How Criminal Minds Will Kick Off Season 12

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Season 11 was a big one for the CBS hit drama Criminal Minds, both on the screen and behind the scenes. The show and audiences bid farewell to actor Shemar Moore and Special Agent Derek Morgan, which was a big hit, and then the season finale knocked all the main characters for a jaw-dropping loop with a killer cliffhanger that saw the escape of 13 highly dangerous serial killers. Thankfully, showrunner Erica Messer has offered up a tidbit on what we can expect when Season 12 begins.

There are still five out there when we come into the premiere. One of them is a guy Peter Lewis plays named Mr. Scratch. He is our baddie for the year. We will stretch him out and tell his creepy tales.

We're just going to just lightly ignore the fact that this quote from EW uses the character name Peter Lewis in place of the actor Bodhi Elfman, which the context of the quote called for. But moving beyond that, there are clearly exciting things happening.

There will be the expected time jump between the Season 12 premiere and the Season 11 finale, and it's presumed that during that time, new character Luke Alvez (portrayed by Adam Rodriguez) and other BAU agents caught and re-processed the other eight serial killers that were at large. One can only guess how deadly those escapes were, but it sounds like Mr. Scratch and the others will cause a lot more terror across the next TV season.

Fans know Elfman's brainy and bizarre Peter Lewis from his introduction in Season 10. He used drugs and other psychological tactics to turn Mr. Scratch into a boogeyman of sorts to Hotch and others, causing his victims to attack and sometimes kill others. If this guy is going to be the overarching baddie for Season 12, we are likely in for some seriously creepy episodes and situations, unless he's completely changed his M.O. to hosting birthday parties for his victims. And now we get to start speculating on who those other four unsubs will be, since there's a really good chance we'll catch back up with some criminals from past seasons.

Speaking of familiar faces, Season 12 will also be bringing back Paget Brewster's Emily Prentiss for several episodes. Aisha Tyler's Tara Lewis will return to help in capturing some of the freed unsubs, and rumors are out there that Shemar Moore will pop back up on set at some point. Expect some crossover potential with Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders as well.

Criminal Minds will return to CBS for Season 12 on Wednesday, September 28, at 9:00 p.m. ET. To see when everything else will make it to your eyeballs later this year, check out our fall TV schedule.

Nick Venable
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Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.