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Criminal Minds Spoilers: 10 Things to Watch in Season 7

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Criminal Minds returns September 21 with the roster fans wanted intact all of last season.

The popular crime drama sparked outcry when it let A.J. Cook go early last season, then really Paget Brewster's character as well by writing her off in an open-ended, faked-death storyline.

That was then and this is now, though. Cook and Brewster are back in the fold at the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), with plenty of surprises in store for us in the coming Season Seven.

Here are 10 things to watch for, courtesy of show-runner Erica Messer and TV Guide:

Paget Brewster on Criminal Minds
  1. Prentiss' BAU resurrection will be "a pivotal part" of the changes coming this season, and will not be glossed over. "This event has changed all of our characters' lives," and we'll see how.
  2. Ian Doyle will be back, briefly: "We see a wee bit of Ian Doyle [in Season 7]."
  3. In Season 7, CM will "explore our heroes a little bit more" than the bad guys.
  4. Morgan tracks down Prentiss' killer. "Morgan made it his life journey to get redemption for his friend," Shemar Moore said. "No matter what, he wasn't going to let [Doyle] be out there in the world."
  5. Morgan and Hotch's relationship will be strained. Thomas Gibson: "I think the theme of broken trust within a family will have a chance to play in various ways and various times this season."
  6. Hotch, at one point, will be seen out of the country, bearded, in Pakistan.
  7. J.J. has been promoted to a profiler, and has been back 3.5 months!
  8. Garcia will now "introduce" the cases.
  9. Reid will have family problems.
  10. Rossi's first ex-wife could "linger."

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Kinda like the fact they are delving into the personal relationships of the team-- Morgan and Hotch tension would be interesting to see how it plays out. Don't want anyone to leave, but it could make an interesting arc if they start some tension, and then see how it is resolved. Soo glad to have everyone back.

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Enough already with the cute talk between Morgan and Penelope!! Let Morgan and Penelope have a little romance between Morgan and his "baby girl"

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Enough already..all that cute talk between Morgan and Penelope!! Why not have Morgan and his " baby girl" have some romance!!??

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Could you guys see JJ becoming their boss down the road and replacing Strass ?

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I am so glad the team is back. I love all the characters and don't want any of them removed from the show. They all bring something special to the series. My hat is off to CBS for listening to the fans about J.J. and Emily. Good luck to the entire cast for many more exciting episodes. No more changes CBS, okay!

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I like that it appears Reid will be doing more than just intellectual work. It would also be nice if he made the relationship with his father a little better than they left it in season 4. I do hope, however, that the team relationships don't stay "strained" but get better at some point during the season.

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I like that it appears Reid will be doing more than just intellectual work. It would also be nice if he made the relationship with his father a little better than they left it in season 4. I do hope, however, that the team relationships don't stay "strained" but get better at some point during the season.

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Don't mess with Morgan. De-caricature Penelope. Too much with the orange hair, purple lipstick, flowers stuck everywhere. Normalize her a bit and let her get sucked into some field investigations.

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Maybe their killing of ried mother

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I am a huge fan of CM. Have seen every eposide at least 2x. I make a date with myself every Wed. at 9:00 EST to enjoy what unfolds and try to figure out what happens next!!! I am sooo glad Prentiss and JJ are back. Also that the writers are expanding on the characters! I love Reid. Will Jane Lynch be back as his mother? Hope so.... she is a great actress. I would also like to see more of Ian Doyle - Wouldn't it be great if he joined the FBI. Hey that would be a great storyline!! Sept. 21 cannot get here fast enough for me. A CM fan to the end!!!!

Criminal Minds Quotes

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.

Thomas Merton once wrote "Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone. We find it with another."

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