Criminal Minds Season 12 has not fared well. Fans had already dropped off at the end of last season due to Shemar Moore's decision to walk away, but the decision by CBS and ABC to fire Thomas Gibson has led to a complete boycott. Now the addition of another new face has started yet another round of angry posts from fans.
Criminal Minds has faced a boycott, as fans continually tweet #StillMissingHotch and #NoHotchNoWatch for Season 12. The boycott is all in support of Gibson, who many fans feel was removed unfairly from the show. What the fans didn't realize was that a new character would be introduced that some viewers consider a replacement.
The replacement happened in the midseason finale on December 7. Prentiss told her team that the BAU needed help in dealing with Mr. Scratch, the man who is currently targeting Hotch and his son Jack, meaning the two have gone into hiding and Hotch has left the BAU behind. She decided to call in a favor from her Interpol connections, and that is where the new character has been thrown into the mix. It's time to meet SSA Stephen Walker.