'The Mentalist': Were the character-deaths last night game-changers for the series?

This season, The Mentalist has done two things simultaneously. It's increased the degree of personal relationships among the regular characters, and it's sharpened and refocused Simon Baker's Patrick Jane - made him more intent than ever on solving crimes and, ultimately, getting his ultimate goal: the capture (and death?) of serial-killer Red John.

Last night - and if the headline above didn't tip you off enough, here ya go: SPOILER ALERT, DON'T READ IF YOU DIDN'T WATCH LAST NIGHT! - we saw the deaths of a few characters, one of whom had been crucial to the season thus far.I had really enjoyed Terry Kinney's guest run as Bosco, the slobbo cop with a bristly goatee and an even more bristly temper. The role could have been an ordinary grumpy-but-good police role, but Kinney took it up a notch with the way his wounded eyes belied his toughness, and the way his querulous line-readings made his sarcasm and combativeness less rude than intriguing.

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Nov 20, 2009 4:43PM EST

Yes I think that last nights death were game changers. I think its Red John's way of say that he wants our favorite team on the case and of course they are going to be put back on it.

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