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Thomas Gibson Speaks on Criminal Minds Finale, Socks, Season 8

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TV Fanatic is as excited for tomorrow night's two-part Criminal Minds season finale as you all are, trust us. So when we got the opportunity to chat up Thomas Gibson recently - yes, SSA Aaron Hotchner himself - we jumped at the chance.

We made sure to get some season finale scoop, but also dug deep for the really hard-hitting questions, like... why does everyone have a fetish with Matthew Gray Gubler's socks? And who would make the best real life FBI agent?

Whether you're sad to see Prentiss go, or just want to find out what makes Hotch tick, I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy hearing from Gibson as much as I did. He is every bit as awesome as you'd want him to be.

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TV Fanatic: What can you tell us about what we can expect from the season finale?
TG: You can expect a very suspenseful and fun ride through the season finale, and also you can expect a nice surprise at the end of it. Which is unusual for us. You know usually there's a smoking gun, there's somebody at the end of the battle. But we've done a great story about a bank robbery that is sort of more than it first appears. There is a wedding, but there's also kind of a twist. When you get to half-way through the two-parter I think you would be hard pressed to know or guess who was going to be married at the end of the second hour.

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TVF: What's the best part of playing Hotch, or your favorite thing about him?
TG: I would say his dedication. I think that when people tell me that, if they ever needed the FBI, that they would want him to show up at their door. And that's to me high praise for the character. Because I think he takes the job that seriously. He wants to be the consummate law enforcement professional, he wants to do the right thing at all times.

And there's never really moments when he's on the job that he doesn't hear the clock ticking, that he isn't thinking about somebody else. I mean sometimes to his detriment and to the detriment of everybody around him. But this is as intense as he is…but he's very different from me. And I think it's one of the very interesting and good things about the character.

TVF: Can we get Hotch to smile more? Our readers have commented that they like it when you smile, and I agree.
TG: Well that's very nice of them to say. I think he sometimes feels like there aren't enough hours in the day. He's all for levity but there just isn't enough time when he's working. But yet, when he's home with his son and now with Beth he's very very happy to kick back and relax a bit.

TVF: So in checking out your Twitter, I have to ask - what's up with Matthew Gray Gubler's socks?
TG: Well, they never match, and maybe two years ago when we were all pretty new to Twitter, somebody said, "What socks is Matthew wearing today?" because a few people knew about the socks thing. So I photographed his socks and his feet, and then started photographing everybody's shoes and playing the game of who's feet are these? And then it became like this full  on…now I've got this foot fetish thing. But I don't, really. But if that's what the people want, let's let them have it.

TVF: It seems like, personality-wise, everyone on your show is really fun and animated. True?
TG: It's true! We really like each other and we all have a really good time, so it's very cool. Believe it or not it's not always like that on shows.

TVF: Based on those traits, if someone was really an FBI agent in real life, who would make the best one?
TG: Oh, that's a good question. It's hard for me to say. You know, I think we would all bring a certain amount to it. But, um... maybe Joe? I'm not really sure, hard to say. I think an online poll for the fans would be a good way to settle it. (Thanks for the idea, Thomas! Vote now, Criminal Minds fans!)

TVF: The Reaper episodes where you lost Haley were such an outstanding story line. But now we're all happy to see that Hotch has Beth and things are finally looking up, where do you see that all going?
TG: Well, it kind of happened in a really nice, organic way. In fact I did sit down with the writers this year and we kind of mapped it out because it was definitely something that I wanted to see happen for him. And so I think we're going to sit down in the next few weeks again. Because Erica and I, and Janine and I had kind of talked about all of the things that this would mean to him.

And some of the challenges and some of the obstacles. And whether or not Beth was ready for some of the things that happen when you get involved with someone who works in law enforcement. And then this particular guy and his son and what they've both been through. So these are all very interesting points to the character, and we'll deal with them in the coming year.

TVF: We're sad to see Paget Brewster leave, but for you, what will be some of the things that you'll miss most? Or what will be most obviously absent after she's gone?
TG: The Prentiss character is a fantastic character, and I'm hoping that we'll see a little of her this year. I'm not exactly sure, and I know Erica's hoping to keep the door open too. So I'm hoping that we will see her back. But no, there will definitely be a hole. Paget has such a great character and she's a wonderful person, it's just hard to say we won't miss everything about her.

TVF: What are your predictions for season 8? Are there any guest stars you'd like to have on, since you guys had a lot of that this year?
TG: Our casting department does an amazing job with casting the show. I'm just sort of sitting back and getting ready for them to throw another great season of guest stars at us. What is interesting is that, there's the bad guy - the Unsub - and there's lots of great parts that get written for guest stars. And it's been really fun to see the wide range of actors that you've know come on, and some that you haven't known before but then once you work with them you see...

I think we had Melissa Leo in Season 2 playing a sheriff in an episode with Keith Carradine and then she goes on to  do such terrific work in The Fighter. So it's been really cool and we're just excited to see who April and Scott can bring in next season.

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Criminal Minds is my favourite show. So sorry to see Paget Brewster go; was hoping that she and Hotch would get married. They both know the job and the energies match; she is a bit of a rebel with a past, and he is serious - so yin and yang. Change your minds? Beth is sweet, but ....... Love Reid. (Looks great with short hair.) And it is amusing when Hotch checks Reid's ego - like family. As for Garcia. Can the writers give her a less "in your face" role? Her comments over the air, especially when the team is in the field, are really inappropriate. Does she suffer from ADD x4? Last comment - love Hotch.

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i don't like what they did to this show and how poorly they treated the characters. i am an emily prentiss fan, and was sad to see that even in her last episode i saw that stalker from the park. i hate her! her mere existence makes me hate her! please get rid of her! oh, and bring paget back!

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One more comment - Haley's last wish was that Jack know that Hotch wasn't always so serious. Frankly, he seems the happiest he's been since the very beginning. Beth doesn't make him submissive; she brings out his fun and playful side, but also lets him be SSA Hotchner without a huge dose of guilt every time he walks out of the house. I know this is probably blasphemy in the Criminal Minds world, but I prefer Beth to Haley.

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I like the Beth/Hotch relationship. She makes him happy. She is great with Jack and he loves her. More importantly, she allows Hotch to be Hotch. His work is important to him and she doesn't make him feel guilty about going to work on a case. Haley was a great mom and loved Hotch, but there was constant conflict, guilt, and upset. I'm so confused as to why so many Criminal Minds fans are against this story line. Prentiss and Hotch would never have worked, even if Paget hadn't left the show.

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I agree with Dorothy, Dodie, Colleen, Tess, Amy, Carly, etc. (are you catching on Erica?) Beth has completely assasinated Hotch's character. She has made him seem very submissive. Along with her "stalker" entrance on the scene, there is not a woman in the world who wants that first kiss "out of the way". I deliberately took note of the episodes that feature Beth/Bellamy Young; and I make a conscious effort to switch channels during that hour. Aside from being a complete dullard, this actress has absolutely no on-screen chemistry with Thomas Gibson. Now that Beth has moved to New York, I'm hoping she will become a "statistic" while jogging through Central Park.

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Loved the show, however, now that 'Emily has left the building', I can't get excited about her replacement. No va-va-voom! Perhaps JJ's husband could fill the void. And Elle was WEIRD!!!

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I love this show. This is probably my favorite show ever. I've just finished season 7 (I bought the DVDs) and I am both dreading and looking forward to season 8. Paget Brewster's final scene in the season 7 finale left me in tears for about an hour after I finished and I am not looking forward to having her gone. She was an incredible character who brought a lot of life to the show. **I really think she and Morgan should have been in a relationship, they are virtually perfect for each other** In the upcoming season, however, I am excited at the new storyline and after watching the episode promos and reading the synopses I am very interested in the story that will take up more than one episode, like the Reaper case did.
In this next season I would also like to see a development of Reid's character and a little more of Morgan and Garcia because I love their funny banter between themselves.
I am however not looking forward to starting season 8 because I am worried about the new character that has replaced Prentiss and I am not ready to let go of her. They should maybe have her guest star on a case once or twice because I think it would be nice for the team as well to get one of their own back.

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WELL I DON'T WATCH CRIMINAL MINDS BUT I DO WATCHED MORE OFFENED DHARMA AND GREG AND I LIKE THEM BOTH AND HOW I WISH THAT THERES A REMAKE OF DHARMA AND GREG ON A BIG SCREEN IN THE MOVIE MWA THOMAS GIBSON AND JENNA ELFMAN

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i always love thomas gibson. but the other casts r great too!

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Bring Paget Brewster and her character back. That was a perfect ensemble.

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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