Criminal Minds returned last night, giving resolution to the explosive third season cliffhanger that left viewers mulling over months.  Now that we know who died and who didn’t (which I won’t spoil in this article), we can now focus our attention to what the rest of the season has to offer.

Thanks to E! Online’s Kristin Dos Santos, who spoke to show runner Ed Bernero, we can look forward to some of the big changes in store for the fourth season.

Warning: This article contains spoilers.

As reportedly previously, A.J. Cook is revealed to be giving birth simultaneously with her character JJ on Criminal Minds. But a new liaison is filling the void in the form of Agent Jordan Todd.

“We have Meta Golding filling in for her as a character named Agent Jordan Todd. Meta’s doing an amazing job, but what you’re going to learn from her character is just how good J.J. is at her job. Jordan is new to all of this, and you’re going to learn that J.J.’s job is not easy,” Bernero said.

Aside from Cook, Bernero also hints on some of the upcoming storylines for Kirsten Vangsness’ Penelope Garcia and Paget Brewster, who plays Emily Prentiss the police procedural.  According to the main man, Emily has a secret.

“We have a real surprise in the middle of the season about her life. I think it will make total sense when it comes out, but I don’t think that you will see it coming.  We’re excited about it, and Paget is very excited about it. It’s something that we’ve talked about behind the scenes, as ‘this is the secret,’ but we’re going to reveal it this year and give an interesting backstory to that character.”

On the other hand, love seems to be in the cards for Vangsness’ character.

“We’re playing a little bit with her relationship with Kevin Lynch [played by Nick Brendon].  He’s in a couple of episodes—one early in the season and episode eight.  The two of them—they find these moments, and they’re really good together,” Bernero revealed.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

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Kris De Leon

Staff Writer, BuddyTV