Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson will return for the seventh season of Criminal Minds, Deadline.com reports.

Gibson, who plays Special Agent Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner on the CBS crime procedural, has reportedly signed on for two more years and more than double his previous salary. The deal comes just two weeks before the series was set to go back into production. Earlier this month, Gibson had told Hollywood 411 that he wasn't sure he'd return to the show but that they were "working toward Agent Hotchner being back."

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The 48-year-old actor's down-to-the-wire return follows a string of shake-ups this season. After Paget Brewster and A.J. Cook were ousted from the show without much explanation to the fans, both actors return to the cast next season, while newcomer Rachel Nichols will not return full time next season after recurring this past year.