'Criminal Minds' Finale Inspires Mixed Reactions

A week after Criminal Minds' fifth season closed, fans are somewhat divided over the finale. Some decried the lack of any major event or cliffhanger, while others enjoyed the change of attack.

We reported previously that even newly trimmed Matthew Gray Gubler agreed that the season 5 finale of Minds didn't measure up to the crazy closers the show's had in the past, and executive producer Erica Messer conceded that it didn't "end with as many question marks" as the past two seasons.

"We can't do that little trick again unless we're going to actually kill someone," Messer said. For Gubler, it's more of a choice to veer away from the usual Minds ending.

"Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think you even get the impression that Morgan's going to die. I think it's more like, 'What is Morgan going to do?' We pull a MacGyver cliff-hanger."

The more passionate of the show's legion of viewers, as they posted on the show's official Facebook page, want Minds to go back to its psychology focus instead of turning into another crime drama.

On the other hand, those who loved the episode noted guest star Tim Curry's outstandingly creepy portrayal of the killer and the fantastic case.

What did you think of the finale?

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Jun 10, 2010 10:06AM EDT

I am a criminal minds die hard fan and the show's last episode was very weak. Shemar Moore is so outrageously gorgeous and a fine actor (I might add).But the whole cast of Criminal Minds has a very fine acting ensemble. Each week I am sitting at the edge of my seat while our group of flawed but dedicated profilers match wits with these deranged killers.It is a blast watching most weeks but I was really disappointed with this particular ending.I love the cliffhangers especially the one with Agent Hotchner(is is so totally a hunk too)getting shot.Each member melds so perfectly with one another you would really think they were actually profilers. I love the show !!

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