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The Mentalist Season 6: What We Hope to See

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September 29th feels like it's a long way off. Mostly because it is. And as much as we enjoy summer, the cool breezes of autumn and our favorite shows returning with new episodes weigh heavy on our minds.

So since we have to wait another 80-plus days for the season premiere of The Mentalist, we decided to make a list.

Read on, TV Fanatics, and see if our hopes and dreams for The Mentalist Season 6 match yours. Vote for what you'd most like to see happen come fall and don't forget to share your thoughts and add anything we've missed in the comments below.

Jane's Wild West

Our Mentalist Season 6 Wish List:

The Big Reveal. Yes, we finally want to know Red John's true identity. It's been five seasons. It's about time we know.

A Love Interest for Cho. One that doesn't involve a hooker, a junkie, or any other type of criminal. Someone worthy of the character we've grown to love.

More Rigsby and Van Pelt. It took a long time for these two to find their way back to one another. We're hoping to see this couple stay happy for a while.

Jisbon. That's the shipper name for Jane and Lisbon for those not in the know. A Jane / Lisbon pairing has been hinted at and teased for five seasons. It's included an I love you from Patrick that he later side stepped and many doe eyed looks for Teresa. It's about time these two had an honest conversation about how they feel for one another.

A Kiss. For those of us who don't care about the talking and want a little more action, a real kiss between this dynamic duo would make us cheer.

Casual Time. Wouldn't it be great to see the entire team spend a little more time outside the CBI?

Real Danger for Our Core Team. Show creator Bruno Heller promised that Red John will be targeting closer to home this season. We're hoping that means RJ will go after someone on Jane's immediate team. Not that we want to see Lisbon, Cho, Rigsby, or Van Pelt die at the hands of the merciless serial killer…but having one of them in serious peril will have us glued to the screen.

YOUR turn: Pick the story you're most hoping for on The Mentalist Season 6...

 

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Oh my, oh my!Is like he has written his will!!!Already makes me cry,is like he's saying good-bye to us!!NOOOOO!!!! But I can't wait for this season, I'm like a little child waiting to unwrap the Christmas present!!!!

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Each cast member is especially enthusiastic for this season, and all have challenging and interesting scenes and stories to develop. From the episodes we’ve shot so far, I can tell you this, all the actors are giving some of their best performances of the series to date.

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with an exciting cliffhanger. Stories are moving at a faster pace as the search for Red John heats up. Normally the timeline between episodes can be several weeks to months, but in these early episodes, the timeline is cut down to only a couple weeks. Drama and emotions will be running at a fever pitch. For the season premiere, we took a field trip to The Salton Sea, a remote lake surrounded by desert in California, to shoot the out of town case. The Salton Sea, for those who’ve never been, is brutally hot with flies everywhere… far away from the glam and glitz in Hollywood. You can usually find us shooting in the pristine environment of the Warner Brothers lot, here in beautiful downtown Burbank. Needless to say, this was a very exhausting shooting day for the entire cast and crew. But, as you’ll see, the finished product was well worth the sweat and tears! Each cast member is especially enthusiastic for this season, and all have challenging and interesting scenes and stories to develop. From the episodes we’ve shot so far, I can tell you this, all the actors are giving some of their best performances of the series to date.

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Heller's blog:
'Let me start by saying thank you to all of our fans who are a large part of why we’ve made it to Season 6. And this season will definitely be the most exciting thus far for you, as we wrap up the Red John storyline. You’ll definitely want to tune in because we’re bringing out all the bells and whistles for the final hunt of Red John. This first episode of this season was exciting to write and shoot mainly because we were able to move the story along in a concrete way. This episode is also the beginning of the end of the Red John story, which will play out in a series of fast-paced, nail-biting episodes. The end of the Red John story made writing and shooting this episode that much more exhilarating because we are able to connect each episode as if it were a giant jigsaw puzzle. Every episode from here on is particularly important to piecing this puzzle together – so you won’t want to miss any of them. Episodes this season are built on each other, each with an exciting cliffhanger. Stories are moving at a faster pace as the search for Red John heats up. Normally the timeline between episodes can be several weeks to months, but in these early episodes, the timeline is cut down to only a couple weeks. Drama and emotions will be running at a fever pitch. For the season premiere, we took a field trip to The Salton Sea, a remote lake surrounded by desert in California, to shoot the out of town case. The Salton Sea, for those who’ve never been, is brutally hot with flies everywhere… far away from the glam and glitz in Hollywood. You can usually find us shooting in the pristine environment of the Warner Brothers lot, here in beautiful downtown Burbank. Needless to say, this was a very exhausting shooting day for the entire cast and crew. But, as you’ll see, the finished product was well worth the sweat and tears! Each cast member is especially enthusiastic for this season, and all have challenging and interesting scenes and stories to develop. From the episodes we’ve shot so far, I can tell you this, all the actors are giving some of their best performances of the series to date.

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Yeah, I'm leaning toward half-sibling too. Makes the most sense so far. I expect much of S6 will deal with Jane's back story.Has too. The plot makes no sense without it. The story arc is bending that way. We have been promised that RJ will be killed (Heller: "The audience wants to see the harpoons go in.") But the global enterprise will survive because it's too big to fail. What effect have pedophile clergy had on bringing down a global religious enterprise? Zero. It's the way the world works. The world is full of minions. Jane will carve out a small oasis of peace for himself and, certainly, with Lisbon, as he moves forward after killing Red John, but evil will go on, as in real life, supported by minions who think they are doing good. Thinking takes effort. Going against the "minion"grain takes courage. It's easier to be a mark and cheerfully take the false hope so easily sold. (Not in an optimistic mood today. Sorry.)

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I'm still leaning in the direction of a half sibling. I hope we will be shown Patrick's backstory, to include his mother....is she alive? If not, how or when did she die. One thing that continues to mystify me.....if RJ is really a corrupt organization, just how in heck is it going to be brought down. There doesn't seem to be very many people in the CBI that haven't been tainted.....so far as we have been shown. How would Lisbon and Jane be able to take on this organization? I see La Rouche (sp) as a friend, but
Not many others. Whoever it is seems to have a lot of influence over a lot of people. How do you beat that? Also, even if RJ is flushed out and arrested, who will rout out the minions? Just too much to figure out. One thing I am sure of....pretty much nothing is by chance in this series. There are, I am sure, many many clues if we just know where to look.

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I'm wondering if Jane's reading material is significant. In Red & Itchy (I think) he's reading a Tale of Two Cities - two men who look alike ("Jane and RJ are alike"), one takes the other's identity and sacrifices himself to save the other. He reads Carl Junge's philosophy - the Universal Consciousness of humanity, is drawn to the ocean, throws a flower in it for his family as camera shows him a tiny figure walking away while camera pans up to fill screen with boundless ocean, where life began and that connects all of us. Reads William Blake poems about good and evil as two sides of coin; watches PBS nature shows about predatory and prey, both necessary for balance of nature. What I get from this is that the ending will be wrapped in a lot of philosophy, NOT a tiresome SWAT invasion and shootout as is typical of other shows. I expect a dramatic, somewhat violent but thought provoking unforgettable ending.

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Great comments and analyses! Here's my take: 1. There is definitely something deep in Jane's and RJ's past to keep this cat and mouse game going. 2. My entire family loves Bloody Marys. For Jane and Kirkland, it's a reminder of a bloody event that reinforces their determination. 3. Kirkland does not want to arrest or kill RJ or he would not have killed Lennon, his best chance to do that; thus, Kirkland has to be either RJ or an RJ minion - OR Kirkland may know who RJ is but has his own plan for him. 4. Kirkland was desperate to know if Lennon recognized him. Has Lennon seen minion Kirkland hob-nobbing with RJ - very bad for his HLS cover - OR did Lennon recognize Kirkland as RJ but deny it? Why? Hypnosis. 5. Kirkland/RJ may have hypnotized key contact people to not recognize him in any public context and needed to know if that still worked. Killing Lennon ensured that Jane would not undo the hypnosis. Lots of options.

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I have been looking for clues as Heller has suggested. In the episode Red in the claw and tooth Director Bertram is wearing a wedding band! He's married! Don't think he has time to have a Red
John kind of schedule. He may even have children. He can be ruled out for sure. Red John hates women. Can't see Bertram working as a director and having a wife, raping and murdering without being found out. Plus Brenda S. would have known about it.

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@Creamy, ok, all that being true, the craziness and all that, there is still a perceived value here. One that does not make any sense. It seems to be more then psychological, even in the most extreme sense. For Jane to be this valuable and important means there is something else happening. There appears to be a form of jealousy that presents itself, along with competition and a need for recognition by Red John from Jane. The need to have this from someone you have practically destroyed already is like holding your little brother or sister down on the ground and making say what you want them to say before you let them go. Like arm twisting, say it and I'll let you go. Don't say it and see what you get! This is just being done on a larger scale. I can't wait to find out what else is behind all this besides psychosis.

The Mentalist Quotes

As they say, you can take the girl out of Chicago but you can't take the Chicago out of the girl.

Jane

I love Lisbon and I'm taking you to the real police and they're going to lock you up for the rest of your life.

Jane