In “Devil’s Backbone,” after the guards at a Virginia prison intercept a package with evidence relating to the years-ago kidnapping of two boys, the BAU questions a notorious serial killer from back in Gideon’s day, Fisher’s Antonia Slade, who may have information on the lads’ whereabouts.
Among Slade’s past trespasses, she and her husband had set up a runaway hotline for teens… only to severely, severely punish those who didn’t behave. Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer has touted the episode as a “very interesting” and “creepy”/”psychological” story written by Sharon Lee Watson and directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá.
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Can Hotch get Slade to open up? (What was it that Rose said to Jack — “If you talk, I talk”?) Press play above to see how the face-off starts off.