Spencer Reid is in a bad way on Criminal Minds.
His mother's mental condition continues to decline, he is imprisoned for a murder he (probably) did not commit and apparently his troubles are just beginning. The current serialized Reid story has proved controversial and unpopular with some Criminal Minds
fans but in an interview with TVLine
showrunner Erica Messer teased the worst is yet to come.
When asked if Criminal Minds
fans have seen the worst of Reid's current circumstances and if the rest of season 12 will be about getting him out, Messer crushed any hope. In what is described as a quiet and apologetic manner, Messer explained that things are going to get much worse for Reid before they get better. "There are a lot of internal and external factors that are yet to come in that storyline," she explained. "So hang on tight."
Messer though is enjoying the dire circumstances of Reid's new status quo even if some fans are not thrilled. "It's such a fun thing for us to do on this show, because as you know we've never done anything this big of an arc for this long," she said. "And to take our most vulnerable hero and put him in the last place you'd ever want him to be has I think got people talking, which is great. We want that."
Messer is aware that some fans who are talking are unhappy. She even knows that the ratings of Criminal Minds have slipped pretty drastically in season 12. The showrunner is not overly concerned however and sees it as a part of a bigger trend of many shows. She is factually correct; several long-running shows, not just Criminal Minds, have seen a slip in ratings. Not every show has seen as much turmoil as Criminal Minds though. Now with the Reid arc and the previous departures of Hotch (Thomas Gibson) and Morgan (Shemar Moore), for very different behind-the-scenes reasons.
"I think it was before the Reid arc even got kicked off, so I don't think it has anything to do with that," Messer explained, defending the storyline and ratings. "In fact, the hope was that people will have to tune in, because it's something serialized, and it's with one of the fan favorites. So if anything, we're certainly hoping this sort of puts that (decline) to rest and gets people back watching."
Do you agree? Is the new Reid arc exciting and new or worrying and upsetting? Are you enjoying a more serialized story?