Criminal Minds to Cast a Love Interest For...

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We already know that Criminal Minds Season 8 will look very different, with Jeanne Tripplehorn on board as a new profiler.

And now we know that changes will come on the personal front as well the professional one. Isn't that right, Erica Messer?

Matthew Gray Gubler Promo Pic

The producer spoke to TV Guide this week and confirmed a major development ahead for Matthew Gray Gubler's character of Reid:

"He's gonna have a love interest," Messer says. "It will be a little arc and it's gonna be good."

An actress for the role has not yet been cast, but Messer teases she'll be introduced on Episode 4 and the two will bond over mutual affection for an author.

How will Reid possibly act when it comes to romance? He shared a kiss with Amber Heard's Lila Archer on Season 1… and that's been it when it comes to matters of Reid's heart.

"I don't know much at this point, but I'm dubious about all of this," says the newly-signed Gubler. "Could you imagine Reid dating? I'm curious to see where this goes. He doesn't know how to date!"

Criminal Minds returns with new episodes on September 26.

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Criminal Minds Quotes

Reid: There's an old Buddhist saying that, when you meet your soulmate, remember that the act to bring you together was 500 years in the making. So always appreciate and be kind to each other.
Lewis: That's lovely.
Reid: There's a corollary for friends. When you meet a true friend, you will be bound together though space and time for 500 years.

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.