Mentalist is on hiatus until the new year so there won’t be any new episodes this month. I’ve come across some spoilers which state that team members Cho, Rigsby, and Van pelt will be investigated for the death of Todd Johnson. Accordin to executive producer Tom Szentgyrorgyi, this results in the uncovering of secrets about each member and a dramatic change to the team. So it looks like my worst fears are confirmed; the writers are messing with the team dynamic.
I’m now looking forward to the new episodes with equal parts eagerness and trepidition. I don’t like that. I miss fun Mentalist, and I’m all for more backstory for these characters but if it turns out that one of them is a Red John accomplice…ayayay… I’m just afraid the series will be written into a corner. I mean, if the writers have been considering this for a while and that’s why we hardly know anything about these characters (Cho-ex gangmember, Rigsby- son of criminal biker, Van pelt- messed up by sister’s suicide) then good for them. But if it was a spontaneous decision and they’re risking characters viewers have come to love just for cheap shock value ( which is NOT what the show is about) then they risk losing what makes the series special and unique. Also, they’ll have to go through the trouble of casting a new character-not always a successful process. Just ask the “House” people. They also messed with the original cast in, oddly enough season three, and the series never recovered.
Beside’s, a team member turning out to be a villian accomplice is hardly a new plot device. “Bones” comes to mind, and there are many others. I’m just saying I hope for a more satisfying, (which will therefore be a more ‘shocking’ ) revelation than Grace having joined CBI because she’s a heroine in Red John’s network. Or that Rigsby’s brutal streak is his true nature; his love for rules and the comfort they give him was a facade all along; or even that Cho’s close mouthed nature is because he is a cold blooded Red John operative with his own sense of justice. I’d rather the writers build on what we already know and flesh out the characters more. As to whose Red John’s mole? I havae the perfect solution to that. FBI Agent O’Loughlin’s lady boss. We’ve only had a mention of her, but in episode “The Blood on His Hands”, she told him to follow Rigsby and Van Pelt because she suspected CBI agents were involved with Visualize. It could be that she actually wants to monitor them cause she’s a Red John operative. And she can easily enter the CBI building as a fellow agent.
Yes. I am so desperate to keep Amanda Righetti, Owain Yeoman, and Tim Kang on my screen that I’m making up plots for the writers.
Now, for the sake of keeping an open mind, I have to admit that I do foresee one, mind you- only one, possible good that could come if it turns out that a team members is in cahoots with Red John: the horror of the realization should result in strengthening Jane and Lisbon’s bond; they should get closer despite Jane’s fears. After all, after season two’s red john storyline when Bosco was killed, Jane made a bit of an effort trying to cheer Lisbon up, resulting in some of the funnest episodes (Rose-colored glasses, Code Red). Hmm, in that case, go ahead writers, “shock” us if you must. As long as you give make it up for us with enough feel-good episodes. You get bonus points for keeping Minelli alive.
Here is the original source of the spoiler for those interested. Dont’ forget to input your own expectations in the poll below. I’m also very interested to hear your own theories and predictions on what will happen.