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"Final Shot" is the third episode of Season Nine and the 189th overall of Criminal Minds.


When several people at a plaza in Dallas are killed by a sniper, the BAU investigates whether the upcoming fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination is a motivating factor or if there is something else driving the killer.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


  • "Usual Suspects" by Ha Ha Tonka
  • "Blood" by The Middle East
  • "We Live and Die" by Lazybones
  • "In the Embers" by Sleeping at Last

Bookend Quotes

  • David Rossi: "Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal." — John F. Kennedy


  • The character of Adam Dawson seems to be partially based on serial killer Eric Williams. His murders, much like those of the episode's unsub, were initially assumed to be committed by members of the Aryan Brotherhood.
  • Though this was the fourth episode produced, it aired as the third.

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