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The Mentalist Season 5: Darkness Ahead

If Red John IS someone we've met, I would guess Kristina Frye - her last conversation in the interrogation room with Patrick, where the "spirit" of Kristina Frye said she was dead, could mean that the Red John side of her had finally taken her over completely and "killed" Kristina...alternately, lacking any "split personality" option, getting herself put away in an out-of-the-way asylum where any number of her "disciples" could contact her, do her bidding or even get her out from time to time would be very easy to do.

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The Mentalist Season 5: Darkness Ahead

After all, in a number of shows where Patrick meets killers or others whose situation parallels his own loss, he always asks them "was it worth it" or gets a perspective from them on the lack of satisfaction in their revenge, and is always shown to be carefully considering their answer. I think this kind of evolution of attitude, in a sense growing "beyond" Red John, is what will enrage Red John enough to make the fatal error that will nail him - not because of a devious "long con" by Patrick, but almost unintentionally because of who Patrick Jane has become through his experiences at the CBI. If Red John IS someone we've met, I would guess Kristina Frye - her last conversation in the interrogation room with Patrick, where the "spirit" of Kristina Frye said she was dead, could mean that the Red John side of her had finally taken her over completely and "killed" Kristina...alternately, lacking any "split personality" option, getting herself put away in an out-of-the-way asylum where any number of her "disciples" could contact her, do her bidding or even get her out from time to time would be very easy to do.

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The Mentalist Season 5: Darkness Ahead

I've never got the impression that the show is structured like an Agatha Christie or Ellery Queen whodunit, but so many people seem to treat the "Who Is Red John" question as the key puzzle to the show, and are sure he is someone we've already seen. I think some of the clues in the end will turn out to be valid, but many will turn out to be red herrings, and when the writers decide who Red John is, they just have to pick and choose from the crumbs they've already laid down and just make sure they don't contradict too much of what has already been presented. I think the revelation will turn out to be of little importance, and will not be anyone we've met up to now (perhaps with one exception). I think if the show has an overall arc, it is Patrick's personal character evolution, growing beyond his obsessive need for revenge and reclaiming his life. After all, in a number of shows where Patrick meets killers or others whose situation parallels his own loss, he always asks them "was it worth it" or gets a perspective from them on the lack of satisfaction in their revenge, and is always shown to be carefully considering their answer. I think this kind of evolution of attitude, in a sense growing "beyond" Red John, is what will enrage Red John enough to make the fatal error that will nail him - not because of a devious "long con" by Patrick, but almost unintentionally because of who Patrick Jane has become through his experiences at the CBI. If Red John IS someone we've met, I would guess Kristina Frye - her last conversation in the interrogation room with Patrick, where the "spirit" of Kristina Frye said she was dead, could mean that the Red John side of her had finally taken her over completely and "killed" Kristina...alternately, lacking any "split personality" option, getting herself put away in an out-of-the-way asylum where any number of her "disciples" could contact her, do her bidding or even get her out from time to time would be very easy to do.

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