Matthew Gray Gubler is hopeful Criminal Minds could return for an encore

He says there are "roots" for the hit US series to "re-hatch later" **CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR SERIES 15**

LOS ANGELES - JULY 18:

We’ve got good news and bad for you. The bad: US police drama Criminal Minds has now aired the last episode of its fifteenth and final season in the States. The good: it’s still airing here in the UK, and it might come back for an encore show.

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At least, that’s what’s been suggested by original cast member Matthew Gray Gubler, who played Dr Spencer Reid. Speaking about the end of the drama, he recently implied the story could be picked up again in the future.

**MAJOR SPOILERS FOR SERIES 15 FINALE FOLLOW*

“I know that everything has its time and I’m in no way sad that the show is closing, because I feel like we’ve done it beautifully, and I feel like there are roots there for it to re-hatch later,” he told TV Line.

“I kind of liken it to if you go to a concert, at a certain point the band has to leave the stage in order to have an encore. It’s just the natural progression.”

Exactly what plot lines could be resurrected, however, is unclear, with the show finishing with a pretty conclusive bang. Not only did the finale see the BAU finally hunt down The Chameleon – a serial killer with a penchant for cutting off his victim’s faces ­– but their trusty jet was finally destroyed after a final gunfight.

And that’s before we mention David Rossi (Joe Mantegna) finally retiring and Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) exiting the department for a new job.

But whatever does – or doesn’t – happen next, it’s nice to know the cast and crew will still stay in touch with one another. “I’ll miss the crew, and the cast, and everybody,” said Gubler. “But luckily I talk to them probably more now that the show is over.”

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Criminal Minds is on Sky Witness on Monday at 9pm