Criminal Minds Spoilers: Gideon Returns… But There’s A Twist

Gideon might be returning to Criminal Minds, but that doesn’t mean Mandy Patinkin is. reports that Ben Savage will play a younger version of Mandy Patinkin’s famous character on the series in a series of flashbacks.

Gideon will return in the show’s 13th episode this season. The episode is co-written by showrunner Erica Messer and Kirsten Vangsness and is described as a “love letter” to longtime fans of the series. It will feature flashbacks to the early days of the BAU in the 70’s where a young Gideon and Rossi started. A new case forces Rossi to revisit his past and Robert Dunne will also reprise his role as a young Rossi from Season 8.

The episode will air in January.

Here’s our interview with Kirsten Vangsness: