“All of our fans who’ve been watching for 10 years, all of us who’ve been working here 10 years and the actors who’ve been living these characters for 10 years — it was like, ‘Let’s give them some real drama,'” she continued. “When it hits home, it doesn’t get more real than that.”  

Though Gideon never did physically return to the BAU for further closure on his exit, the original character was given a send-off of sorts on the series finale. 

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