There have been five wonderful Criminal Minds' seasons. Five seasons that have seen members of the BAU leave for one reason or another. Five seasons have also seen the arrival of new members that have gained the love and hearts of the fans. But in five seasons Criminal Minds has not seen a night like tonight. The amount of collective sadness in the fandom tonight is impressive. Tonight we ceased to be Hotch, Prentiss, Rossi, Reid, Morgan or Garcia fans. Tonight all Criminal Minds fans were JJ fans. And all Criminal Minds fans had the kleenex box ready for her exit. To say that AJ Cook's unwilling departure from the show is a big loss for Criminal Minds would be an understatement. There are no words, there is not much comfort, there is just sadness. Sadness that it has come this far, that the day we've all dreaded is here. Sadness that next week JJ won't be presenting the team with a new case. Just sadness.
AJ Cook, you are gifted with a lot of talent and the Knights and Ladies of the Criminal Minds Round Table bow to your incredible grace. Somehow, to say that we will miss you and that Criminal Minds won't be the same without you doesn't seem enough. We wish you the absolute very best and thank the fates for the privilege to have had you on our favorite show.
Erica Messer, you were, as always, brilliant. Hats off for the subtleties and the respect you have shown JJ.