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The Mentalist Season 5 Report Card: A (6/19/2013)about who RJ is itself, but the meaning behind it and process to getting him and how it affects and changes everybody. Your right also @anitraward1, everything has been planned for years, this isn't on the spot improvisation, "Oh in season 3 we wanted Stiles to be RJ, now I think Partridge would be better so tada!". The other reason to give the list is because there are other characters important in this game to analyze even if they aren't RJ. It absolutely matters what Stiles and his end game hidden behind a cloud of mystery are, it absolutely matters what Kirklands end game is(and I don't think hes in any way connected to RJ), or say any potential moles RJ still has we haven't seen yet(which is probably why some random names like Reede Smith were on the list to create suspicion of the idea of mole). But ultimately, it is up to you and your expectations, what do you want to take away from the show? Because I can tell you know if you focus on the clues that could reveal who RJ is and trying to make them all fit harmonously, you might not be as satisfied in the end as you could be.
The Mentalist Season 5 Report Card: A (6/19/2013)This isn't a show about intricacies in storylines coming back to having ramifications, it doesn't require us to scrutiinize everything like other shows do to come up with the killer, we do so anyway, but really who RJ is going to be dictated by simple things like having symmetry of RJ being there from episode 1 or always keeping him in the background as someone we all know but consider insignificant but who appears in all the big episodes. However, if your focus is on how Jane approaches the situation, how he changes, the potential aftermath, how it affects the characters, and the overall meaning behind having an entire CBI organization ripe with corruption and how that affects a life or how exactly this obsession eats at Jane in new ways we haven't seen, then regardless of who RJ is, you can always gain something from it and be at peace with yourself and satisfied. It's just up to you and what you expect, the show is basically telling us narrowing the list itself its not about who RJ is, but the process/end meaning
The Mentalist Season 5 Report Card: A (6/19/2013)before they show knew there were only so many possibilities) thats not really the significant part, it's the process and overall meaning behind finding him and what it means to Jane and everyone else. Who Rj is, yes of course it's relevant, but honestly there were only ever a handful of suspects close observers of the show truely ever believed could be RJ. Focusing the mystery on "saying oh it could be ANYBODY' wouldn't have been smart by the writers and they knew this. Also, this sets up more twists and turns rather than just leaving everybody open and Jane finally coming to a key breakthrough and pursuing that character and that being the end of the story. As for the idea of being cheated, it all depends on what you want: If you want everything to tie together and make sense, you probably will be dissapointed(and the show has already warned us we will likely be dissapointed and that RJ is just "another man" as Brunoe said).