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‘Criminal Minds’ Season Finale Spoilers: Reid Battles a Former Enemy, Why Derek Returns

The 12th season of Criminal Minds on CBS is coming to a close and we now know what to expect from the finale, including the highly anticipated return of star Shemar Moore.

The episode, called “Red Light,” features a blast from the past that Reid (played by actor Matthew Gray Gubler) experiences from a former enemy. But another familiar face also resurfaces as Shemar Moore’s character, Derek Morgan, returns following his exit from the show after 11 seasons.

It’s not clear how big of a role Derek will have this time around. But he will help the team as they get closer to catching the creepy and eerie Peter Lewis, also known as Mr. Scratch (portrayed by actor Bodhi Elfman.)

He’s the criminal who seemed to be slipping through their fingers for multiple seasons after his mind tricks helped him be one of 13 serial killers who escaped from jail. Derek left BAU to focus on his family after surviving a kidnapping. But it looks like Mr. Scratch is enough for him to return from his hiatus.

Jane Lynch will also return as Reid’s mother, Diana, after viewers were introduced to her in 2006.

What do you think about Shemar Moore’s return to Criminal Minds? Are you a fan of Jane Lynch’s role on the show? What has been your favorite moment of the season so far? Let us know in the comment section below!

The season 12 finale of Criminal Minds airs Wednesday May 10 at 9/8c on CBS.

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