[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Wednesday's Season 9 finale of Criminal Minds. Read at your own risk.]
Criminal Minds executive producer Erica Messer knows how ominous the promo for Wednesday's season finale looks.
Though Reid ...
On Criminal Minds' Glendale, California, soundstage, cast members look far happier than they ever do on the show. A massive cake, spattered with fake blood splotches to commemorate the CBS series' 200th episode, rests before a podium as star Joe Mantegna, who plays Special Agent David Rossi, speaks triumphantly to the actors and crew.
Erica Messer wants to set the record straight: JJ and Cruz are not having an affair on Criminal Minds.
"I'll say it again: They did not and are not having an affair," the showrunner tells TVGuide.com. "It only seems like they are."
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And don't JJ (A.J. Cook) and Cruz (Esai Morales) know it — the former especially. On Wednesday's episode (9/8c, CBS), Cruz returns to the show for the first time since he was suddenly named BAU ...
Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer can sum up Season 9 in one word: backstories.
"That's our focus this year," she tells TVGuide.com. "We're telling backstories and origin stories. We want to give everybody some insight into our heroes because we give insight to the unsubs every week. We're going to hit 200 [episodes] and it feels like, 'Let's tell the audience things they never knew before.'"
That involves an old beau for Garcia (Kristen Vangsness), The Reaper (C. Thomas Howell) and Haley (Meredith Monroe) returning (but not from the dead), and filling in the blanks of JJ's (A.J. Cook) year in the State Department during Season 6 — with some help from new BAU section chief Matt Cruz (Esai Morales), with whom she worked there. What's the deal with those two? How does Garcia's ex come back into the picture? Get the scoop on the season below: