Season 13 ended on a cliffhanger, with Reid uncovering the FBI mole and holding her at gun point. Unfortunately, the cult this mole belonged to took Garcia hostage, thus making it impossible for Reid to take the shot without sacrificing everybody’s favorite baby girl.
Executive producer Erica Messer revealed that the Season 14 premiere will deal with this stalemate. “They feel like two incredibly important pieces to our team, who won’t be available if they’re held captive,” stated Messer in an interview with TV Guide. “They won’t be available to help us solve the case, which is crazy. The challenges we’re coming up with now are, ‘Gosh, if we have two of our MVPs sitting on the sidelines here, what can we do? What clues do they possibly leave behind for us to help find where they’re being held or how we help to solve this case without them?’ It’s one of the first times, I think, we’ve ever been without, truly, truly without the help of both of them.”