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.


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.

Hotch and Prentiss

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.


Beth is so not Hotch's type and not good for the show. The idiot that Hotch has been playing when around Beth is sicking. What if she wanted kids, crap he is 50. Quit trying to make him look like 29. He needs a mature solid WOMAN you understands the nature of the beast (both Hotch and the BAU) and can handle all the challenges that go with the job, and the person who is the job. A long distance relationship where he goes weekends and days off to be with a love interest would be good he could take Jack often. The person needs to be older,smart,centered,self aware and solid within self. She could also be a help rather than freak out when seeing cases. I vote NO NO NO on Tripplehorn, even though you have tried to make her look like Prestiss, she has nOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO class.

@ Dodie

I fully agree, I have been avoiding the show, my favorite, because of this. Hotch would never choose a woman over his son and that is basically what they are doing.


I will miss Paget! Cannot wait for the season to start next week so I can see my favorite man in the world...Shemar Moore!! :)


I personally cannot wait for this up coming season , I love Rossi and I do hope that they show much much more of him . PLEASE


I'd like to see more personal problems goingon with reid i feel like there drifting off of him, i think the way reid talks to people and acts when he has a problem is when hes at his best. And morgan (super sexy chocolate hot peice of ass) should be in a relationship. I would have liked to see him and prientess but she gone i guess so that wont happen. Its a damn shame shes leaving, again. I was just starting to like her. But this season finale was amazing when jj kicked that chicks ass I'm not gonna lie i was a little turned on by. jj and will are the best and henry is too cute!


Shamar Moore is my absolute favorite. Love the rest, but he is good eye candy besides being a strong character, said this 70 yr. olde fan of the show. It is first in my TiVo season pass.


Prentiss stay and marry reid!): u all make a good couple! have a nerdy baby!!


My favorite is Hutch, as much as I like all the other characters if Thomas Gibson left I might stop watching the show. I'm glad David & Hutch have a good repoir, it gives him an outlet to question himself and get a indepth answer.Looking forward to season 8, 9, 10 ......


Love it, the program is amazing and great


Thank you for the interview with TG. I do hope Prentiss returns now and again. Em and Hotch would have made a perfect match. Beth (the character) is too self centered to put up with Hotch's job. Even Haley couldn't handle it. Gibson has got his charater down pat and as hard as I try there is nothing of TG in Hotch. Wow what an actor.


I agree with Dorothy that "Beth is not right type of girl for Hotch!" Since “Hotch is a man of integrity, honor, respect, wisdom, and ethics,� Hotch should be with someone like Emily Prentiss. Now, Emily Prentiss is gone, that potential love story line between Hotch and Prentiss will never happen, UNLESS Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster) returns to Criminal Minds should Paget Brewster “finds comedy not her taste!�

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