Will A.J. Cook's Role on Criminal Minds Change?

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In a surprising, positive turn of events, A.J. Cook returned in the Criminal Minds season finale last week and it appears that the actress is rejoining the cast for good.

This followed Cook's firing at the end of season five, a two-episode arc that bid her character farewell, a mid-season guest role and major uproar from the show's fans.

Now that she's back, will J.J.'s role with the BAU change at all?

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"All I know is, she's still the coordinator," Cook said in a recent interview. "I don't know if [the team] even needs another profiler. I think she likes her role."

That said, JJ's character will offer a new perspective, A.J. says about her alter ego being a full-time profiler. "She's seen things that these guys haven't seen, so she's grown."

"She's tougher, more experienced. I think now she may be able to bring more to her role, but I don't think it'll be out [in the field]. She's still going to be the face of the team."

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Criminal Minds Quotes

Don't you know there comes a midnight hour when everyone has to take off his mask - Soren Kierkegaard.

Hotch

Hotch: A sniper can wait up to 72 hours without sleeping.
Mays: Seriously?
Rossi: That's part of their training. They can stay awake for 72 hours and remain completely focused on their target.
Mays: How?
Hotch: By using a mental exercise called "fantasy integration". A sniper creates a scenarios involving a target that keeps that person at the forefront of their mind.
Morgan: Often they'll imagine a place where they're with the target, doing something together that takes time. For example, building a car.
JJ: For some, the fantasy begins the minute they're assigned a target. Then nothing will distract them.