‘The Mentalist’ was so focused on Jane’s mission – so what will happen next on the series?
TV Guide journalist Michael Logan spoke with Simon Baker about what to expect from the popular crime series.
On the choice to make the death of ‘Red John’ so ‘low key,’ Baker said,
‘It just had to be the two of them. It was almost like a love scene, as perverse as that sounds. The end of Red John was originally planned to take place at night on the street with people watching, but I pushed to do it in a quiet, beautiful place where they could be alone. There is no human act more intimate — not even sex — than killing another human being with your bare hands and watching him die. It is really subversive for a network series. The risk is huge.’
As for ridding the show of such a key element, Baker said,
‘You feel an incredible intensity when, in one fell swoop, you're killing the arch nemesis of your series and, in a way, the series itself. In order to reboot this show, we have to kill off its most important element — Patrick Jane's very reason for being — and that's risky. The adrenalin was strange. After we shot Red John's death, we all took a collective moment, had a glass of champagne and marked it, because the event was so huge.’
On what’s coming up next for his character, Baker shared,
‘We're going to have some fun putting Jane into an entirely different work environment. He'll not only find his spark again — he'll have a whole lot of new people to rub the wrong way! I think we have a lot more miles to go. But you know what? We've had great times. I've invested so much of myself in this show and developed relationships with people I've genuinely come to love. It's been really, really fantastic — so much so that, if the thing finished tomorrow, I would walk away happy. I would walk away proud.’
Read the entire interview here.
‘The Mentalist’ airs Sunday nights at 10pm on Detroit’s local CBS affiliate WWJ.