Shemar Moore played B.A.U. heartthrob Derek Morgan for 11 years on Criminal Minds. Viewers were obsessed with the hunky profiler who wasn’t afraid to chase down the most dangerous serial killers in the country.
But fans were crushed in 2016 when Shemar said farewell to the CBS series, and there are still a lot of questions today. Why, exactly, did he leave? And will he be back for the final episode ever of Criminal Minds? Here’s what we know.
What Happened to Morgan on “Criminal Minds?”
Thankfully, the Criminal Minds writers took it easy on our hearts. While Morgan did have an emotional last season—he was kidnapped, nearly killed, found out his girlfriend and future wife was pregnant, etc.—Morgan didn’t die at the end of it.
Instead, his character chose to exit the B.A.U. to spend time with his family, particularly his newborn son. Many tears were cried during his final moments, but the characters all supported Morgan’s decision to leave, including his BFF Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) and his “baby girl,”, Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness).
Why did Shemar Moore really leave?
Shemar had similar reasons as Morgan for wanting to exit the show, and none of them were hostile. He told TVGuide that he wanted to explore other opportunities and “see what I’m capable of.” But Shemar was also searching for some personal growth, as well.
“I wanted to see what the next chapter of my acting career is and also have a little balance so I could pursue other avenues of my life,’ he said. “I want to get married, I want to have kids, I want to travel.”
What episode does Derek Morgan come back to on “Criminal Minds?”
So, do we think he’ll appear in the series finale?
If we had to guess, we’d say there’s a pretty good chance. Although he’s busy with S.W.A.T., Shemar appears to have nothing but love for his former show, so it seems likely that he’d want to be a part of its goodbye.
“If I’m asked intermittently to come back like they did at The Young and the Restless, from my heart, the answer is yes, yes, yes, yes,” he’s said in the past. “But I don’t know where I’m going to be in my career and my life when that time comes. But is it possible? Yes, it’s possible.”