- Criminal Minds dropped a bombshell on fans when J.J. Jareau expressed her true feelings for Reid.
- Now, the show is creating even more drama by casting a Hallmark star as another possible love interest for Reid.
Why are you toying with us like this, Criminal Minds!?
The CBS show shocked viewers during the season 14 finale, when it was revealed that J.J. Jareau (A.J. Cook) has “always loved” Dr. Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler). Though she tried to backtrack on her confession at Rossi’s (Joe Mantegna) wedding, we all suspect that the married agent is majorly crushing on her coworker.
What the episode didn’t quite unpack, though, was how Reid felt about the complicated situation. And it sounds like things aren’t going to get any easier for the BAU’s biggest heartthrob.
According to TV Line, the 15th and final season of the show (sniff) will introduce a new love interest for Reid. Actress Rachael Leigh Cook has been cast as Max, a “quirky, kind-hearted, candid woman” who catches his eye. She will reportedly appear in at least two episodes, which means it could be just a fling to force J.J. into acting on her real feelings, or it could expand into something more. Here’s betting J.J. is jealous either way.
Rachael likely looks familiar to you, and we know why: She’s starred in several Hallmark movies, including Valentine in the Vineyard, Frozen in Love, and Summer Love. Of course, many will remember her from She’s All That, too.
The creators are still keeping us in suspense about what else we can expect from the love triangle, but we do know that they’re not going to shy away from the topic.
“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.”