Is one of the most talked-about American series “The Mentalist” back for season 8? Or is it cancelled? The “Pilot” episode of “The Mentalist” aired on 23rd September 2008. And continued for a long time, telecasting 7 seasons with 151 episodes in total. The running time of each episode varied from 40 – 50 minutes. The last episode of season 7 “White Orchids” aired on 18th February 2015. For these 9 years, the audience loved “The Mentalist” and eagerly waited for season 8.
The Mentalist Plot so far
The Mentalist is a drama/thriller series based on the life of a “physic” Patrick Jane (Simon Baker), an independent CBI consultant, who uses his physic medium abilities to help CBI agents solve murders in Sacramento, California. However, the main plot focuses on Patrick Jane’s involvement in CBI to investigate and track Red John who murdered Jane’s wife, Angela Ruskin Jane, as well as his daughter, Charlotte Anne Jane.
Throughout seasons four to six, the focus switches from general cases to catching the serial killer Red John as well as Red John copycats. The Red John mystery is closed in the midway of season six when the FBI steps in to shut the CBI, and the show takes on a new path for the remaining one and a half seasons, with an introduction of some new faces.
The producer of The Mentalist, Bruno Heller, wanted to make something different and prove himself in the Hollywood industry. CBS, also, wanted a show that would compliment NCIS and Heller delivered exactly what the CBS network wanted. The protagonist is described by Bruno Heller as a blend of Sherlock Holmes and a street psychic, part investigator assisting people and part scam artist peddling lies.
The Mentalist Cast
Simon Baker as Patrick Jane – The show’s protagonist and the independent consultant with physic medium abilities.
Xander Berkeley as Red John – The show’s antagonist and serial killer who killed Jane’s family and many other people in the show.
FBI Special Agents Team – Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney), Kimball Cho (Tim Kang), Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman), Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti), Dennis Abbott (Rockmond Dunbar), Kim Fischer (Emily Swallow), Jason Wylie (Joe Adler), Michelle Vega (Josie Loren).
The recurring cast included Gregory Itzin, Aunjanue Ellis, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Michael Rady, Michael Gaston, Kevin Corrigan, and many more.
The Mentalist Season 7 Ending Explained
The Mentalist Season 7 ended with the note of Jane proposing to Lisbon for marriage and Lisbon accepting his proposal. Later in the last episode, Abbott offers one of his homes to Jane for conducting the wedding peacefully. Also, the episode shows that Keller has survived the explosion and he goes on a rampage hunt for Jane for revenge. However, Jane and Lisbon get married and the series comes to the end when Lisbon tells Jane and everybody about her pregnancy.
The Mentalist Season 8 Release Date
The American audience got hooked on the show due to the emotional story of Patrick Jane as well as the plot showcasing physic solving murders and crimes. However, in 2014, the CBS network made it clear that there will be no Season 8 for The Mentalist. The producers relocated the shooting location from Sacramento to Texas and changed the supporting characters as well in order to reinvent the show’s storyline.
By the season 6 end, the Red John mystery had also been resolved, offering the audiences an answer to the series’s main conundrum. By halfway through season 6, the FBI takes action, resulting in the closing of the CBI and placing the show on a new route for the remaining one and a half seasons.
The makeover was well accepted by the public, but it was not enough for the CBS network, which declared The Mentalist’s discontinuation in 2014. As a consequence of the preceding statement, the show’s creators and producers were delivered fitting endings to all of the characters in 13 episodes, leaving no room for season 8.
As of yet, neither the CBS network nor the stars of the show have stated whether or not the show will be renewed for a season 8. As a result, the show’s chances of returning are limited to almost zero.
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That is everything we know about The Mentalist so far. Stay tuned for more updates!
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