Yes, fans of special agent Aaron “Hotch” Hotchner are taking to message boards to call for their hero’s return to the program when it transitions to the world of streaming entertainment. “I watched the show for Hotch, not for anyone else,” wrote Reddit user GhostoftheTreeHugger on the /r/CriminalMinds forum, “And after he was gone nothing felt right.” Long story short: if there ain’t no Hotch, they mustn’t watch.
There’s no official word yet on Hotch’s return. In an interview with ComicBook, Paget Brewster promised that Paramount+ had extended offers “to everyone who was in the cast for the last four seasons,” and that “every one of us who can, who isn’t already signed on to another show, we’ve been negotiating this.” That would include actor Thomas Gibson, who played Hotchner for the first 12 seasons of “Criminal Minds.” Whether he’ll accept the offer after more than a decade of portraying the beloved lawman remains to be seen.
It’s worth mentioning that Gibson’s exit from the series came, according to CNN, in the wake of his suspension for kicking a writer over a disagreement regarding a script back in 2016. How will this affect his chances of a return to the world of the BAU? Only time will tell.