The Mentalist kicks off its 6th season by jumping straight back into Patrick Jane’s investigation for the true identity of Red John. Last season’s finally left viewers on the edge of their seats, as it was revealed that Jane had narrowed the list of suspects to the following 7 characters: Bret Stiles, Gale Bertram, Ray Haffner, Reede Smith, Robert Kirkland, Sheriff Thomas McCallister and Brett Partridge.
These men are people we’ve seen throughout the five seasons so far and, let’s be honest, they’ve all been on our own personal list of prime suspects. However, Executive Producer Bruno Heller has confirmed that this is the season fans of the The Mentalist will find out the true identity of the serial killer.
CBS has released the synopsis for the season 6 premiere entitled “The Desert Rose”: “Jane and Lisbon secretly continue their dangerous mission to narrow down the list of seven Red John suspects as they investigate the murder of a man who was missing for two years, on the sixth season premiere. Michael Gaston returns as CBI Director Gale Bertram. Josie Davis guest stars as Sonya, a waitress at a truck stop, and Lauren Stamile (“Grey’s Anatomy”) guest stars as Madison Yardley, the murder victim’s wife.”
Personally, as a fan of the show I’m pleased to see that the season begins with Jane and Lisbon working together to find Red John. While I can see why Jane was so secretive about his investigations toward the end of last season, it was somewhat frustrating to see him leave Lisbon out of the picture. I understand that Jane was trying to protect his partner, as Lisbon worked closely with more than a few of his prime suspects, but it still seemed slightly ridiculous that he had not yet learned that he and the CBI agent work far better together than apart.
Watch a preview below and Click the link to browse through promo pictures for the premiere and be sure to watch CBS on September 30th for the Season 6 premiere of The Mentalist.