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‘Criminal Minds: Evolution’ Premiere Questions Answered: Are Garcia and Alvez Together? What Happened to Reid?


Alvez sitting next to a surprised looking Garcia in the 'Criminal Minds: Evolution' premiere
Adam Rodriguez as Luke Alvez and Kirsten Vangsness as Penelope Garcia in ‘Criminal Minds: Evolution’ | Paramount+

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In the Criminal Minds Season 15 finale, Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) opted to leave the FBI behind. That prompted Agent Luke Alvez (Adam Rodriguez) to ask her to dinner, now that they would no longer be co-workers. 

Naturally, fans were curious about what exactly happened on that date, and if it led to a serious relationship between the two. Well, the Evolution premiere revealed what went down, and it isn’t great news for those who were shipping Garcia and Alvez. Apparently, the date happened, but it was a dud. 

Alvez shows up unexpectedly at Garcia’s apartment to ask for her help locating a missing girl. He’s interrupted a meeting of her Anglophile baking club (um, how do we join?). At least one of her friends knows all about their history, as she whispers something in Garcia’s ear as she leaves. 

“One dinner, three years ago,” Garcia says aloud. “We thrive as frenemies.” 

“We’re friends,” a confused Alvez says. “Why do I have to be your enemy?”

We also get an update on what else Garcia has been up to since leaving the BAU. She’s created a secure and safe social media site for kids and “banned the 24-hour news and doomscrolling.” She’s in a good place mentally and doesn’t want to get pulled back into the dark world of hunting serial killers. But we have a feeling she won’t be able to hold out for long, especially once she learns that someone has used her “unhackable” site to target victims. 

‘Criminal Minds: Evolution’ addresses Spencer Reid’s absence 

Matthew Gray Gubler, kneeling and wearing a bulletproof vest in 'Criminal Minds'
Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler] in ‘Criminal Minds’ | Matt Kennedy/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images Studios

Many Criminal Minds fans were disappointed when they learned that

Criminal Minds is back. Criminal Minds: Evolution, a revival of the original series that aired on CBS from 2005 to 2020, premiered Thanksgiving Day on Paramount+. (The first episode also aired on CBS.) The first of 10 new episodes picks up with the members of the BAU somewhat scattered, but they quickly come back together in the face of a new challenge that will see them tracking a devious mastermind over the course of the entire season. 

“Just Getting Started” also answered some big questions that long-time viewers likely had heading into the the new show, including what Garcia has been up to since leaving the FBI (and whether she ever went on that date with Luke), why Reid isn’t on hand to help with the new case, and what’s going on with the team’s jet.  

[Warning: This article contains spoilers for the Criminal Minds: Evolution series premiere, “Just Getting Started.”] 

‘Criminal Minds’ reveals the outcome of Garcia and Alvez’s dinner date 

Adam Rodriguez as Luke Alvez and Kirsten Vangsness as Penelope Garcia in ‘Criminal Minds: Evolution’ | Paramount+

RELATED: ‘Criminal Minds: Evolution’: Aisha Tyler Says Revival Is ‘More Authentic’ Than Original Series

In the Criminal Minds Season 15 finale, Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) opted to leave the FBI behind. That prompted Agent Luke Alvez (Adam Rodriguez) to ask her to dinner, now that they would no longer be co-workers. 

Naturally, fans were curious about what exactly happened on that date, and if it led to a serious relationship between the two. Well, the Evolution premiere revealed what went down, and it isn’t great news for those who were shipping Garcia and Alvez. Apparently, the date happened, but it was a dud. 

Alvez shows up unexpectedly at Garcia’s apartment to ask for her help locating a missing girl. He’s interrupted a meeting of her Anglophile baking club (um, how do we join?). At least one of her friends knows all about their history, as she whispers something in Garcia’s ear as she leaves. 

“One dinner, three years ago,” Garcia says aloud. “We thrive as frenemies.” 

“We’re friends,” a confused Alvez says. “Why do I have to be your enemy?”

We also get an update on what else Garcia has been up to since leaving the BAU. She’s created a secure and safe social media site for kids and “banned the 24-hour news and doomscrolling.” She’s in a good place mentally and doesn’t want to get pulled back into the dark world of hunting serial killers. But we have a feeling she won’t be able to hold out for long, especially once she learns that someone has used her “unhackable” site to target victims. 

‘Criminal Minds: Evolution’ addresses Spencer Reid’s absence 

Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler] in ‘Criminal Minds’ | Matt Kennedy/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images Studios

Many Criminal Minds fans were disappointed when they learned that Matthew Gray Gubler would not be returning as quirky FBI agent Spencer Reid in Evolution. (Gubler wanted to focus on other projects, his co-star Paget Brewster told

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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