‘Criminal Minds’ Finally Gets a Premiere Date for Season 15

Criminal Minds is finally coming to a close after a remarkable run. The show has arguably changed pop culture and made people a little more aware of their surroundings for potential threats. The final season finally has a premiere date and it’s closer than you might think. There are spoilers ahead.

When does season 15 of ‘Criminal Minds’ premiere?

Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Paget Brewster, and Adam Rodriguez
Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Paget Brewster, and Adam Rodriguez | Darren Michaels/CBS via Getty Images

The final season of the CBS series will premiere on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 9 p.m. E.S.T. The official social media accounts made the announcement with a post of the premiere date. “Get ready. January 8. #CriminalMinds,” the tweet reads. The premiere will be two hours long and fans can’t wait.

A trailer for a few shows was also released

In a trailer for a number of upcoming shows, Criminal Minds’ final season is also highlighted. In it, Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) lays eyes on Max, his new love interest who will be played by Rachael Leigh Cook. She will be in at least two of the final 10 episodes.

Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) is also seen looking worried. “It’s happening again,” she says. It looks like the final season will keep fans on the edge of their seats.

What’s going to happen with JJ and Reid?

Dr. Spencer Reid and Jennifer “JJ” Jareau (A.J. Cook) have unfinished business after that jaw-dropping confession in the season 14 finale. They were both being held by an unsub and JJ had to reveal a secret she had never said out loud before.

“Spence, um, I’ve always loved you. And I was just too scared to say it before. And now things are just really too complicated to say now,” JJ said. “I’m sorry, but you should know.”

So what does this mean for the final season? They will definitely address things to some degree, but considering how fans reacted to the confession and Reid’s new love interest in season 15, things will probably fizzle between Reid and JJ before they start.

Who will return for the final season?

Which BAU agents will be back to reprise their roles on the hit series? Many fan favorites will be back including Jennifer “JJ” Jareau (A.J. Cook), David Rossi (Joe Mantegna), Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness), and Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster). Jane Lynch will be back as Diana Reid. Dr. Tara Lewis (Aisha Tyler), Luke Alvez (Adam Rodriguez), and Matt Simmons (Daniel Henney) will also be back for season 15.

What are the fans saying?

Reddit is buzzing with activity since the announcement and fans are understandably excited for January. It’s the end of an era and although many fans can’t wait to see how it all ends, many aren’t exactly looking forward to the end.

“Wow when they said a shortened final season, they really did mean short with just 8 weeks of CM programming. But at least it’s an uninterrupted run until the finale. January can’t come soon enough,” one Reddit user wrote.

“Right? Really puts into perspective just how quickly this final season will fly by :/. Good to have an official date, though! Onward to January, then,” a user commented in response.

“I know it’s unlikely, but do you think there’s a chance they could resolve some unclosed cases from earlier seasons? Such as that crazy mountain man from season 8 who escaped,” another Reddit user inquired.

“omgggg it’s happening!!! so exciting but definitely a little bittersweet :/,” a user said.

Criminal Minds may be coming to an end, but it had an excellent run. Luckily, there will be 15 seasons for fans to rewatch when things are all over. There isn’t much longer to wait until the premiere of the final season.