Baby girls are weeping all over the world because episode 18 of “Criminal Minds” season 11 marked the departure of BAU’s Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore).
After being with the series since day one, last Wednesday’s episode saw the beloved agent decide to leave the bureau for good to focus on his new family. Although it appeared to be a happy ending, it was a roller coaster ride before Morgan got the ending he deserved. It was three episodes of danger and torture for the character.
The person responsible for his misery? Chazz Montolo, Giusseppe Montolo’s father.
It can be recalled that the younger Montolo was part of a ring of hitmen who was arrested later on by the BAU. When Morgan interrogated Montolo about ‘The Dirty Dozen’ in prison, the criminal dies and it is later revealed it was due to poisoning by a prison guard.
Because of the incident, TV Guide reports that Chazz Montolo mistakenly believed that it was Morgan who killed his son; hence, the threat to Morgan’s life and his loved ones.
Still, although the fictional crime boss is the reason for Derek Morgan’s decision to leave the BAU, actor Shemar Moore cites his desire to look for more opportunities and grow in his career as his reason for departing the series.
TV Guide quotes the actor in saying, “I wanted to see what the next chapter of my acting career is and also have a little balance so I could pursue other avenues of my life. I want to get married, I want to have kids, I want to travel.”
From this point on, “Criminal Minds” season 11 will have to move forward without Derek’s vibrant aura and charm. It makes every fan wonder whether a new replacement is coming along–like what the show usually does when one character leaves the series.
In an interview with TV Line, showrunner Erica Messer reveals that no one new will be introduced within the remainder of the season. Instead, she was positive that this may happen in next season’s premiere, assuming that the show is renewed.
Messer was quoted by the website in saying, “It feels like something that would be natural to do in a premiere,” Messer says, “just as we did for most everybody else who has ever come in.”
“Criminal Minds” season 11 continues to air every Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on CBS.