The Best Fan Theories About the Final Season of ‘Criminal Minds’

Criminal Minds only has one season left and there is still a lot of unanswered questions. How will everything end? Fans have a number of theories as to what might happen in the final season. Many of these theories revolve around the current JJ and Reid drama. Read on for potential spoilers for season 15 of Criminal Minds.

What will happen with JJ and Reid?

A.J. Cook, Adam Rodriguez, Daniel Henney, Paget Brewster, and Matthew Gray Gubler
A.J. Cook, Adam Rodriguez, Daniel Henney, Paget Brewster, and Matthew Gray Gubler | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

There are quite a few theories about how things are going to play out between, Jennifer “JJ” Jareau (A.J. Cook) and Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler). Viewers will remember that during the finale of season 14, JJ revealed some startling new information that left fans blatantly shocked. While being held at gunpoint by an unsub, JJ spilled some details to Reid that she’s actually been secretly in love with him for a while.

“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 tells Reid. “I’m sorry, but you should know.” Both of them smile at each other during the tense, yet heartfelt moment. It’s a surprising move on JJ’s part considering she is supposed to be happily married with a family of her own. It’s also very understandable with how much time they spend together and how close they are.

Reid will have a new love interest

It has already been revealed that Reid will have a new woman in his life in the final season. TVLine reported that Rachael Leigh Cook will play Max, Reid’s new love interest and she will appear in at least two of the last 10 episodes in the series. What could this mean for JJ and Reid?

When talking about the casting of Reid’s new love interest, fans have a lot of thoughts on what will happen with her. “Do you guys think they’re releasing this info as damage control?” one Reddit user inquired. “100%. But there’s no way she survives to the end of the season with Reid’s luck,” another responded.

“Omg she’s awesome! But I have some weird inexplicable feeling that she’s just a plot device in the whole Jeid situation…,” another user wrote.

Will Reid’s new love interest die?

Fans are obviously hoping to see some sort of conclusion when it comes to the two of them, whatever it may be. “Knowing the pain the writers like to pile on Reid, love interest will probably die before the season is over,” one Reddit user noted. “It’s either he loses her or his mother. It’ll be interesting to see the fallout with JJ and Reid. The love interest seems to be damage control after the reactions from the non-shippers. If they do end up pushing this JJ and Reid thing, it better not be after either Reid’s new love interest or Will dies. I wouldn’t put it past these writers though.”

Reid and his new love could end up happy in the end

Matthew Gray Gubler
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“Ten episodes isn’t a lot so I’m wary that they’re going to try and cram everything and the kitchen sink into those episodes,” a Reddit user wrote. “At the very least i’d like Reid and this new girl to be happy and someone (my vote is Emily or Rossi) to come along and talk some sense into JJ.”

Some fans just really just want to see everyone end up happy. “I know it’s corny, but I just want them to all end up alive and happy,” another user wrote.

“On the one hand, I’m not gonna lie that I’m a little sad that the whole Reid/JJ thing will not be explored much further,” another Reddit user said. “But on the other hand, I do like the idea of Reid finding happiness in general, and I am intrigued about this new woman in his life, so I’m curious to see how this goes :).”

Fans will hopefully get some definitive answers to their questions about the final season soon. Criminal Minds will be back with ten more episodes to conclude the iconic series.