The Mentalist Season 6: What We Hope to See

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September 29th feels like it's a long way off. Mostly because it is. And as much as we enjoy summer, the cool breezes of autumn and our favorite shows returning with new episodes weigh heavy on our minds.

So since we have to wait another 80-plus days for the season premiere of The Mentalist, we decided to make a list.

Read on, TV Fanatics, and see if our hopes and dreams for The Mentalist Season 6 match yours. Vote for what you'd most like to see happen come fall and don't forget to share your thoughts and add anything we've missed in the comments below.

Jane's Wild West

Our Mentalist Season 6 Wish List:

The Big Reveal. Yes, we finally want to know Red John's true identity. It's been five seasons. It's about time we know.

A Love Interest for Cho. One that doesn't involve a hooker, a junkie, or any other type of criminal. Someone worthy of the character we've grown to love.

More Rigsby and Van Pelt. It took a long time for these two to find their way back to one another. We're hoping to see this couple stay happy for a while.

Jisbon. That's the shipper name for Jane and Lisbon for those not in the know. A Jane / Lisbon pairing has been hinted at and teased for five seasons. It's included an I love you from Patrick that he later side stepped and many doe eyed looks for Teresa. It's about time these two had an honest conversation about how they feel for one another.

A Kiss. For those of us who don't care about the talking and want a little more action, a real kiss between this dynamic duo would make us cheer.

Casual Time. Wouldn't it be great to see the entire team spend a little more time outside the CBI?

Real Danger for Our Core Team. Show creator Bruno Heller promised that Red John will be targeting closer to home this season. We're hoping that means RJ will go after someone on Jane's immediate team. Not that we want to see Lisbon, Cho, Rigsby, or Van Pelt die at the hands of the merciless serial killer…but having one of them in serious peril will have us glued to the screen.

YOUR turn: Pick the story you're most hoping for on The Mentalist Season 6...

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Could it be possible that there is some psychology behind the choice of the victims and their locations that can link Red John? Minus the times he was forced to change his M.O. serialized killings by it's own nature incorporates a repetitive pattern. Red John's of killing has not changed. It could be possible that there is a pattern in the location of his kill sites which could be linked to the particular movement of a particular event.


There is actually a street in Daytona Beach florida that is named Red John. So this really could be anything. Also Florida is also a well known Carney layover site as well. The Carney people laid over in these spot during the winter months.


Oh, I found some archaic terms for Red John or John. John back in the olden days could mean policemen or priest. Red could mean cloak or hired gun. If you go back into the archaic language you start to find different meanings for Red John. Also the name could be a location using a cryptonym. I don't know how deep they're going to get but Red John did use a anagram in one of the episodes.


It's all about to be revealed!


@Rationalgal, now you see it! That's what I've been saying the whole time. RedJohn is more then involved with Jane. This is not about just getting played on TV. There is a big ole background story being hidden on both of them! I always said that there was another connection.


There has to be a deep background story to RJ connected to Jane's carney life. Otherwise the story makes no sense. This is way beyond ordinary serial killing. There has to be serious motivation for RJ involving Jane. So which of the 7 could be in a position or mental state to have that motivation? Stiles is so powerful and accomplished in his own right that there is no reason for deep hostility toward Jane. An empire builder is not threatened in any way by a carney hustler. As for Smith and McCallister WTF are they? You can't come up with a last-minute full fledged rationale for either being RJ without insulting viewers' intelligence. Same for Partridge and Hafner. Same even for Bertram. (Altho one or more may be involved for or against RJ). So I'm back to Kirkland as the real RJ, but he seems so pathetic. Not easy to kill a pathetic loser cheerfully, which may give Jane 2nd thoughts and an emotional dilemma. I love this show!


@Rationalgal, your 11:37 entry is very insightful and interesting.


I don't think Simon could play both Jane and RJ. That would require making them twin brothers or looking enough alike to be closely related. Jane has met RJ and shaken hands with him. He would know if it was someone who looked like him. Lorelei probably didn't know Jane and RJ were related (if they were). Jane has shaken hands with all 7 suspects and there are no Jane lookalikes there. However, I do think there is more than one Red John. Timothy Carter certainly was. He played the RJ part and as a faithful RJ minion and surrogate allowed Jane to kill him. He even had his wife Sally believing he was RJ. The only real RJ is probably Dumar's and Rosalind's Roy Tagliaferro. Rebecca's, O'Laughlin's and Todd Johnson'sRJ's, etc., were probably surrogates.


It's possible that Red John is now something of a corporate group, but it could not have started that way. At one time RJ was obviously a lone wacko serial killer. Then, with the murder of Jane's family and Jane seeking serious revenge, the picture changed. No more random killings. Now it was organized, targeted and specifically meaningful. And minions were recruited, and law enforcement was infiltrated, and surrogate Red Johns appeared. Way different from how RJ started. Why is that? Maybe just a massive black plot hole? Could be the sibling thing - a brother (maybe a twin?) unknown to Jane who was basically discarded while Jane was not. Jealously and envy grew, expressed first by random serial killings, then focused on Jane when he publicly dissed RJ. That was RJ's last straw and the jealously and envy took over completely. Seems plausible, tho a bit overly melodramatic for TM storytelling.


You're right about Red John too, it's just seems like it's a acronym for anonymous killers inc.

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