he upcoming episodes of "Criminal Minds" season 12 will continue to feature Matthew Gray Gubler's Spencer Reid who was accused of being a murderer. The story arc of the current installment promptly shifted to Reid's favor. However, even with Reid becoming the new ace of the show, reports claim that the ratings he record still cannot level to Thomas Gibson's lead.
Fans will get the chance to how fate works on Dr. Reid until "Criminal Minds" season 12 closes its curtains. Reid still remains locked up in jail, and the synopsis of the next episode says that he will finally adjust to his new surroundings. Fan theories believe that the surroundings are in reference to his prison cell, hence Reid will still be seen behind the bars. There is a speculation though that accepting his current situation might benefit him as he tries to think of ways to prove his innocence.
Meanwhile, the BAU team will investigate on a new case involving young men and women being disfigured through acid attacks. Further details about the new UnSub were not revealed as Reid reportedly remains as the center of the episode.
Meanwhile, talks about Gubler leaving the show are still rampant. The actor has long been speculated to flee "Criminal Minds" which fans believe might hurt the series. The show has already lost a significant fraction of its viewers when lead actor Thomas Gibson has been fired due to an altercation with Virgil Williams. Following his termination was a boycott from the fans which still reflects on the currently lower ratings of the show.
"Criminal Minds season 11 starring Gibson, Gubler and Shemar Moore, who also already left the show, recorded over nine million viewers with over two million taken from young adult viewers. Season 12 is recording lower numbers with over seven million total viewers and only over one million young adult audience were left to follow the show.
Gubler has then been rumored to leave the series, and the show making him the focus is a way to send off his character properly. These talks remain to be unconfirmed, although they have already been floating around the air since last year.
"Criminal Minds" season 12 is now featuring Reid's bout with a murder case that he is sure he did not do. He was searching for a cure for her mother in Mexico but ended getting involved with Rosa Medina's murder. Reid remains a suspect, but his BAU team is already finding ways to get him off the prison. There are rumors that he will be freed soon, but there are also theories that he might die trying.
"Criminal Minds: Alpha Male" will air on Wednesday, March 1 on CBS.