Aaron Hotchner is a fictional character from the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds, portrayed by Thomas Gibson.
He is a Supervisory Special Agent and the unit chief of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit, and has appeared from the series' pilot episode "Extreme Aggressor", which was originally broadcast on September 22, 2005.
by his side, Reid goes to see Cat Adams in prison, she, in partnership with Lindsey Vaughan, who were the ones who orchestrated everything that happened to him in Mexico, including his incarceration, with Lindsey now holding Diana hostage somewhere unknown.
Although some may disagree, to me, Season 12 has been patchy and inconsistent but turned out better than expected.
The overall season had its faults, such as Garcia's too hostile treatment of Alvez, Hotch going due to Thomas Gibson's controversial firing, the mostly bland character of Stephen Walker, some episodes suffering from a lack of balance in who and what to focus on resulting in a few cases not registering and team members being underused and despite starting off so promisingly Reid in prison got far too dragged out over the season, did start running out of ideas and not helped by the character of Wilkins and his gratuitously and up to now unexplained cruel treatment of Reid.
In its favour, the season has also featured the touchingly done subplot between Reid and his mother, the welcome return of Emily Prentiss, masterclass acting from Matthew Gray Gubler in quite a few episodes of the series, Alvez fitting in surprisingly nicely (considering the show's track record of new characters), "Mirror Image" being one of the few times where Lewis and Aisha Tyler's acting making a positive impression, the first three Reid in prison episodes being harrowing, shocking and poignant and some brilliant team interaction.
Although there were disappointments in Season 12, such as "True North", "The Anti-Terror Squad", "Hell's Kitchen" and "Taboo", most of Season 12's episodes have ranged from above average to good.
—Marsha Ausiello: This much you probably know: With Gibbs having been shot, “The premiere picks up right at that moment, and [guest star] Jon Cryer is coming in to do his darnedest to save Gibbs’ life,” Brian Dietzen shared with Matt Mitovich.