Criminal Minds Damon Gupton

Criminal Minds: New Series Regular Cast in Wake of Thomas Gibson's Exit

Criminal Minds‘ Season 12 cast evolution continues with the addition of Damon Gupton in a series regular role.

TVLine has learned that Gupton will be introduced in this season’s eighth episode as Special Agent Stephen Walker, a seasoned profiler from the Behavioral Analysis Program (the counterintelligence division of the FBI) who will bring his spy-hunting skills to the BAU.

“Our BAU family is growing,” Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer said in a statement. “We’re excited to have Damon join the show and work alongside our amazing cast and crew.”

Gupton’s TV credits include Bates Motel, The Player, Empire and Amazon’s upcoming Goliath.

Gupton’s casting comes amidst a season that added Adam Rodriguez as a series regular (to fill the void left by Shemar Moore’s March exit), found original cast member Thomas Gibson fired in the wake of an on-set altercation, and promoted Paget Brewster, who was already returning for a short arc as Emily Prenttiss, to series regular status.

CBS’ Criminal Minds airs Wednesday at 9/8c.