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Exclusive First Look Photo: Is The Mentalist Staring Down Red John?

The Mentalist wastes no time, people.

Patrick Jane will face off with more than half of the Red John suspect in the second episode of the CBS drama’s sixth season (premiering Sept. 29), and TVLine has a first look at one momentous meet-up.

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In this first look photo from the episode “Black-Winged Redbird,” Jane sizes up (from left to right) CBI director Gale Bertram (played by Michael Gaston), Sheriff Thomas McAllister (Xander Berkeley) and G-man Reede Smith (Drew Powell) — three of the names that were on the very short list revealed at the close of Season 5.

CBI agent Raymond Haffner (played by Reed Diamond) also appears in the episode. Check out the photo then read on for more, and vote.

Black-Winged Redbird

Photo credit: Colleen Hayes/Warner Bros.

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Will Jane cross all of the above off his list, leaving just Bret Stiles, Bob Kirkland and Brett Partridge as possi-Johns? As previously reported, The Mentalist will reveal Jane’s longtime tormenter this season, and sooner rather than later. “It’s less like ‘Seven little Indians’ and more like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” show boss Bruno Heller told us of the manhunt. “Some of [the seven] will knocked out as suspects early on, others will remain.”