“Criminal Minds” season 11 just ended, and it closed with another cliffhanger where Hotch (Thomas Gibson) and his team are confronted once again with an even bigger case while they were having a celebration with friends.
Fans started to worry when the long-running crime drama series was not included in the lineup of series renewed by CBS in March. However, it has been confirmed by the network that “Criminal Minds” season 12 was given the green light.
CBS’ delay of announcing “Criminal Minds” as a renewed series was because of budget disputes and financial issues, according to BuddyTV. However, these problems have already been sorted out. Shemar Moore’s exit, which was a decision made by the actor, was said to have helped solve some of the issues.
It’s only appropriate for the show to be renewed since there are bigger mysteries to be solved, just like the case of Mr. Scratch (Bodhi Elfman). Mr. Scratch was the villain from season 10 who got to Hotch and tortured him before getting away. Towards the end of season 11, Mr. Scratch’s name was brought up again as the person who had the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) leader framed.
An even bigger villain in prison wanted to blow up the city so he orchestrated a prison break, releasing several of the country’s serial killers. Some of them, including Mr. Scratch, managed to escape, while others were sent back. This will now be the big problem BAU needs to solve in season 12.
Not much is known about what season 12 may bring, but according to showrunner Erica Messer in an interview, the new season will definitely feature more of the team’s actions towards catching serial killers on the loose. Messer assured that “it’s going to be a really fun, different year” for fans.
A premiere date for “Criminal Minds” season 12 has yet to be announced.