When Will ‘Mentalist’ Fans Find Out Red John’s Identity?


When Will ‘Mentalist’ Fans Find Out Red John’s Identity?


During last year’s season finale of ‘The Mentalist,’ Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) created a list of seven Red John suspects - and one IS the evil man who killed Jane’s wife and daughter.

Well, earlier today, CBS confirmed fans will find out his identity by the end of the “calendar year.” If that’s not enough exciting news for the upcoming sixth season, then here’s more. Series creator Bruno Heller told TVLine that “by the end of the premiere episode, there may be one less suspect” on Jane's list.

When Will ‘Mentalist’ Fans Find Out Red John’s Identity?Who do you think will escape the hold of Jane’s obsessive hunt?

Fans have been dying to discover Red John’s identity - at the end of Season 3 both ‘Mentalist’ fans and Jane thought Red John (played by Bradley Whitford) was finally caught. Jane even shot and killed him in a mall full of people, but the notorious and real serial killer escaped Jane’s wrath.

Ever since that moment, Jane has made it his life’s purpose to catch the man that destroyed his heart and his family. The intelligent man that he is, Jane narrowed it down to seven suspects: Gale Bertram (Michael Gaston), Ray Haffner (Reed Diamond), Bob Kirkland (Kevin Corrigan), Sheriff Thomas McAllister (Xander Berkeley), Brett Partridge (Jack Plotnick), Reede Smith (Drew Powell) and Bret Stiles (Malcolm McDowell).

My guess? Brett Partridge. He’s been there since the very first episode, and has worked multiple Red John cases. That’s the perfect opportunity for him to see Jane in action and admire his crimes.

‘The Mentalist’ returns Sunday, Sept. 29 at 10 p.m. EST.

Who do you think Red John is?

- Simon Baker
- The Mentalist

Written by: akoerner
Jul 29th, 2013, 3:34 pm

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Message Posted On Aug 2nd, 2013, 6:37 pm

It's Bret Stiles


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Message Posted On Aug 1st, 2013, 7:29 am

As far as I know, it's been confirmed by Heller that it is indeed one of the seven that was mentioned in the end.


I didn't even remember XB's episode, but I'm very confident that he'd be able to pull off RJ's psychotic charisma, so the whateveritscalledTVtrope where the actor spoils the plot by being there is very much in effect.


Brett seems like a herring, and the way he talks about RJ vs. Jane doesn't lead me to believe that he really is RJ. Granted, I suspected him since the first time I noticed him in Season 2's finale, but lately he seems to be more of a closet-fan of RJ and doesn't think too highly of Jane, whereas RJ does.




One of the main reasons I suspect Bertram is that he seems very inept at dealing with people the right way and asks for Jane's help in the poker-game. RJ would be able to pretend he's a nobody easily, as he's as proficient in the arts of mentalism as Jane. So the same could be said for Brett.


Apparently, Reede's name is an anagram for something like... "Theme is red" and "The red is me", so there's that, but I'd be really disappointed if he'd turn out to be him. Same with Bret (Malcolm). He has a strong character as is, so flipping everything about that character and making him the main antagonist feels off. And a waste.


I don't even think Kirkland is evil, despite his actions throughout the latest season. Smells of herring. He has some agenda for hunting RJ the way he does, but my guess is that he's one of the good guys.


As for Haffner... I really don't have anything to say about him. Except... something that came to mind just now. In his first appearance he asks Cho a few questions about intelligence regarding him and Jane. It's subtle and natural enough, but it's always stuck with me. Not in any suspicious sense, but... well, until now.


I have no concrete definite answer at the moment; I'm just happy if I figure it out before you're supposed to.


Oh. And it's been confirmed that Jane's NOT RJ. But you can be damn sure that RJ has hypnotized him.


Message Posted On Jul 30th, 2013, 11:59 pm
its patrick himself. he's schizophrenic.

Message Posted On Jul 29th, 2013, 11:55 pm
i think that many of the list are working with red john but red john isn't on the list because of that when Jane leave his room and left that mark on the door and came back and find out that someone was open the door and see his list he just smile like he want that to happened that my idea thanks

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Since: 30/Sep/08
Message Posted On Jul 29th, 2013, 8:04 pm

Don't think it's any of them. Remember the break in, Jane was prepared. I think he planted the seven names. So still could be anyone.


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Since: 15/May/08
Message Posted On Jul 29th, 2013, 7:05 pm

To be honest i dont realy care who he is,it is about time this story line came to a conclusion any way,this show is a good show without "Red John".Let Patrick move on with his life,maybe him and Lisbon can get



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Since: 29/Apr/12
Message Posted On Jul 29th, 2013, 3:43 pm

i think it's the boss man,gale bertram,

he didn't go to the trial to offer support to patrick, & he looked throughly disgusted when lisbon's team did .


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