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"The Crimson King" is the first episode and the season premiere of Season Twelve, and the 256th overall of Criminal Minds.


Agent Luke Alvez joins the BAU team as they are tasked with capturing a serial killer in Tempe, Arizona, who escaped from prison with twelve other convicts.

Guest Cast


  • "Midnight Train" by Escondido

Bookend Quotes

  • David Rossi: "Anger's my meat. I sup upon myself and so shall starve with feeding." – William Shakespeare
  • Aaron Hotchner: "The evil that men do lives after them. The good is oft interred with their bones." – William Shakespeare


  • Adam Rodriguez joins the team replacing Shemar Moore who left the show at the previous season
  • The character of Officer Chet Dewey was partially named after an assistant of showrunner and episode writer Breen Frazier.[1]
  • The names of Brian's alters are likely a reference to the hit musical, Hamilton, in which Alexander Hamilton's wife and her sister are named Angelica and Eliza. 


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