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Matthew Gray Gubler on Criminal Minds finale

Like the skilled chess player Dr. Spencer Reid is, Matthew Gray Gubler was thinking ahead when he cut his hair last month (and he didn’t do it himself this time).

“Every year, they do these cliff-hangers, so it’s like, if you want to change anything, you have to predict it and do it beforehand,” the Criminal Minds star tells “[The haircut’s] pretty good. I like it. It’s summer fun.”

The Season 5 closer is anything but, as the BAU team heads to Los Angeles to trail a serial killer (Tim Curry) who kills in the dark. In keeping with tradition, the cliff-hanger finale (Wednesday, 9/8c on CBS), which also features Eric Close and Robert Davi, involves not just a case, but the uncertain future of at least one team member.

Though Reid, as we learned in Season 2’s “The Boogeyman,” is afraid of the dark and seems like perfect prey for Curry’s Billy Flynn, it’s Morgan (Shemar Moore) who’s “precariously perched” at season’s end. But fans needn’t be too concerned, Gubler says.

“We’ve had some pretty in-your-face finales. We’ve had a gun at Hotch’s head, we’ve had exploding cars. This one isn’t as insane,” he says. “I think it’s more of a choice. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think you even get the impression that Morgan’s going to die. I think it’s more like, ‘What is Morgan going to do?’ We pull a MacGyver cliff-hanger.”

And where is scaredy-cat Reid? “I’m in a dark room that has backup lighting!”

Gubler, who made his directorial debut this season, also hopes to step behind the camera again next year and is considering writing an episode as well. “I totally would write. I’ve been sort of kicking that idea around a little bit for sure. Maybe if I have some revelations over hiatus, I’ll look into that,” the 30-year-old New York University film graduate says.

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