‘Criminal Minds’ EP Shares First Cast Photo Without Thomas Gibson

Hotch’s departure from Criminal Minds is now official. It’s true that there was never much of a chance of Thomas Gibson coming back to the show, especially this season. Now, though, executive producer Harry Bring has released the new cast photo that will appear in the main title and Hotch is conspicuously absent. 

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Taking over Hotch’s spot, on the show as well as in the picture, is Paget Brewster as Prentiss. Prentiss is right in the center of the new cast photo, denoting her new position as team leader. Joining her on her right side is Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid. Gubler’s position was previously filled by Shemar Moore as Derek Morgan, so the cast photo really does give the impression that Reid and Prentiss are the new co-leads of the show.