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The Mentalist Season Finale Shocker: There WILL Be Consequences!

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SPOILER ALERT: if you have not seen the season finale of The Mentalist, stop right now, go fire up the DVR and/or read our review of an incredible episode, with a truly shocking conclusion.

Okay? Ready? Then read what creator Bruno Heller had to say about how Patrick Jane's actions will impact season four:

"Patrick has just murdered a man in cold blood in front of hundreds of people and next season he will be tried in court. We won't dodge any issues. Patrick won't wake up and discover it was all a dream. There will be consequences."

Patrick Jane vs. Red John

Star Simon Baker also spoke to TV Guide about his character's violent, illegal, startling action, describing Jane's decision as follows:

"I think it was a brilliant choice to have the murder happen in such a public place. Bang! Bang! Bang! Then Jane's totally calm. People are running around in a panic. Jane just sits down and has his cup of tea. It's done. He's finally done what he needed to do. After this season, you're going to have the lead character on a network TV series being a cold-blooded, vengeance-killing murderer. That's heavy."

Read the full interview at TV Guide.

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Serial Killer or not, it was still murder in cold blood. Tv shouldn't teach people that revenge is alright no matter what. Killing someone because he killed someone else doesn't make you a better person. I'm sure Lisbon will be devastated. She always said she wanted to stop him and/or arrest Jane and now she wasn't even there. @Keith Vlasak, Jane is a consultant - he couldn't have arrested Red John. So there was no "resisting arrest".

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Serial Killer or not, it was still murder in cold blood. Tv shouldn't teach people that revenge is alright no matter what. Killing someone because he killed someone else doesn't make you a better person. I'm sure Lisbon will be devastated. She always said she wanted to stop him and/or arrest Jane and now she wasn't even there. @Keith Vlasak, Jane is a consultant - he couldn't have arrested Red John. So there was no "resisting arrest".

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After this season, you're going to have the lead character on a network TV series being a cold-blooded, vengeance-killing murderer. That's heavy." Ironic because Dexter is the lead character on the show "Dexter" and he's definitely a serial killer way worse than Jane. I really liked this ending though. Jane is finally satisfied and I loved the way he was so calm afterwards.

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I agree totally with Esoteric's theory. That is exactly what I thought at the end also.

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I think you'd really have to hate cops to consider this murder. A man identifies himself as and proves he's a wanted serial killer, an accomplice to O'Loughlin who's just shot up a safe house, threatens a CBI consultant with a gun with hollow tip bullets, taunts said consultant by saying all the CBI agents are gone and what is the consultant going to do to stop him, and will not allow himself to be detained (which is resisting arrest). And, all of this can be easily established. So, is this a plot twist or Hollywood?

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I don't think it's the real RJ. First of all, why would RJ go after Hightower? Hightower was the main suspect in terms of who CBI/Larouce thought was the RJ mole. Killing Hightower would cause CBI to focus more on him again. The fact that he went after her means 2 possible things: 1. Hightower being targeted was a red herring or 2. Hightower was a friend of RJ & had info on RJ worth killing her over. I'm gonna assume that RJ is always ahead of Jayne, in this case as well. Hightower was a trick to get Jayne to ruin his life by killing the wrong person. His followers have killed themselves & aided in playing games with Jayne in the past, what makes this different? The real RJ could have told the man Jayne killed some details so it sounded legit. RJ wants Jayne to be punnished for his arrogance and I think this is the worst way he could do it. Frankly, I'd be disappointed if it ended so easily for RJ. I think RJ is either within CBI or still has another mole. It could also be that RJ is not one person, but RJ is EVERYONE following a similar MO. Seeing as the show is based on Psychological theory, it could even go so far as to be similar to Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, where the original was a limited incident, but others followed it and kept it going. There are many loose ends to tie up, even in the last 2 hour episode, including the suspicious events behind the bomber getting out of his handcuffs. Larouce's mystery tupperware in the safe. I like the mystery of it, I hope they do something with it and don't just end up brushing it off as continuity errors.

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I'm not so sure that was Red John. Why did the police chief uncuff the bomb killer so he could kill him? Why did the FBI agent pull the necklace off Grace? Maybe the "gun" Red John had was just an excuse for Jane to kill him and again, the Real Red John is still just a puppet master. Can't see it being that easy. Jane looked a little controlled himself. There is still much to figure out. OBTW why is Red John after Hightower? I must have missed an episode.

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Well, Red John did have a gun in the newspaper and had it pointed at our man before. Maybe, it was pointed at him again. I would cry self defense. They will find the gun. eh?

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Although illegal, I loved it. All the killings Red John did and would have kept on doing, Jane did all a favor for the series charecters. The one I worry about is the poor woman who has to kill her fiance, thanks to Red John.

The Mentalist Quotes

Tiger tiger burning bright in the forest of the night.

Red John

I have no questions. You're an evil, sexually perverted sociopath with pathetic delusions of grandeur. The rest is just details.

Jane
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