The two-part finale of Criminal Minds Season 13 is set to be a dangerous one. Like last year's nail-biting finale, Season 13 closer appears destined to end on another huge cliffhanger, with Matthew Gray Gubler's Reid playing a central role in the second episode. The troubled genius will come across a storage unit whose contents unleash a mystery that will put fans on pins and needles, as he discovers a thought-dead agent is still alive, while two other agents face life-threatening peril. Dun-dun-dunnnn!
Criminal Minds' showrunner Erica Messer shared with TV Line Reid will locate the missing Special Agent Owen Quinn, played by guest star James Urbaniak, and that seemingly positive situation will lead to a more sprawling mystery. Heightening the dramatic finale will be how the series will close Season 13, with viewers mulling over the fate of two big characters as the abruptly cuts to black. That's just torture.
The two-part season finale will feature two separate storylines. The penultimate episode is focused on the mystery of The Taos Hum, while the final installment will launch into the larger game-changing mystery, which is where Quinn's return comes in. Criminal Minds' Erica Messer teased the season finale with a tantalizing tidbit about how the discovered agent's story was a refreshing one. This is what she had to say:
We haven't really been able to do anything like this, where an FBI agent has been missing, and then when he's found, presumed dead, we see that he learned how to survive as a victim for over a year. This guy was trying to solve a case not with profiling skills but VICAP skills, and his almost-naivete got him caught, by serial killers.
Two Criminal Minds characters you can probably cross off your list of potential victims are Aisha Taylor's Dr. Tara Lewis and Adam Rodriguez's Luke Alvez. Showrunner Erica Messer revealed their arc in the final two episodes will be more light-hearted, as the two start building a friendship. But then, on a show that is clouded in darkness, it is possible that Lewis and Alvez could find themselves consumed in it? Nothing could make them seem safer to viewers than the pair enjoying some uplifting moments together while getting to know each other. Would Criminal Minds' endanger these still fairly new leads when they are getting closer? You will have to watch and see.
Despite its popularity in the ratings, CBS has not officially renewed Criminal Minds for a fourteenth season, and it would be one of 2018's biggest shocks if the eye network does not renew the veteran series. It is currently CBS' third most-watched drama, and its success is clearly no freshman fluke, having maintained its following throughout nearly 300 episodes, multiple cast shake-ups, and over a decade of storytelling. Not every show can come through all of that with its large following still intact, and Criminal Minds has.