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Criminal Minds Review: Let Me Go ...

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After weeks of ominous buildup, the time came for Emily Prentiss to deal with Ian Doyle once and for all. But would she survive this IRA villain's malicious intentions?

As the BAU profiled one of its own to prevent a terrorist from shattering the "family," Prentiss again took matters into her own hand as she confronted nemesis Doyle.

In what was a gripping final episode wrought with violence, emotion and suspense, Paget Brewster's character left Criminal Minds last night, but with a surprise twist.

Prentiss in Trouble

If this was her last turn as Prentiss, Paget Brewster left on a strong note.

Following a gruesome fight to the death with Doyle, we were led to believe Prentiss perished in Morgan's arms, pleading with him, "Let me go," with her final breaths.

Perhaps he did, but not in the way we thought.

In the episode's closing moments, Prentiss was shown (presumably) only from the rear at an outdoor cafe in Paris, implying she somehow escaped death by stake.

Unlike The Vampire Diaries, there are no mystical rules that could have saved her after being impaled. Yet there she was, living to fight another day, in a new life.

The episode title, “Lauren,” referred to the secret alter ego of Emily. Will she assume that alias again, or adopt a new one? And will we ever see Prentiss' face again?

As much as I like the character, the open-ended conclusion seemed a bit out of place. They even went as far as having a funeral for her? It was just a little bizarre.

Maybe Emily really will return? It was an awfully long buildup to her demise in any case, only to be faked out in the closing moments. But it was a strong episode.

Timothy V. Murphy’s Ian Doyle was as convincing as a bad guy gets on TV, and the climactic fight scene as gruesome as you'll see. Parts of it were hard to stomach.

A major highlight for me was Kirsten Vangsness’ Garcia showing so much emotion over these events, especially given how the BAU "family" is trained not to do so.

The possibility of losing their colleague definitely hit Garcia and Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler, who directed the episode) the hardest, and the actors played this well.

Matthew's direction was also excellent. Cutting between the past and present scenes could have easily been hokey, but it was done seamlessly and effectively.

Criminal Minds Scene

A.J. Cook returned to Criminal Minds last night.

While she obviously took a back seat to Brewster, it was great to see A.J. Cook back for this one episode as J.J. We can only hope it wasn't her last appearance as well.

It was J.J. who told the others Prentiss assumed the identity of Lauren, that Doyle was their last case, and that Prentiss went undercover on it because she's his type.

In France, it was J.J. who hooked Emily up with her new identity before she disappeared. A.J. playing a central role in Paget's exit was both bittersweet and compelling.

Brewster will be missed on Criminal Minds. I doubt I'll be the only one to say that. Her style was a nice counterbalance to some of the melodrama exhibited by others.

Her last episode really had the feel of a season or series finale, didn't it? That's a compliment to the cast and crew, but it had an air of finality. Certainly momentous.

It's hard to imagine the show just picking up with a standard installment in two weeks, but we'll be watching when it does, of course (and missing our favorite ladies).

What did you think of last night's Criminal Minds? Can the show be as good as it has been without these terrific female characters? Discuss below.

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they had to go as far as the funeral because they want to make everyone think she is dead if the didnt have a funeral it would have been suspisous and pepole would have still kept looking for her to kill her but know its like hey you look ike someone who just died(coinsidence) it all does make since when u think about it

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@amyazing68 The Twitter accounts of the cast members of Criminal Minds are: @pagetpaget @ajcookofficial @Vangsness @Gibsonthomas @GUBLERNATION @JoeMantegna @RachelNichols1. Shemar Moore doesn't have an account. The 2 makeup artists of the show are also on Twitter and they tweet a lot of cast pics @annafleiner @Dayne9165.

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It's so sad how Prentiss left the show.... The new replacement for prentiss is not close at all. I think that the network is trying to get rid of the show entirely... I mean, I bet reid is next in line because of his headaches. Then someone else is going to leave. Even if the show doesnt end, if they dont stop recasting so much the show would be dead in a matter of seconds.

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Joe montega is on twitter @JoeMontega ... However you spell his last name... @Gibson is Thomas Gibson, and @PGarcia is Kirsten Vangess... They can be found on @CrimMinds

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I hope that JJ returns now that you have gotten rid of Emily. They are both terrific actors. I must agree with the comments above that the new blonde does not fit well with the other characters. She must go. I hope that Emily will return in the fall. I enjoy the show otherwise. Carol

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ANNIE or ANYONE who knows:
You mentioned following the cast on Twitter. I've tried to find them and can't. Can you please post their @? Thank you

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I was so disappointed about removing the strong female character of the show. Are the producers killing the show? As has already being stated the new female on the show, haven't bothered to learn her name, is no replacement for Prentiss

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I liked the episode. the end when we seen her walk away it was too Soap oprea for me however I liked it. I know they had fake her death because Doyle got away loved seein JJ agian I don`t like Seaver. I hope that Emily comes bacck next year. but sadly I think if she doesn`t come back CM won`t last much longer with more and more of the cast leaving.

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SHAME ON CBS ON GETTING RID OF THE TWO BEST FEMALE ACTRESSES, JJ AND EMILY, IT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME OR AS GOOD! GET RID OF THE NEW BLONDE BIMBO THAT CAN'T ACT AND DOES NOT FIT WITH THE TEAM. BRING AJ AND PAJET BACK NEXT SEASON! CRIMINAL MINDS WILL DIE WITHOUT THEM!ALL BOYS CLUB CBS? WHY NOT GET RID OF THE MEN? WHAT HAPPENED TO "FAMILY" CBS EXECS? NANCY

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CM one of the best shows ever! But - getting rid of AJ and Prentiss a major mistake. Don't enjoy the new female character at all and frankly would have rather seen Rossi go over one of the females. What happenend to the story line about Reid's headaches?

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