Thomas Gibson Sparks ‘Criminal Minds: Evolution’ Appearance Speculation

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Felony Minds followers have been ready for Aaron Hotchner to seem within the Evolution spinoff collection — and Thomas Gibson seemingly simply gave them extra hope of a return.

Gibson, 61, lately took to social media to share an Instagram photograph of him on strike with SAG-AFTRA and WGA members. “Strolling the road with scribe extraordinaire Andrew Wilder #sagaftrastrong #wgastrong #unionstrong 🪧👊✊,” he captioned the photograph of him and Wilder, 42, who was beforehand a producer and author on Felony Minds.

Followers rapidly took to the feedback part to voice their theories about Gibson returning in Felony Minds: Evolution. “Andrew was a wonderful author on CM. Thomas, he handled Hotch effectively on the present. I miss each of you. The two of you should do one thing collectively once more,” a follower wrote.

In the meantime, one other social media consumer used Twitter to share a petition requesting Gibson make an look within the spinoff collection. The web page, which was created in June 2021, has already acquired 832 signatures and is aiming to succeed in a purpose of 1,000.

Why Fans Are Campaigning for Thomas Gibson to Appear in 'Criminal Minds: Evolution'

Thomas Gibson, Felony Minds.

Gibson grew to become a fan favourite throughout his decade-long run as Aaron Hotchner within the unique Felony Minds present. He was initially let go for 2 weeks from the CBS collection in 2016 after he reportedly kicked present author Virgil Williams within the leg whereas they have been arguing about an episode that Gibson was directing.

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“There have been inventive variations on the set and a disagreement,” Gibson mentioned in an announcement on the time. “I remorse that it occurred. All of us need to work collectively as a crew to make one of the best present potential. We all the time have and all the time will.”

That very same month, Gibson addressed the information of his firing, telling Us Weekly, “I like Felony Minds and have put my coronary heart and soul into it for the final 12 years. I had hoped to see it by to the top, however that received’t be potential now. I’d identical to to say thanks to the writers, producers, actors, our wonderful crew and, most significantly, one of the best followers {that a} present might ever hope to have.”

Gibson later broke down the interplay between him and Williams.

“We have been taking pictures a scene late one evening once I went to Virgil and informed him there was a line that I believed contradicted an earlier line. He mentioned, ‘Sorry, it’s obligatory, and I completely need to have it,’” the actor informed Individuals in 2016. “He got here into that room and began coming in the direction of me. As he brushed previous me, my foot got here up and tapped him on the leg. If I hadn’t moved, he would have run into me. We had some selection phrases, for which I apologized the following day, and that was it. It was over. We shot the scene, I went dwelling — and I by no means obtained to return.”

Why Fans Are Campaigning for Thomas Gibson to Appear in 'Criminal Minds: Evolution'
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Gibson’s final episode on the police procedural the place he performed the unit chief aired later that yr. He has since finished voiceover work for the 2017 movie Axis earlier than scoring a lead position within the short-lived collection Shadow Wolves.

In the meantime, Felony Minds continued to air new episodes till 2020 when it was revived by Paramount+ two years later. Felony Minds: Evolution at present stars collection OGs Joe Mantegna, A. J. Prepare dinner, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez and Paget Brewster.