‘Criminal Minds’ Season 15: Which Cast Members Will Return for the Final Season?

Criminal Minds will be back for one final season of hunting serial killers and putting away the bad guys. The epic series on CBS will return with 10 episodes in an epic farewell run. All of our favorites will be back one last time.

For some, the thought of not having Criminal Minds anymore is almost too much to bear. You can almost always find a great episode of the show playing on television somewhere. It’s a show liked by people all over the world. But there is still one season left to go, and hopefully it will feature some happiness and closure for all of our favorite FBI agents.

Who will return for ‘Criminal Minds’ Season 15?

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“Broken Wing” — Criminal Minda episode aired on Wednesday, Dec. 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images

Members of the show participated in a photo shoot for CBS’ Watch! Magazine for the upcoming season. Those on set included Joe Mantegna, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Matthew Gray Gubler, Paget Brewster, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez, and Daniel Henney. The photos were shot for the July/August issue and were shot by Robert Trachtengerg.

Showrunner Erica Messer told TVLine that the final season will start with a time jump and have “a little more serialized storytelling” and “a couple of personal stories that might be surprising to people.” This is good news, as it means the characters will receive closure and maybe answer some long-lingering questions.

When does Season 15 take place?

At the ending of the 14th season, we see J.J. (A.J. Cook) have an unexpected confession. However, season 15 won’t pick up here, but will instead feature a time jump of six months.

“We kick off the final 10 with a two-parter, basically,” Messer explained. “Whether they’re aired at the same time or not is unclear, but it’s a two-hour story. The emotional journey of our heroes [picks] up about six months after this finale has aired, and chasing the Chameleon.”

What’s the story for ‘Criminal Minds’ Season 15?

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“Chameleon” – Criminal Minds aired on Wednesday, Jan. 23 (10:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images

Not a whole lot is known about the upcoming season of Criminal Minds. What we do know is that Everett “Chameleon” Lynch (Michael Mosley) will be back in this new season. He was introduced at the end of season 14 and Rossi wants him taken down.

Messer told TV.com that she liked the character so much, that she thought he was a “worthy adversary” for the cast and Rossi himself. “We pick up with Rossi’s obsession in catching him in the final ten, and then that will play throughout, which is, you know, not a usual thing for us.”

What else can be expected from the upcoming season?

Matthew Gray Gubler, who plays Dr. Spencer Reid, told Parade in an interview that Jane Lynch, who plays his mother, Diana, will make an appearance in this final season. “I see a happy ending in store for Reid, which is something that we’re all looking forward to, including with his mom,” explained Gubler.

It’s still unclear whether Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson), Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore), or Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin) will be involved in the series’ final conclusion. Fans will soon find out before long. The final season will air in the Fall this year.