Criminal Minds season 12 went through some problems after Thomas Gibson, who played the role of Aaron Hotchner in the series, left the show. Since his departure, the team behind the series has been silent about what exactly happened and how they handled the situation. Fans were surprised to see the sudden departure of Hotchner from the show. But now, Erica Messer finally spoke on this matter and told fans how the situation was handled.

Erica Messer Talks About Thomas Gibson Leaving The Show

During a recent interview with TV Guide, Messer stated that it wasn’t easy for her to get Hotchner’s character out of the story-line all of a sudden. She claimed that as she loved the character, she wanted to see his story end the way it should. So making Gibson leave for his son was the best way to wrap up his story. At least this is what the show runner thought.

Criminal Minds Season 12

According to Messer, it wasn’t easy for her to come up with something that would fit in the story line, but making him leave because of his son was the best thing she could come up with. But it still was acceptable considering the fact that Hotch was absent from the past few episodes before he left the show. Thomas Gibson had to leave his work for some time as he didn’t want to drag is coworkers into the dark plans Mr. Scratch has against him. So Gibson decided to join his son in the Witness Program, thus leaving his team behind.

Erica Messer Talks About The Character Of Damon Gupton 

TV Line also got the chance to interview Messer, in which she talked about the character of Damon Gupton in the show. Damon is the latest addition in the series who will play the role of Agent Stephen Walker. As Damon was put in the show because of the Network, Messer had to come up with something which would make his role important and useful in the series. According to her, he will be a great addition to the team as his skills are going to be really useful in finding Mr. Scratch.

Criminal Minds Season 12 Episode 11 Release Date 

Criminal Minds started back in September 2005. The series instantly gained popularity due to the unique story line it featured. The show is currently on the 10th episode of its 12th season. Episode 11, titled as “Surface Tension”, is scheduled to release on February 1, 2017.

Let us know if you’re excited for the next episode or not in the comments below.