“Criminal Minds” fans finally found out what happened to Thomas Gibson’s character after he was fired Kovac/Getty Images for Festival of Arts / Pageant of the Masters
LAGUNA BEACH, CA - AUGUST 29: Actor Thomas Gibson attends the 2015 Festival Of Arts Celebrity Benefit Concert And Pageant on August 29, 2015 in Laguna Beach, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Festival of Arts / Pageant of the Masters)

It’s all over for Thomas Gibson’s character on “Criminal Minds.”

On Wednesday night, fans of the show got to see what happened to Hotch since Thomas Gibson was fired back in August. During the episode, it was revealed that Hotch had not been sent out on special assignment. Instead, he was sent into the Witness Protection program.

Rossi (played by Joe Mantegna) broke the news.

“We need to talk,” Rossi began. As it turns out, Hotch decided to leave the Behavioral Analysis Unit and enter Witness Protection after Peter Lewis, a.k.a. Mr. Scratch, began stalking his son, Jack (Cade Owens), at a soccer game, he said in the beginning of the episode.

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“He’s OK, but he has not been away on special assignment,” said Rossi. “That’s something we had to say as a cover for the investigation.”

Hotch decided to give up his chief post in an effort to protect his son, Jack.

“Peter Lewis is not going to stop, which is why Hotch and Jack have entered the program,” Rossi explained. Hotch also decided to submit his resignation.

Gibson was fired from the show after he was suspended for getting into a physical altercation with one of the show’s writers, “Virgil Williams.”

He appeared on the first two episodes of the show and fans saw him for the final time on the Oct. 5 episode.

(h/t PEOPLE)

Nicole is a content editor with Rare. 
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