Marcus Talbott (Out of the Light) is the ReplicatorBoth have an interest in photography and Talbott could blame the BAU for ruining his life. Jossed. It is not him.
Prentiss is now possessed by a demonThe same demon possessed the four other victims and caused the "poison gas" death of the Spanish priest. This will eventually lead to a cross-over with Ghost Whisperer and/or Medium. Why would the other four victims want to gas the priest of a Spanish miracle shrine? Simple: they are demon-possessed and didn't want any godly miracles happening. Right now the demon is seriously depowered after possessing four people and being exorcised four times. The worst it can currently do to Prentiss is give her a nosebleed, but given enough time she'll be vomiting up pea soup like nobody's business. In the episode Demonology Prentiss hugs John Cooley who is supposedly possessed and a conduit (which is a demon that is contagious to possess you) Plus at the end she has a nose bleed.
Hotch was raped by FoyetThe references to the knife being a substitute because Foyet's impotent, and Foyet questioning that and claiming that his actions will 'change the way you profile.' Then Foyet wondering if Hotch wants him to be 'gentle' with his wife... like Foyet was with him.
Reid is a magical creature of some kindIn the episode "52 Pickup", Reid impresses the lady bartender with his magic trick, and ends up leaving his business card behind her barrette. Thing is, though, you never see his hands go anywhere near her head. The only way it could have gotten into her hair is if it was teleported in. He cultivates talent in sleight-of-hand tricks to hide his real abilities.
The whole show is just Reid hallucinating due to schizophreniaThe whole TV series is what Reid's schizophrenic hallucinations consist of, and the team are figments of his imagination to form the familial roles that had been absent for most of his life.
Reid and Sheldon Cooper know each otherThey're both around the same age, both started college at around the same age, and both went to Caltech, where they were both active in the same department (mathematics).
Criminal Minds and The Big Bang Theory are parallel universes, and Reid and Sheldon are parallel entitiesThey also have the exact same IQ (187). Both claim eidetic memory, both are socially awkward, both are the most popular character on their respective shows, and they even look vaguely similar. Think about it.
Prentiss is gay.It would explain quite a bit.
The Riddler is Spencer's Evil Twin.They are both physically attractive geniuses, and Reid was able to solve all those Riddler-like riddles sent to them by the Unsub who thought he was the Fischer King. To drive the point home, when Reid hurt his leg, he went from crutches to a cane; the resemblance was striking. Strike that; Reid is too young for them to be twins ... maybe Spencer is his son?
Reid is the Riddler's AU counterpointBut Reid's been wearing some Joker-esque clothes lately. Besides, the fandom wants Dexter as the Riddler...
Gideon did kill himself at the end of "Doubt."All of that "driving off into the sunset without knowing where he's going" stuff was just a metaphor. Let's face it: we all know that the writers were building toward that, perhaps from Gideon's first appearance, which showed him recovering from a job-induced nervous breakdown. He came back to work before he was ready. He, perhaps more than anyone else on the team, took every case personally and sucked all the sadness down into somewhere deep inside himself. He coped by clinging desperately to his safe spaces (the cabin, his apartment, the relationship with Sarah that he didn't let anyone else see) until each one was violated by his job in the most gruesome way possible. There's a reason we spend the whole episode of "Doubt" thinking, "oh, shit, Reid is going to walk into that cabin in the last scene and find Gideon dead": from the way the writers had built up Gideon's character, it was the possibility that made the most sense, the natural conclusion. Sure, it's implied that Gideon specifically chose not to kill himself because he knew that if he did, then Reid would be the one who found him. But that's the way suicide works sometimes. There's usually someone left alive who's going to be hurt, but the suicidal person just can't find the strength to worry about them anymore. If this is true, then it makes Reid's angry reaction to Gideon's letter and Prentiss' equally angry response to his reaction (as opposed to, say, her being upset about the letter herself) more understandable. And it explains all of those sideways "do you want to end up like Gideon?" comments that keep popping up in later seasons.
At least one of the people rescued by the BAU in a previous episode will return as an UnSub in a later season.Because fucked up, major traumatic events can apparently trigger people to start kidnapping/torturing/serial killin', and many of the survivors rescued by the BAU have just been through some seriously fucked up, majorly traumatic events similar to the ones the UnSubs that captured them originally went through. Plus it would be one hell of a Player Punch to the BAU team, and the show seems fond of dishing those out to them.
Garcia's boyfriend will go Axe Crazy at some pointHe doesn't like the idea of her and Morgan sharing a room, and she sabotaged his job prospect that one time.
We haven't seen the last of that terrorist cell from "Lo-Fi" and "Mayhem"The show, which is supposed to be about understanding why criminals do what they do, never even explained who the cell was trying to assassinate, let alone why. This is a clear lose end that they may want to tie up at a later date.
Criminal Minds is located in a parallel universe where the art and psychology of hunting serial killers is relatively unknown.Thus, highly visible serial killers who surprisingly murder multiple people and get away with it for years without even being suspected. The proof? A recent episode portrayed a serial killer in Southwest Virginia that had 22 young blond women killed in and around a town with a population of less than 20,000. In Real Life, that many murdered white women in a small town would have raised a red flag and would have gotten the suspect arrested in short order, especially when the suspect was shown not to be able to conceal his crimes. Also, the police are surprisingly incompetent. They are unable to perform even basic investigations without the assistance of the BAU team. This has been shown often enough that it's likely to be a common occurrence. Finally, even though the serial killers are aware of advances in information technology and sharing, DNA, and criminology, most serial killers — even the most proficient and competent ones — still dispose of bodies in manners reminiscent of the 1960-1970's. Clearly, this show exists in another universe — one where most civilians and normal cops avoid thinking about the sorts of trains of thought that serial killers have. What serial killers do is literally unthinkable to them — there are no shows like Criminal Minds airing in the BAU's jurisdiction. Only specially qualified people can even see the patterns to catch them, and so the killers have had no need to "improve" the patterns. Also, in the Criminal Minds universe, no cars have built-in phone systems.
There will be a Criminal Minds-Hawaii Five-0 crossover episode.Just picture it:
Prentiss will die in season six
Prentiss was undercover as Doyle's girlfriend.
JJ will get dumped into the Suspect Behavior spinoff
Hotchner is Batman
Hotchner is Superman
Seaver will dye her hair for next season
Reid is actually psychic.
Reid is half Time LordThis is why he's so smart. His father was a Time Lord but died in the war, his mother was heart broken so she never told Reid the truth.
The whole BAU is actually psychic.The general population doesn't know real psychics exist. But the FBI does. They sort out and track down the real ones, offering them positions in the Bureau. Some FBI units are composed entirely of psychics — such as the BAU. Behavior analysis, while conceivably real on it's own, is just an elaborate cover story to Hand Wave why these agents are so good at understanding and finding serial killers.
Reid is developing a split personailyHe's having headaches like Adam Jackson did, he had a tramatic childhood, has a tramatic job, feels a lot of sympathy for some of the Insane Equals Violent Unsubs and a family history of mental illness. He may become the heroic counterpart to Unsubs with disslocative identy disorder.
True Night will be the real Spin-off.Suspect Behavior didn't last long, but something tells this troper that the Spin-Off train is far from derailed. Instead of doing it in the POV of the men that catch the criminals why not in the POV of one of the best Unsubs. I could see it now: Johnny McHale. After finally coming to terms with his fiance's murder, he gets released from the asylum. While spending it mostly on rebuilding his career. He feels the urge that he had during his PTSD and goes out to fight crime once again.
Alex Blake has a girlfriend or a wifeBefore season eight aired, Erica Messer outright declared here that she's "already in a relationship" and "eventually, we will see that person". Why would she keep the gender ambiguous if it wasn't going to be a boyfriend? It could easily be her wife too, Erica did say "in a relationship", not married or dating.
The BAU will catch DexterA crossover would be awesome and Dexter is ending in it's eighth season. Also the team wouldn't be fooled for a second by that letter he sent in to confuse the FBI task force in Dexter series two.
Gideon is in HomelandAfter running away from the BAU Gideon remembered how much he enjoyed taking down that terroist in "Lessons Learned" and joined the CIA. He changed his name to Saul Bereson and grew a beard to stop his old colleges tracking him down.
Reid's mystery phone girlfriend is the daughter/sister of the mysterious Unsub stalking the team, and is being confined by him.The episode she first appeared in made it sound like she was keeping her relationship with Reid a secret because she would get in trouble with an unnamed "Him." What if it's not the relationship by itself that would cause trouble, but the fact that the relationship is with one of the members of the BAU that her father/brother/captor is stalking? She knows this stalker is capable of murder - gristly murder at that. She also knows Reid is among those being stalked - which is why she's desperate to keep him safe by limiting her contact with him. The only reason she doesn't break off from him entirely is either because she has genuine feelings for him (probably) or because she has secret hopes of Reid helping to free her from her confinement. Or because if she keeps contact with him, she could potentially warn him if the stalker ever decided to directly attack the BAU. As for why she's being confined... If she's related, it could just be that the stalker is a controlling person (very often the case in obsessive personalty types like stalkers) and wants someone to control/dominate whenever he isn't doing his copycat murders. She's shown skill with mental diagnosis, so maybe she's a therapist of some sort whom the Unsub attached to. Either way, she has knowledge of this guy's activities, and he's keeping her to prevent her from talking. The fact that she's alive might support the familial angle, since even murderers sometimes have trouble killing those close to the family.
Reid's mysterious phone girlfriend is only a figment of his imagination.So far, he's the only person we see her interact with. During the incident with Blake she wasn't there to hear the phone ringing and we only have Reid's word that it happened. Their meeting at the restaurant was cancelled by Reid himself and the book that was left for him just happens to be the same one he was carrying. The stalked girlfriend delision fits even more when you take into account the fact that he's likely to develop paranoid schzophrenia.
Agent Hotchner is secretly a Grimm.Think about it: He's an expert profiler, he's been shown to be a very capable fighter AND can remain calm in the face of death (example, George Foyet), and on top of all that, his main nemesis was named The Reaper. Plus, a lot of the criminals they deal with could very easily be Wesen.
The Replicator's Last Victim wiil be Gideon and/or the Replicator IS GideonFirst off, let's go back to the first line the Replicator delievers in his arc, to Reid. Zugzwang. As Reid helpfully defines, Zugzwang is a chess term when a player realizes he will inevtiabely be mated (and further, that any move made by that player would be detrimental to them; the only good move would be not to move, which is not possible in chess) Now, as it stands, as explained by Hotchner, he sent it as a method of saying the game has changed (and a further, deeper meaning that the BAU will only make things worse, not better; they ruined Bidwell's life beforehand, and their arrest of him lead to his suicide;) however, there is something important about this being directed at Reid. Who was the person who consistenly beat Reid in Chess, and was basically Reid's only chess partner up until he left? Right. Secondly, though this is a bit more meta: They metioned Gideon for the first time in a while in Carbon Copy. For some reason, the writers want Gideon to be in our heads. Third, the bloody picture of Hotch. I realize this one is a massive strecth, but perhaps it is a call back to the college girl in Doubt, who smeared out the victims' faces with blood; her suicide was the straw that broke the camel's back for Gideon. Now, JJ was sent flowers with the same phrase; I am sure there is some signifcance here I am missing, but I am fairly sure it connects to the Fisher King's butterfly that was sent to JJ (hell, the Replicator in general is a pretty similar type to the Fisher King) I admit there is not a lot of evidence here, but I am fairly certian there is some connection between the Replicator and Gideon. I think the major theme and motivation for the Replicator's obession, regardless of there being connection or not, will be the BAU doing more harm than good, which is part of why Gideon decided to leave. I admit him being the Replicator is very unlikely, but I figured I might as well go audacious as possible. Oh, yeah, and the music playing in the room they found; that instantly reminded of Gideon's music.
Garcia's father is alive.In Season 1, she says her last name is her step-father's name and it's mentioned early on that she has 4 brothers. In later seasons, we learn her parents died when she was 18 and they say she's an only child. It's possible that her father re-married first, possibly when Garcia was very young, and her brothers are half and step-brothers, and they drifted apart as she became a teenager, to the point that when her mother met another man, Garcia and him became very close, and he replaced her bio-dad as her father figure and she changed her last name. When her mother and step-father died, neither her father or her brothers reached out to her, eventually leading her to consider herself an only child.
Reid's horrible season 9 hairstyle is actually a self-induced Traumatic Hair Cut as a delayed response to what happened with his girlfriend Maeve. Seriously, the only reason our pretty-boy would choose to look so very incredibly unpretty would have to be out of a deep sense of grief, a way of externalizing his hidden mourning. He seems like he's moved on enough to function, but in reality, he's as sad as his hair looks.