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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 as SSA Luke Alvez replacing Shemar Moore who left the show during the previous season.
  • Aisha Tyler is officially added to the opening credits as Dr. Tara Lewis, after spending the entirety of Season 11 as a Special Guest Star.
  • The character of Officer Chet Dewey was partially named after an assistant of showrunner and episode writer Breen Frazier.[1]


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