Aaron Hotchner and Derek Morgan in friendly times.
Will the secret Hotch kept from the team cause a problem
Entertainment Weekly was on the CRIMINAL MINDS set yesterday (August 4), talking with the cast, and showrunner, Erica Messer. Messer gave EW some insight about how the team was going to react to Prentiss' return from the dead.
“Because I’ve been with these guys from day one, we have a really good working relationship of the characters we’ve all created, so we had conversations,” she tells me. “I scripted it that everyone was going to have a huge reaction to her returning, but I’m not about to say, ‘Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) does this,’ ‘Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) does that.’ I only gave them words. Garcia says, ‘She’s alive.’ And Reid says, ‘But we buried her,’ because Garcia is very emotional and Reid is very logical.”
Messer said Morgan (SHEMAR MOORE) will also struggle with the fact that he believes Hotch (Thomas Gibson) betrayed the team by telling them she was dead. And subsequently, Hotch “had to keep this secret from the team while they were pouring their hearts out. He’s burdened with that,” she says. “It’s a complicated tale. When secrets are kept, it’s natural to be complicated.”It is not surprising that Morgan would be deeply affected. He and Prentiss (Paget Brewster) were most often paired off in the field, and he was with her when she lay dying. Will this cause between Morgan and Hotch? Many of us on the LOVING MOORE AND MORE Message Board felt that Morgan should have been privy to the truth because of their close relationship.
Unfortunately we have to wait forty-seven days to how the drama plays out. Season 7 premier is Wednesday, September 21.