‘The Mentalist': Serial Killer Red John Is Finally Revealed

Mon, November 25, 2013 5:19pm EDT by 24 Comments 17,565 Article Views
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After more than five seasons, we finally met the man who murdered Patrick Jane’s wife and child on ‘The Mentalist’ — and to say that it was a shock would be an understatement. WARNING — do not read on if you don’t want to learn the identity of Red John!

The Mentalist and its lead Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) have been searching for the elusive serial killer Red John for the better part of five years, and during the series’ explosive Nov. 24 episode, Patrick finally identified the man who murdered his family, then promptly made good on his promise to kill him. Did the big reveal live up to its expectations? Read on to find out!

‘The Mentalist': Thomas McAllister Is Red John

Well that was… unexpected. After five long years, Napa Sheriff Thomas McAllister (Xander Berkeley) — a minor character that has had little to nothing to do with Patrick’s journey over five-plus seasons — was revealed to be Red John, the biggest criminal mastermind this show has ever seen. Then, mere minutes later, he was killed by Patrick in a move that was probably underwhelming to many fans of the series.

Outing McAllister — the bumbling cop from the show’s second episode — as Red John was definitely a head-scratcher, but when you think about it, the move makes sense if the show wants to finally move on from the plot line that has dominated so much of the action over the past five-ish seasons. No matter who ended up being Red John, that elusive man behind the curtain, he always would have been underwhelming after five years of buildup. So basically, McAllister just ended up being the sacrificial lamb for fans to hate on.

‘The Mentalist': Patrick Jane Kills Red John

What was truly remarkable, however, was the way that Patrick killed Red John. After putting his hand on the wounded man’s throat, Patrick told Red John to blink once for “yes” and twice for “no.” Then he asked him if he felt remorse for murdering his wife and daughter, to which Red John answered, “yes.” Patrick’s face pretty much said it all, then his second question — are you afraid to die? — was delivered in a light, almost giddy manner that was truly disturbing coming from the Patrick we’ve all grown to love.

Red John answered yes again, then the cameras focused on Patrick’s face as he choked the life out of the man who had ruined his own. The big RJ reveal may have been a let-down, but his departure from the series was anything but — Simon Baker was truly remarkable, proving that you don’t have to say a word to speak volumes.

No one really knows what’s going to come next, which is actually pretty exciting — it’s like The Mentalist has been given a clean slate. Patrick is currently running for his life, but the real question is who the big bad will be now that Red John is out of the picture.

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Were you happy with the Red John reveal, or at least his death?

– Shaunna Murphy

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Bianca Huet

Posted at 9:01 AM on May 2, 2014  

I completely agree with Wanna72! The show would have ended extremely well if it had been someone close to him that aired on the show more than 3 times. It would have been even better had it been Patrick Jane himself eg in the movie “Hide and Seek” with Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning…Perfect twist to the story as opposed to this major anti climax of an ending.

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Chloe7

Posted at 12:13 PM on July 20, 2014  

I was so hoping it would be Grace Van Pelt. The Red Hair and the shy smile??? I was certain.

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wanna72

Posted at 9:45 PM on March 28, 2014  

They should have revealed Wayne Rigsby as Red John or Kimble Chow, as they were closest to Patrick. It would have been a better climax to the Red John storyline, as both characters are well loved & are right under Patrick’s nose so to speak. Another brilliant twist could have been that Patrick had a split personality, and that he himself was Red John! Writers got this one wrong! How boring this anti climax is!

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stephen

Posted at 1:12 AM on November 29, 2013  

I’ve been very fortunate to watch the earlier seasons on catch up (coming a bit late to the mentalist) I’m really surprised and a little doubtful that the reveal has happened so early in season 6 and Red John turns out to be one of PJ list of suspects. There has been this ‘extra’ in the CBI’s headquarters over the last few seasons – tallish with a goatee – he keeps randomly appearing when RJ story lines come to the forefront (this has occur at least since season 2) and now in season 6 he has small speaking roles – ie. Good morning Boss, Good Morning Jane, etc etc. Millions of hours watching crappy television has taught me nothing happens with out reason – so my money is on a double bluff, the Sherriff is not RJ – but this random dude from the CBI HQ will be revealed later as the King Pin so to speak. Thanks for reading

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Ghaith Malkawi

Posted at 8:23 AM on November 27, 2013  

twice was for “yes” you dump writers -_-

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Helena

Posted at 6:20 PM on November 26, 2013  

I was as disappointed as Jane himself probably! WTF, McAllister ?! I had to go back to the scene of the tattoo reveal in PJ’s house to figure out who was the man in the church, we hardly saw his face n the show ! When his name was put on the list I didn’t know who he was, I had to look on Internet and watch the episode in which we see him the first time!
It’s a crappy reveal, they could have done much better, it could have been a woman, Jane’s therapist (the one who’s discovered in her oven), it could have been that there was no Red John at all, just an organisation named Red John… Giving the power of being RJ to someone we don’t know just kills the whole point. I hope this was a fake reveal to lead us to something better !

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sabbib

Posted at 4:54 PM on November 28, 2013  

Better then bret partridge

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Zver

Posted at 7:40 AM on November 26, 2013  

He answer NO to both questions…..

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Thomas Stanziola

Posted at 8:08 PM on November 30, 2013  

That’s what I saw. Two blinks each time.

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lemonde2caroline

Posted at 4:03 AM on November 26, 2013  

a great episod!!

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John Fedec

Posted at 2:25 AM on November 26, 2013  

Of the 7, only one survived ! The man who killed Jane’s wife and child is Reede Smith !
The finale demonstrates exactly what “red john” wants….to go into hiding and quit Jane looking for him!
I’m sure he might come “out of hiding” if he felt like it !
I’ll argue with anybody that Reede is the REAL deal…he HAS to be !!
Kirkland 0
Partridge 0
Stiles 0
Haffner 0
Bertram 0
leaving the other 2 !
Surely Red John isn’t that silly so as “to MEET” Jane when the FBI is 10 minutes behind him !!

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Posted at 11:57 PM on November 25, 2013  

YES!

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Lily

Posted at 8:15 PM on November 25, 2013  

Simon Baker is truly deserving of an Emmy and I’m not just saying that cause I love the show, he really does.

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Lita

Posted at 5:58 PM on November 27, 2013  

Yes, Simon truly deserves an Emmy, a long time ago since he appeared
in The Guardian. He’s a very good actor and very good looking. I like his
facial expression while he’s killing Red John..

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Lily

Posted at 8:15 PM on November 25, 2013  

I loved all of it

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Tank-01

Posted at 6:32 PM on November 25, 2013  

It was actually blink once for “no” and twice for “yes”. That is why he blinked twice each time.

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PMT

Posted at 6:15 PM on November 25, 2013  

I love how it says “don’t read if you don’t want to know who Red John is” but it’s in the title….

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Helena

Posted at 6:14 PM on November 26, 2013  

No it’s not, read the title again!

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Ghaith Malkawi

Posted at 8:22 AM on November 27, 2013  

twice was for “yes” you dump writers -_-

 
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Jesse

Posted at 1:16 AM on December 2, 2013  

I think he meant its in the tags above the title.

 
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Posted at 5:25 PM on November 25, 2013  

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