"The Crimson King" is the first episode, and season premiere, of Season Twelve of Criminal Minds.


Agent Luke Alvez joins the BAU team as they are tasked with capturing a serial killer in Tempe, Arizona, who escaped from prison with twelve other convicts.

Guest Cast


  • "Midnight Train" by Escondido

Bookend Quotes

  • David Rossi: "Anger's my meat. I sup upon myself and so shall starve with feeding." William Shakespeare
  • Aaron Hotchner: "The evil that men do lives after them. The good is oft interred with their bones." William Shakespeare


  • The character of Officer Chet Dewey was partially named after an assistant of showrunner and episode writer Breen Frazier.[1]



Criminal Minds Episodes

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