‘Criminal Minds’ Dropped a Major Bombshell During the Finale and People Are Furious – countryliving.com

If you watched the Criminal Minds season finale last night, then you’re likely still recovering from the massive bombshell the crime drama dropped at the end of the episode.

We knew that “Truth or Dare” wasn’t going to be your average Criminal Minds, considering that we were finally going to see David Rossi (Joe Mantegna) get married and the series hinted at an “emotional” cliffhanger, though emotional was an understatement.

Everything started out as normal with the BAU hunting down a criminal who was pitting his victims against each other. Things took a turn when Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) and J.J. Jareau (A.J. Cook) were taken hostage by the suspect, and J.J. was forced to reveal her deepest, darkest secret.

In a twist that no one saw coming, J.J. revealed that she’s, “always loved” Reid, despite the fact that she is married and has kids with her husband Will (Josh Stewart).

“I was just too scared to say it before, and now things are just really too complicated to say it now,” she said. “I’m sorry. But you should know.”

Naturally, Reid took this time to untie himself with a piece of shattered glass and save the pair from danger. But that didn’t get rid of the heartbreaking confession lingering in the air.

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Later, at Rossi’s wedding, J.J. tried to backtrack on her admission. “What I said back there, I needed to say something that would get his attention and I needed to say something that would get your attention so I just wanted to throw him off balance,” she reasoned. Yeah, okay.

Reid (who was correct in not buying her comment at all) responded with, “Did you mean it?”

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Do these two belong together or what!?

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Though she didn’t answer him, her deep, lingering gaze suggests that YES, OF COURSE SHE MEANS IT, REID.

Fans were all over the place with their reactions. Some said they “always knew” the pair belonged together, and were ecstatic at their possible future.

Others were furious with the plot. “Will LaMontagne Jr. has been nothing but a wonderful man and deserves none of this,” one user wrote. “JJ and Reid…idk. I love them both, but they are such great friends,” said another. “AND if we lose Will bc of this I will be sad.” Some even suggested they were happy the series is ending if this is the direction they’re taking.

Regardless of if you’re team #Jeid or not, it seems like their possible couple-ness will not be going away anytime soon.

“We’re going to dive into that in the first two hours [of Season 15] because we can’t leave everybody hanging and then pretend it didn’t happen,” showrunner Eric Messer told TV Line. “It’s definitely a huge driver for the first handful of episodes that will help add layers to those characters again.”

Megan Stein is the senior editor for CountryLiving.com, covering entertainment news ranging from outrageous moments on “The Voice,” to the latest happenings with HGTV stars.

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Accused Russian spy Marina Butina wants 14 more days to square her account with US investigators

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  • The high-profile, gun-loving Russian agent arrested for infiltrating the National Rifle Association on behalf of the Kremlin has asked for two more weeks with US investigators before returning to court to hear sentencing.
  • In a joint application, lawyers for Butina and the United States agreed that they required more time so Butina can finish sharing all that she knows with US officials.
  • According to the jointly signed statement, it appears the Kremlin operative has much more to tell and prosecutors are keen for her to keep talking.
  • In December the 30-year-old pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to act as an unregistered foreign agent instantly becoming the first Russian national convicted for seeking to influence US politics during the fraught 2016 presidential campaign.

A Russian operative who pleaded guilty to infiltrating the National Rifle Association on behalf of the Kremlin has asked a US court for two more weeks with investigators before she faces sentencing.

In a joint application, lawyers for both Maria Butina and the United States agreed that they required more time so that Butina can finish sharing all that she knows with US officials.

According to the jointly signed court application there’s two weeks of cooperation still to come.

“As part of her plea agreement, the defendant agreed to cooperate with the United States,” the application reads. “The defendant’s cooperation is not yet complete.”

Investigators have at most 14 more days with the foreign agent.

As part of her original deal, Butina pleaded guilty in December to a single charge of conspiracy to act as an unregistered foreign agent and she agreed to cooperate with investigators.

Read more: Accused Russian agent Maria Butina pleaded guilty to engaging in a conspiracy against the US

The gun-toting Kremlin operative who tried to infiltrate conservative US political groups as Donald Trump rose to power during the 2016 presidential election, was the first Russian national to be convicted on charges of seeking to have an influence on US politics during campaign and election proceedings.

The case is separate from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Butina, who swiftly gained traction and some notoriety within conservative circles as a gun-rights activist has admitted that she was in fact a secret agent for the Kremlin who sought with some degrees of success to infiltrate conservative American political groups as part of a now well-documented coordinated attempt by Russian state actors to impact presidential elections and political discourse in the United States.

Butina, 30, had been suspected by US investigators of collaboration with a high-ranking Russian government official to destabilize and influence US policy to the advantage of the Kremlin and targeted the NRA to achieve such outcomes..

Federal prosecutors alleged that the gun-loving agent, indicted at the beginning of last year, sought to establish some kind of “back channel” between Russia and sympathetic conservative US groups, using the NRA as a base of operations and access.

The US prosecutors case, Butina’s outlandish mission and the apparent ease of her initial success have given a startling glimpse into another aspect of Russia’s influence operations in the US and the near open-arm naivety that gave it wings.

The case explicitly details how Russia identified and ruthlessly and efficiently exploited hot-button, divisive social issues in the US, in this case gun-control, to gain easy access through a far-right entrance into the mainstream political sphere.

Prosecutors say Butina and her patron, the notorious Russian banker Alexander Torshin, manipulated their various NRA contacts to pursue back channels into American conservatives during the 2016 campaign.

And it worked. In May, Spanish police turned over to the FBI wiretaps of conversations involving Torshin, himself a suspected money launderer, as he met with now-President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., during the 2016 US campaign.

The case highlights that with agents on the ground, and the Russian troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency, agitating through cyberspace, its unsurprising US intelligence quickly determined that Russia was trying to help elect Trump in part by releasing emails stolen from Democratic Party organizations, and by conducting a sophisticated social media campaign to sow and harvest social and political discord.

Butina will face court again on February 26.

SEE ALSO: A timeline of the suspected Russian plot for Maria Butina to infiltrate the NRA and GOP

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