One year has passed since JJ was kidnapped and tortured on the 200th episode of “Criminal Minds.” In the winter premiere (Jan. 14), those demons JJ has struggled to push away just can’t be stifled anymore.
“I promise you this will be a good thing for everyone,” A.J. Cook tells Zap2it.
While it is unclear just how the trauma from her kidnapping will manifest in the episode, titled “The Forever People,” Cook is relived her character is finally working through it. “It’s about time,” Cook says. “It’s nice to see she’s not a freaking superhero. She’s an actual human being that has to deal with these types of things like anybody would.”
“It just so happens it is coming up on the anniversary of her abduction, that is sort of what will make a person break,” Cook explains. “The walls will start to crumble around her. She’s doing her best to just hold it together, but she’s really cracking.”
JJ might not have had the courage to dive into her issues if it weren’t for her good friend Dr. Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler). “That’s one of my favorite things about this episode is that we really get to see their amazing relationship,” Cook says. “We haven’t really touched on that in a really long time and so you forget that these two are best friends. He’s the godfather of her child. It’s palpable the scenes between us in this. Spence really wants to help his friend.”
Also in the episode is “Melrose Place’s” Grant Show playing a cult leader. “He’s so charismatic,” Cook says. “He is everything you would think a cult leader would be. He nails it.”
“Criminal Minds” airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.