Criminal Minds is bringing in Jeanne Tripplehorn as the newest BAU member for season 8 to fill in the hole left with Paget Brewster’s exit. Who will she be playing?
CM Season 8 Spoilers
TV Guide has revealed that Tripplehorn’s character is Alex Blake, “a seasoned FBI linguistics expert” with “some history with Reid.” It sounds like she should fit in with the team and her skills could be of use to the BAU. They need an expert profiler to come in, not a rookie at this point with the loss of Prentiss, and Alex should fit that role just fine. According to executive producer Erica Messer, “People like Reid learned from [her]. She is also a professor at Georgetown and Reid has guest-lectured at her forensic linguistics class before.” Perhaps this will make the transition a bit easier as fans have to get used to a new profiler on the team. Things should hopefully go over better than they did last time they changed the team dynamic. Will having Alex around reveal some more about Reid’s past and his life outside the BAU?
That’s not all that’s been revealed about this new profiler for Criminal Minds season 8, as Messer went on to say, “She is in a relationship. When you get your heroes involved romantically, it just changes the show so much. I feel pretty strongly about that as a rule.” The profilers’ families and the dangers of their jobs have come up before (just look at Hotch and JJ). Will that happen with Alex? Will this relationship be one that lasts through the season and her being with the team? Will this be a character that is seen on screen or only off?
What do you think of the latest Criminal Minds season 8 spoilers?
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