, "Hotch and Beth are still going strong" by the finale. Executive producer Erica Messer did say, "I know it's 'controversial,' but I like that Hotch is smiling and dating." Beth will be in the episode, perhaps as Hotch's date for the wedding to end the episode? She has met Jack, and that went well, so it looks like she could be sticking around barring something happening perhaps next season. It's not like she's in every episode, so she is free to do other shows like Scandal, without having to bring an end to Hotch and Beth's relationship. Given what they see every day with their jobs, it's good when the characters have something in their lives separate from it that makes them smile.
Criminal Minds Season 8 Cast
Messer also talked about Matthew Gray Gubler's future on the show. He's not signed on for season 8, but Messer did say, "All signs point to yes. He's such a staple of the show. He really loves to play his sweet, vulnerable, smart Reid." While Paget Brewster is saying goodbye at the end of the season, it doesn't look like that's going to be true for Gubler. According to Messer, "If Matthew was going in that direction, I think he's the kind of guy who would have said so." So now it's just a matter of waiting for contracts to be signed and an official announcement, but it seems safe to say that it's more likely than not that there will be more Reid in season 8. Perhaps they can use next season to explore his headaches from last year (and hopefully get Jane Lynch back to reprise her role as his mother for an episode).
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