Season Thirteen is the thirteenth season of Criminal Minds. On April 8th, 2017 CBS announced the renewal of Criminal Minds for the 2017-2018 TV season, with a standard initial order of 22 episodes. The season premiered on September 27, 2017.
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- Joe Mantegna - David Rossi
- Matthew Gray Gubler - Dr. Spencer Reid
- A.J. Cook - Jennifer Jareau
- Kirsten Vangsness - Penelope Garcia
- Aisha Tyler - Dr. Tara Lewis
- Daniel Henney - Matthew Simmons
- Adam Rodriguez - Luke Alvez
- Paget Brewster - Emily Prentiss
|Image||Title||Airdate||Writer||Director||Season Episode||Series Episode|
|"Wheels Up"||September 27, 2017||Breen Frazier||Glenn Kershaw||1||278|
|The BAU teams up with Matthew Simmons to save one of their own from Mr. Scratch.|
|"To A Better Place"||October 4, 2017||Bruce Zimmerman||Diana Valentine||2||279|
|When the remains of three people are found in suitcases, the BAU works to determine if there is any connection.|
|"Killer App"||October 18, 2017||Stephanie SenGupta||Alec Smight||3||280|
|The BAU travel to Silicon Valley to uncover the mastermind that used a state-of-the-art drone to commit a workplace shooting.|
|"Blue Angel"||October 11, 2017||Christopher Barbour||Sharat Raju||4||281|
|The BAU is sent to Detroit to help locate an unsub attacking successful businessmen.|
|"The Bunker"||November 8, 2017||Karen Maser||Aisha Tyler||5||282|
|The BAU work to determine similarities between multiple missing women in the hopes of finding their kidnapper.|
|"Lucky Strikes"||October 25, 2017||James T. Clemente||Tawnia McKiernan||6||283|
|Derek Morgan drops by the BAU to help comfort Garcia when a case brings back memories of a case from her past.|
|"Dust and Bones"||November 15, 2017||Erica Meredith||Marcus Stokes||7||284|
|The BAU travels to Austin, Texas to search for an unsub that is hunting down highly respected community members.|
|"Neon Terror"||November 22, 2017||Erik Stiller||Bethany Rooney||8||285|
|The BAU travels to Miami to stop an unsub who gives footage of his crimes to the media.|
|"False Flag"||December 6, 2017||Breen Frazier||Joe Mantegna||9||286|
|The BAU travels to Roswell, New Mexico to find an unsub who killed two people belonging to the same conspiracy group.|
|"Submerged"||January 3, 2018||Bruce Zimmerman||Rob Bailey||10||287|
|The BAU searches for an unsub responsible for multiple backyard pool homicides.|
|"Full-Tilt Boogie"||January 10, 2018||Erica Messer and Kirsten Vangsness||Simon Mirren||11||288|
|When the wife of a small town's police chief is almost murdered, the BAU travels to Virginia and uncovers multiple disturbing secrets.|
|"Bad Moon on the Rise"||January 17, 2018||Karen Maser||Christoph Schrewe||12||289|
|When brutal casualties are reported in New York, the BAU is called to investigate.|
|"Cure"||January 24, 2018||Christopher Barbour||Glenn Kershaw||13||290|
|The BAU travels to Washington D.C. to uncover the meaning behind a series of messages left in the mouths of multiple murder victims.|
|"Miasma"||January 31, 2018||Erica Meredith||Leon Ichaso||14||291|
|The BAU travels to New Orleans to find the unsub responsible for filling a recently-discovered mass grave in a local cemetery.|
|"Annihilator"||March 7, 2018||Erik Stiller||Rob Bailey||15||292|
|Assistant Chief Linda Barnes joins the BAU in investigating a quadruple homicide in St. Louis.|
|"Last Gasp"||March 14, 2018||Stephanie SenGupta||Adam Rodriguez||16||293|
|"The Capilano's"||March 21, 2018||Erica Messer||Matthew Gray Gubler||17||294|
|"The Dance of Love"||---||---||Joe Mantegna||18||295|
|"All You Can Eat"||---||Karen Maser||Diana Valentine||20||297|
|"Mixed Signals"||---||Erica Meredith and Erik Stiller||Alec Smight||21||298|
|"---"||April 25, 2018||---||---||22||299|
The season will begin where the previous season left off, showing the results of Peter Lewis' vehicular attack on the BAU. Both Kirsten Vangsness and Daniel Henney confirmed that a member of the team will be abducted from the crash site and Garcia will contact Matthew Simmons to help with the aftermath of Peter's attack.
On June 12, 2017, it was announced that Damon Gupton will not reprise his role as Stephen Walker for this season due to being fired by CBS after one season. Eight days later, it was announced that Daniel Henney will be filling in the void left by Gupton, reprising his role as Matthew Simmons from the recently canceled spin-off series Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.
In August 2017, Kelly Frye, the actress who portrayed Matthew Simmons' wife Kristy in Beyond Borders, announced via Twitter that she would reprise her role in the original series this season, beginning with the fourth episode. The couple's sons, David and Jake, portrayed by child actors Declan Whaley and Ezra Dewey respectively, will also return this season as recurring characters, also starting with the fourth episode.
Erica Messer confirmed that Jamie Kennedy, who portrayed cannibalistic serial killer Floyd Feylinn Ferell in the Season Three episode Lucky, will reprise his role in the sixth episode, which will have a heavy impact on the stories and emotions of several characters.
Matthew Gray Gubler will direct an episode for the season, which will revolve around clowns. Also, Aisha Tyler will direct the season's fifth episode. On September 27, Kirsten Vangsness announced that Adam Rodriguez would also direct an episode this season.
On October 12, 2017, it was announced that Shemar Moore will reprise his role as Derek Morgan in the sixth episode of Season Thirteen. In this episode, he will be helping Penelope Garcia persevere through a case that has emotionally affected her.
On January 16, 2018, it was announced that Days of our Lives veteran Drake Hogestyn is set to guest-star on an upcoming episode in an "elite" role as Senator Richards, who is described as a "powerful congressman and part of the D.C. elite."