How 'Criminal Minds' Will Address That Cliffhanger in the Season 14 Premiere

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Criminal Minds' Season 14 premiere is right around the corner, and it's also a very special episode for the long-running series — it's the show's 300th episode and was written by executive producer Erica Messer.

In the Season 14 premiere, Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) are abducted by cult leader Benjamin Merva (Michael Hogan), aka "The Messiah," who was leading an organization that recruited people and then groomed them to become serial killers.

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And now it's up to the rest of the BAU to find them before it's too late. During the search, the team "finds surprising clues in their own history to solve why the two heroes have been targeted by a mass murderer," according to CBS.

In last year's finale, it was revealed that VICAP Agent Mary Meadows (Karen David) was involved with the cult, while FBI Agent Owen Quinn (James Urbaniak) was shot and in bad shape. So Reid was left with a Sophie's Choice — help spring Benjamin or else colleague Garcia was getting a bullet in the head.

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Season 14 returns with a few changes as well. At the Television Critics Association summer press tour, CBS revealed that this year the FBI drama will have only 15 episodes and be airing on Wednesday night.

And there's been no word yet on if its fourteenth will be Minds' last season.

Criminal Minds, Season 14 Premiere, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 10/9c, CBS

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