After three seasons it may be perhaps last season's boldest finale. The Mentalist's Patrick Jane finally came face-to-face with the man he believed to be Red John guest-star Bradley Whitford, the serial killer who killed Jane's wife and daughter. The two had a long, intense conversation as Jane tried to confirm that he was indeed in the presence of his nemesis. Once he did just that, Jane took his vengeance, shooting the man in broad daylight and surrendering himself to the authorities that came charging in.
Simon Baker talks about The Mentalist's shocking season finale.But did he really kill Red John? And if so, what does that mean for both Jane's future and the show's long-term goals? TVGuide.com chatted with creator and executive producer Bruno Heller to get the answers.
Bruno Heller: I was very pleased. Bradley Whitford is a fine actor and gave a nice, creepy, solid performance. I hope the audience out there was pleased with it. Certainly, it throws a big stone in the pond. Coming into this period in the show, you want to shake things up a little.