[Warning: The following story contains major spoilers from Sunday's episode of The Mentalist. Read at your own risk.]
So did you figure it out? After five seasons and change, The Mentalist has finally revealed the identity of serial killer Red John — it's Thomas McAllister, the quirky Napa County sheriff played by Xander Berkeley!
If you were looking for a grand explanation of Red John's motives, methods and all the rest, though, you may have come away a little disappointed.
Sunday's episode, fittingly titled "Red John," finally brought an end to Jane's quest to find and kill the man who murdered his family. Once he did catch up with the killer -- which was not without complications -- he wasted little time in making good on his promise to end Red John's life. It was a raw, real moment that Simon Baker played the heck out of -- the play of emotions on his face as he throttled the last breaths from Red John was impressive to watch.
Bertram, as it turns out, is not Red John -- the killer is Napa Sheriff Thomas McAllister*, who shoots Bertram dead in the chapel of the cemetery where Jane's wife and daughter are buried. Jane eventually gets the drop on McAllister, wounding him. A Red John disciple distracts Jane long enough to allow McAllister to get away, but Jane eventually chases him down and ends his life. McAllister tries to tell Jane that he knew the seven final suspects because he really is psychic, but Jane brushes him off, keeping his hand on McAllister's throat until he expires.
Lisbon and the rest of her team spent a good amount of the episode in handcuffs, and more of it in the dark about Jane's plan. Jane is now a fugitive, as far as the FBI is concerned. The last image of him in the episode is of him running away -- free of Red John at last but also just a couple steps ahead of Agent Bennett and the feds.
It's unlikely the show will just return to normal next week, but just how it all comes back together remains to be seen. What did you think of The Mentalist this week? Were you satisfied with how the Red John story came to an end, and what would you like to see on the show in the future?