Criminal Minds: New Series Regular Cast in Wake of Thomas Gibson's Exit

Matt Webb Mitovich

Criminal Minds‘ Season 12 cast evolution continues with the addition of Damon Gupton in a series regular role.

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TVLine has learned that Gupton will be introduced in this season’s eighth episode as Special Agent Stephen Walker, a seasoned profiler from the Behavioral Analysis Program (the counterintelligence division of the FBI) who will bring his spy-hunting skills to the BAU.

“Our BAU family is growing,” Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer said in a statement. “We’re excited to have Damon join the show and work alongside our amazing cast and crew.”

Gupton’s TV credits include Bates Motel, The Player, Empire and Amazon’s upcoming Goliath.

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Gupton’s casting comes amidst a season that added Adam Rodriguez as a series regular (to fill the void left by Shemar Moore’s March exit), found original cast member Thomas Gibson fired in the wake of an on-set altercation, and promoted Paget Brewster, who was already returning for a short arc as Emily Prenttiss, to series regular status.

CBS’ Criminal Minds airs Wednesday at 9/8c.

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