When Criminal Minds returns for season 7 in a few weeks they will be bringing back Prentiss (Emily Brewster) and JJ (AJ Cook); two characters who were cut from last year's cast much to the horror of a large part of the audience. Thankfully this dissatisfaction from viewers was heard loud and clear and both women will return as regulars for season 7. Now we have a look at their return in the Criminal Minds season 7 premiere "It Take a Village."
The first episode focuses on the BAU team and a serious matter that could tear them apart. They have to face a Senate Committee that features Desperate Housewives and Mad Men star Mark Moses to explain their actions after the loss of Prentiss. It appears that Prentiss has to resurface to protect the team that protected her and the promo photo below shows her taking part in these proceedings alongside Hotch (Thomas Gibson). It looks like there will be both personal and professional complications with Prentiss' return as they pursue the terrorists who led to her faking her own death. Executive producer Erica Messer told TV Guide that the ramifications of being dead to the world hits home when Prentiss sees her photograph amidst other fallen agents: