The Mentalist 6×09 Time Jump & Beyond Spoilers, EP Heller & Simon Baker

Written by Sandra Martinez   // November 24, 2013

simon baker and bruno hellerThe Mentalist 6×09 Time Jump & Beyond Spoilers, EP Heller & Simon Baker


Here’s the spoilers for The Mentalist from Bill Keveney at USA Today posted on Nov. 20th, 2013.


California Bureau of Investigation consultant Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) has been fixated on finding Red John, the serial killer who murdered his wife and daughter. On Sunday (Sun. Nov. 24th, 2013, 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS), he gets his wish.

In the Dec. 1 episode, the sixth-season drama will jump ahead two years to look at Jane and his CBI colleagues in the aftermath of Red John and the dissolution of the law-enforcement agency.

The Red John story “has been the anchor of the show and, when I say anchor, I mean it in both senses of the word,” Heller says. “It’s been an absolutely necessary (device for) stability,but it’s also been something that has held Jane in thrall and made him a darker and more driven and more ambivalent character than he would be otherwise. Now that anchor has slipped its moorings,” he says. “We wanted to see what Jane is like without this burden,” and the mentalist is definitely “happier” and “free to think about what to do with the rest of his life.” Even love is a possibility.

Australian actor Simon Baker, who plays Jane, calls the decision to end the Red John story and jump ahead in time “a bold and risky thing to do,” especially during the middle of a season. “I think that makes it fun and interesting.”

When The Mentalist jumps ahead, the former CBI team members will be scattered, with Lisbon in San Francisco, Rigsby and Van Pelt in northern California and Cho in Austin, the home base of the FBI agent (Rockmond Dunbar, who will become a series regular) assigned to shut down the CBI. Jane is out of the country.

Jane “wants nothing to do with his old life at all. (Lisbon) has made a new life for herself, (but) after two years she finds she’s thinking about Jane all the time.” Heller says. Their investigations will continue but in “a world of higher stakes and bigger strategies. They won’t just be solving crimes in California.”

Baker, who directs the Dec. 1 episode, says viewers will see changes in Jane. “It’s a coming of age in a way,” he says. “It redefines the relationship between Jane and Lisbon (Robin Tunney) in a real and adult way.”

No decision has been made regarding The Mentalist‘s future beyond this season — ratings are down, and CBS needs slots to launch new series — but Baker and Heller say there are plenty of stories to tell in the post-Red John era.

“I think that is going to fall on our writers, if they can come up with stuff that’s interesting and if we continue to move forward. That’s a challenge. I think they’re pretty keen to meet that challenge,” Baker says. “We’ll give it our best shot.”



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