Why Did Gideon Leave ‘Criminal Minds’? The Unit Chief Will Be Missed

Fans of the late, great Criminal Minds are all too familiar with the story of Jason Gideon (played by Mandy Patinkin). The former unit chief and veteran FBI agent was a pivotal character for so many glorious seasons, and his departure devastated viewers worldwide.

And if you’re wondering why exactly Gideon ended up leaving Criminal Minds, stay tuned, and prepare for some spoilers — if you didn’t see his final episode on the show, it’s juicy AF. Just remember to keep tissues within arm’s reach.

Producers say Gideon’s death provided closure.

According to TV Guide, the show’s executive producer, Erica Messer, said it was beneficial to see who Gideon was, and what he went through over the last several years. Viewers hadn’t seen him in quite a while, but it provided good closure for his character.

“It felt like a really nice way of honoring Gideon. We don’t kill off our heroes very often,” Messer said in TV Guide.

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“… It felt like after 10 years, these are things that do happen to agents who have worked together for a long time… All of our fans who’ve been watching for 10 years, all of us who’ve been working here 10 years and the actors who’ve been living these characters for 10 years — it was like, ‘Let’s give them some real drama,’ Messer said, according to TV Guide.

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BRB while I watch every episode pre-season 3. TBH, Gideon is forever living on in my heart.

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