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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I like both KM's and Ani's death-of-RJ scenarios. Obviously there are ways to satisfy both Lisbon and Jane and I hope the writers do that. I think there will be some kind of confrontation though, given Heller's remark that the arrest-or-kill positions of Lisbon and Jane are not theoretical but will play out. Jane is dug in on revenge way beyond his ability to reconsider it. That has been made obvious in ep after ep. He will die if that's what it takes and he doesn't care. Lisbon's "arrest him" position is not at the to-the-death level so if this works out without Jane hating Lisbon forever for denying him his revenge, I expect Lisbon will be the one clever enough to work it out so RJ is both arrested by Lisbon and killed by Jane. At least in a manner that satisfies law enforcement authorities if they don't look too close.


Jane gets of of the bed with the gun hanging at his side, he walks over to Red John's lifeless body and screams at it saying that even death was not good enough for him. He then spits in Red John's dead body and staggers across the room to a chair. He sits down and begins to cry when he see a figure appear from the darkest corner of the room. It's kirkland asking him why he thought it would be that finish the story!


Very dramatic ending, @ani. shivers! I'll take yours or @KM's gladly as long as the writers aren't going to waste my time with trials or Patrick in jail. Again. Just like "other" woman. Been there. Done that. Multiple times. Let it go. Give me life after . . .


Jane tells Red John that he always thought that he was stupid and no more enlightened then a corpse six feet under dirt. Jane continues telling Red John he should have realized that coming after him was a trap. Jane slowly raises his arm, pulling it from beneath the covers to reveal a gun. Jane's hand is shaking as he aims it at Red john's head. He asks Red John if he has any last words. As Red john begins to speak Jane says a man like you never deserves any last words. Jane then pulls the trigger putting a bullet right in the middle of Red John's forehead. Jane still looking in Red john's eyes sees the disbelief in Red John's face before his life leaves his body as it drops to the floor.


Let's keep them both clean KM. How about this, Jane working independently of Lisbon as usual fines the last piece of information that will uncover Red John. Instead of telling Lisbon he decides to sleep on it. Jane tired and exhausted goes to his hotel room. He is laying in his bed on his back sound asleep. He is awakened to a superficial knife cut to his upper torso. Still under the covers he pushes himself partially up the headboard. Breathing heavily and trying to peer through the darkness he hears Red John say this is the last time I want to look at your face or hear your voice Patrick. Jane replies and says, if it is, then show me your face. Red John turns on the light to reveal his face. Jane while clutching his wound watches Red John walk towards him with his blood dripping off Red John's knife. Jane lays very still and listens to Red John tell him that he is nature's selected choice and that Jane should have realized he was never a match for him. Jane tells Red John that he always thought he was stupid and that he should have realized that coming after him was the trap. Jane slowly raises his hand from beneath the covers to reveal a gun and tells Red John this is where it ends. He points the gun at Red John's head and asks him if he has any last words. As Red John is about to speak Jane tells him that a man like him never deserves any last words. Jane then puts a bullet in the middle of Red John's forehead.


An example of one of the ways I can see both having their way would look something like this, Lisbon would have some grounds for defense in the final moments with RJ, but Jane actually does the killing, and Lisbon wipes Jane's prints clean from the weapon. That way Jane has the knowledge that he fulfilled his promise to his family and Lisbon will have fulfilled her promise to him. Jane won't see jail time and he won't have the publicity, and Lisbon might have to go through some enforced vacation and then interviews (like what Rigsby had to face) with LaRoche until the officials are satisfied that RJ was killed in self-defenses while attempting to bring him to justice. I hope this survives moderation.


That's a great question, @rationalgal. What would Jane be willing to sacrifice for Lisbon if it comes to it, in the end game. We've seen the sacrifices and and changes he's been willing to make so far for her. Sometimes it may not seem like a lot until you consider he stated aims and how many times he's laid them aside for her, as well as where he started and who he is now. Is it actually important that he show what he will sacrifice for her at the end? Especially if there is an impasse and one must give way, there being no way to satisfy the needs of both? Is it more important for he to give way than she? I don't know. Is one more forgivable than the other? Would one or the other actually be unforgiven? I think those decisions will ultimately be made at the level of personhood and relationship rather than cut and dried behavioral lines. Within limits, I guess. Although they may cause considerable turmoil until resolved.


Really interesting comments, all of you! Jane is definitely a complex character, a mix of good and not-so-good, but never really bad. He has given up the desire for money and fame that Bosco reminded him of, so he can change. He does push the envelope at times but only with evil people who deserve what he does to them (Panzer, guy in casket, etc.). Lisbon's whole life has been about protecting people she's responsible for and following the rules (tho willing to bend them for compassion and justice). She will arrest RJ and stop Jane from killing him partly because of the rules but mainly (I think) to protect Jane from the consequences of his own heedless drive for revenge. She does not want to see him dead or in prison no matter how much he doesn't care. She will sacrifice her career to do that for him, and that is love. What will Jane sacrifice to protect her? His obsession for revenge? That would also be love. We'll see.


@ani How I see it is that Lisbon HAS drawn her lines. They might not be where I would draw them or you would. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. And Lisbon has shown she has a high tolerance for Jane's developmental path, especially since his enlightenment as to the role and importance that trust and loyalty play not only in his relationship and work with Lisbon, but how it generalizes to other, friendship, relationships, JJ Laroche being a case in point. Lisbon's line is loyalty, trust. She will not abandon the person Patrick Jane, at least not before that line is broken, although she may have to sever her work relationship with him and/or even give up any thoughts of romantic involvement or a life with him, if she has any. But refusing to work with him would be a situation in extremis, which certainly could happen and may be part of the teased drama that somehow Jane and Lisbon will be separated.


Lisbon only took a sip of the koolaide and caught a buzz. She ain't high!

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