I just had a crazy idea and had to get it out there before tomorrow’s episode:
If Hightower really is Red John’s accomplice, then the reason for her actions ever since she got to CBI have a whole lot of implications:
-Hightower threatening both Jane and Lisbon with Lisbon getting fired (“Red Box”) could have been an attempt to break their friendship, ordered by Red John. Stiles mentioned once that Red John’s behavior towards Jane is “a form of love”. Red John may have been jealous of the bond Jane has with Lisbon which is no doubt not conductive to Jane’s desire for revenge.
Hence, Hightower telling Jane to behave himself “or Lisbon is out of here” could have been an indirect way of reminding him of what is really important to him, Red John. Simultaneously, Hightower telling Lisbon if she can’t control Jane “we’ll find someone who can” could have been done intentionally to cause resentment between them.
This might explain how irked Hightower looked at the end of that episode to see Jane lounging on Lisbon’s couch. Her attempt to put distance between them failed.
-So Red John then orchestrates Jane’s romance with Kristina. He has Hightower suggest Jane ask Kristina out, to later use her to destroy Jane; wanting Jane to refocus his attentions on him. Whether Kristina is an RJ operative herself or not is not clear; regardless, she was just a tool RJ used to rile up Jane.
-Finally, Red John himself might have contacted the college kids Dean and Ruth (Red Sky in the Morning) and asked them to use Jane for their snuff film. Because really, why use Jane unless they thought it would please Red John? And why would they assume it would (and risk his wrath) unless he told them too? Red John could have set up all the events of the Marley Sparrow case to lure Jane out, like he did in the season one finale.
I’m starting to think that there might really be a method to the madness that is the RJ storyline.
Thursday can’t come soon enough; it’ll prove I’m either a genius or a psycho.
By the way, you can blame this post on All-I-Need.