“We’ve put in nearly every character who’s ever been on the show, recurring in any way,” Messer says “We wanted them to have a presence. You’re going to see faces you haven’t seen since the Super Bowl. We wanted this to be a celebration of the seven years we’ve been running strong.”
Much more on the season finale at the link.
Via TV Guide’s Mega Buzz:
Can you tell me anything more about Tricia Helfer’s role on the Criminal Mindsfinale? —Dave
ADAM: Helfer’s character, Izzy Rogers, is the leader of a group of bank robbers who crosses paths with Hotch & Co. after she takes hostages during one of her jobs. “Ultimately, she is a serial killer masquerading as a bank robber,” executive producer Erica Messer says. “Our team comes in because the behavior suggests they do this every month — they kill somebody for the fun of it, not because they’re in the way. The woman’s off her rocker. She’s just a bad egg.” However, it’s one of the BAU team members who may be scrambled when he or she volunteers to go inside to talk Izzy down.
From the interview with EW:
Below the cut for those who wish to avoid significant spoilers:
Battlestar Galactica alumna Tricia Helfer will guest-star in the Season 7 finale of CBS’ Criminal Minds, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Helfer shared the news with us on the red carpet Saturday night at the 26th annual Genesis Awards, adding only the tease that she will be playing “definitely a bad character.”
I would love some Criminal Minds finale spoilers! — Terry
ADAM: I’m hearing the episode — which will include a wedding! — is actually a two-parter that deals with a bank robbery gone bad. (Really, has a robbery ever gone well on TV?) When the hot-headed thief’s brother is killed during the heist, his quest for revenge leads him to hold everyone in the bank hostage. Geez, man, there has to be an easier way to score an invite to the wedding!
Via Spoiler TV:
Spoiler alert! Rather than stage a funeral to explain the upcoming exit of Paget Brewster’s Emily — just a year after she faked her death — CBS’ Criminal Minds has decided to end the season with a wedding. But who’s getting hitched at the end of the tense two-hour finale is a secret. “We decided not to kill her off,” explains executive producer Erica Messer. “We had already buried her, so that would have seemed repetitive.” Instead, Emily will “leave the BAU to pursue other things, which mimics what Paget’s pursuing in real life. If Paget ever wants to come back, this exit allows the door to be open.”
Emily’s last scene with her friends will be in one of their backyards, celebrating the intimate wedding of a longtime couple. “We wanted to balance out the darkness of the two hours and the bittersweetness of Paget leaving with the flip side of a really good thing,” says Erica, who confirms that the couple exchanging vows will either be J.J. and Will or Garcia and Kevin. “They’ll all have a really rough Saturday with a hostage situation and then a really lovely Sunday. To end a season on a happy note instead of blowing something up is very unusual for us.”
From a lengthy chat with Criminal Minds Round Table:
On “Closing Time,” Dunkle says:
On the two-hour season finale:
From an interview with Mother Nature Network:
As for his CBS procedural, Gibson hinted at an upcoming event that will replace the usual year-end “Criminal Minds” cliffhanger. “We’re going out on something very nice this year, something different from the usual grim and terrible,” he said.