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‘Criminal Minds’ Season 12 Spoilers: Paget Brewster Returns For Good to Become BAU’s New Team Leader?

Criminal Minds season 12 spoilers

Criminal Minds has been filled with drama on-and-off the screen lately. Following the exit of Thomas Gibson who is a major character in the long-running procedural crime drama, spoilers reveal Paget Brewster’s character is here to stay starting Season 12.

As the show says goodbye to the character of Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner, spoilers for the third episode of Criminal Minds Season 12 welcomes Paget Brewster’s Emily Prentiss back for good. The episode titled Taboo will air on Oct. 12.

Gibson was let go by CBS after an altercation with a production staff ensued. This left the BAU without its team leader for the rest of the season.

A CBS representative confirmed Brewster will be back in the show full-time as reported by CarterMatt.com. Her character, Emily Prentiss, previously appeared every now and then in some episodes after accepting a position in an Interpol office in London.

Emily had left the storyline multiple times already.

In Season 6, everyone thought she died after being held hostage in an episode titled Lauren. She surprised the team in Season 7 after returning alive and well. She once again left BAU after accepting an offer to run Interpol’s London office.

With her permanent return, she is expected to take the role of BAU’s new team leader. But as of now, no confirmation is released yet.

Previous spoilers also revealed some characters promoted as regulars on the show.

Damon Gupton will debut as a regular later on in the show at the eighth episode. Scaling the characters’ debut helps the show organically build chemistry among the cast.

Gupton takes the role of a veteran profiler named Special Agent Stephen Walker who is skilled in tracking down spies.

Aisha Tyler and Adam Rodriguez are also confirmed to be full-time regulars.

The procedural TV series follows FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), a group of profilers who works on catching criminals through behavior profiling. What sets apart this series from other procedural dramas is they are focused on profiling the criminals instead of the crimes committed.

Catch up on all new episodes of Criminal Minds Season 12 on CBS every Wednesday.

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