As seen in the exclusive photo above, “We meet Adam’s character, Luke Alvez, in the field doing what he does, which is be a team leader on the [FBI] Fugitive Task Force,” showrunner Erica Messer tells TVLine. “He ends up having this great action-y scene, where you really get to see him shine.”
Having thus far helped round up eight of the 13 serial killers who escaped in the May finale, Alvez is invited by Rossi to join the BAU full-time — “and he’s like, ‘I’m more about the chase. I don’t know if I can sit around and talk about it,'” Messer previews. “But by the end of the first episode he’s like, ‘All right, I’m in!'”
Rodriguez’s arrival as Alvez is but one of several Season 12 changes for Criminal Minds. Paget Brewster is set to return for multiple episodes as Emily Prentiss and Aisha Tyler has been promoted to series regular as Dr. Tara Lewis, while Thomas Gibson’s 11-season run as Aaron Hotchner is slated to end early in the fall.