'Criminal Minds' season 11 spoilers: Police drama to air more character-focused episodes


FBI’s BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit) proves to always be a home to its former members as Paget Brewster’s Emily Prentiss returned to the show in the last episode.

Fresh from the exit of Derek (Shemar Moore) in “A Beautiful Disaster,” fans of the show saw Emily’s return during this week’s episode titled “Tribute.” Emily, now a part of the Interpol, asked the help of her former colleagues in tracking down an international serial killer when a tip came in that his next stop would be in Chicago.

Moving forward, the long time police procedural will be taking a short break starting next week until it comes back on April 13 with an episode titled “Inner Beauty.” Despite the one-week hiatus, Carter Matt reported that fans can expect Rossi to take the center stage this time.

The official synopsis for the episode reads, “The BAU searches for an UnSub who is purposely disfiguring victims. Also, Rossi has an awkward reunion with his ex-wife, Hayden Montgomery, who kept his daughter, Joy, a secret from him for nearly 30 years.”

From the sound of it, it seems like it that the Supervisory Special Agent will have family drama to deal with on top of BAU’s case at hand.

All throughout season 11, “Criminal Minds” has incorporated character centric stories for their leads. Before Moore’s exit in the show, he had a couple of big story arcs, building up Derek’s resignation from the team last week. Prior to that, Matthew Gray Gubler’s Spencer Reid played the hero during season 11b’s opener. It seems like the show will like to keep it that way in the remaining three episodes of the season as they mine cases related even to the past characters of the show.

In an interview with TV Line, showrunner Erica Messer revealed that in the penultimate episode of the season, Frances Fisher will be guesting as Antonia Slade, “a crazy UnSub who was put away by [Mandy Patinkin’s] Jason Gideon 15 years ago.”

“She’s amazing,” Messer said referring to the British American actress.”We’ve been wanting to work with Frances Fisher for years and it never worked out, and we’re so glad it didn’t, because she was made to be this UnSub for us.”

The episode will be titled “Devil’s Backbone” and will air on April 20.