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"Epilogue" is the sixth episode of Season Seven and the 144th overall of Criminal Minds.


The BAU searches California's Angeles National Forest after a number of bodies mysteriously turn up in the mountain lakes there. Also, Rossi struggles with an agonizing decision regarding his ex-wife.

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  • "Do It" by Shana Halligan
  • "Turnpike Divides" by Thursday

Bookend Quotes[]

  • David Rossi: "To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable." — Erich Fromm
  • David Rossi: "The timing of death, like the ending of a story, gives a changed meaning to what preceded it." — Mary Catherine Bateson


  • Towards the end, when the unsub has Evan as a hostage, the knife he wields is obviously made of rubber. This is best seen as soon as he brings his hand out of the water with it, as the movement bends the knife in ways a metal knife would not bend.
  • The uncredited David St. Pierre did stunt work for this episode, as well as the Season Four episode "Brothers in Arms" (and also played that episode's unsub), Season Seven episode "Heathridge Manor", and the Season Nine episodes "In The Blood" and "Blood Relations".

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