5 Reasons Why The Mentalist's Red John Reveal Worked
Tonight was the big one. After five and a half seasons of a fascinating cat and mouse game between Thomas Jane and the serial killer known as Red John, The Mentalist finally saw fit to reveal the elusive sociopathís identity and to offer our hero at least some measure of closure. Because of the nature of long-teased surprises, there will no doubt be some who are disappointed by the big reveal, but from where Iím sitting, it was actually a pretty fitting climax for more than a few reasons.
If youíre on the West Coast and havenít yet gotten a chance to see the episode, or youíve simply DVRed it instead of watching it live, I would highly, highly suggest holding off on reading this article until after youíve gotten a chance to watch the events unfold. The twists and turns are far better experienced as complete surprises. Overanalyzing is always far better after something has aired as opposed to before.
One final warning: This article contains spoilers.
Still here? Alright great. Letís start getting into specifics. Here are five reasons tonightís Red John conclusion is the right resolution for the emotional and long drawn out story arc.
Lisbon Picked Jane Over The CBIDuring The Mentalistís hundred plus episodes, there have been numerous instances in which our main supporting character Teresa Lisbon has stood her ground in support of Jane when it comes to following procedures and/ or dealing with her bosses. She unquestionably has the consultantís back, but that doesnít mean sheís overtly defied orders that many times. In fact, her main objective is usually to get Jane to work just within the bounds of the rules enough to keep everyone happy.
Forced to pick between the man she cares for so much (and obviously loves) and the job thatís her entire life, she puts her foot down and chooses Jane. In essence, she sacrifices the rest of her career and her good name in law enforcement to let Patrick step outside the law and do the only thing he cares about doing. He has to know how hard that was for her, and as viewers, itís nice to see just how committed she has become to aiding our hero in his vengeful goal.
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