"Some will meet an unhappy end, others will live to the denouement." Righetti and Yeoman, who play Van Pelt and Rigsby respectively, have both been with the series since Season 1. In 2006, Righetti signed on to star as the female lead in horror sequel Return to House on Haunted Hill.Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ÃÂ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. w=300&h=221 300w" sizes="(max-width: 326px) 100vw, 326px"I sat down with the writers and we were trying to work out how best to say goodbye to a beloved character and give it a proper finale, and I think where we’ve ended up in this episode is a real fitting tribute.
Exclusive: "I can neither confirm or deny, but this is the most dramatic and game changing season and anything can happen," creator and executive producer Bruno Heller said in a statement.While they're arguing about whether or not to shoot him (a desperate Rigsby wants to; Jane tries to talk him down), Haibach manages to turn the tables and brings Jane and Rigsby at gunpoint to the same location where Hazel is holding Van Pelt.Per usual, that whole scenario is part of an elaborate ruse set up by Jane and Rigsby, who staged their argument and made sure that the gun Haibach is armed with is empty. [ as nothing but an incredible journey, a wonderful family of people, a wonderful crew of people.But from the minute this one starts, it doesn’t really let up. In some of the photos Rigsby looks like he’s getting pretty aggressive with people, slamming Heibach (played by Lost’s William Mapother) up against a wall and stuff.It’s a very different Rigsby than the one we’ve known in the past.TVLine has learned exclusively that original castmembers Amanda Righetti and Owain Yeoman will be leaving the CBS procedural toward the end of Season 6 (premiering Sept. The departures of colleagues and sometime-lovers Van Pelt and Rigsby will likely tie into this fall’s unmasking of Red John, a six-year-old mystery whose resolution is poised to set the show on a new course.Ã¢ÂÂWhite as the Driven SnowÃ¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂ Grace is kidnapped by the killer who has been hunting former CBI members, but when the prime suspect appears to have an airtight alibi, Jane must rely on all his skills to locate her before time runs out, on THE MENTALIST, Sunday, March 23 (Ã¢ÂÂ PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ÃÂ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. That harrowing development paves the way this Sunday for an “action-packed” swan song ‘s Amanda Righetti Teases ‘Surprise’ Send-Off For Van Pelt TVLine spoke with Yeoman about bidding the show adieu after nearly six seasons, having Rigsby go out with a bang, the “pairing” he’ll miss most and whether there’s a place for him in series creator Bruno Heller’s buzzy new project, .The film was released direct-to-video in October 2007.In April 2008, she was cast as the female lead in the slasher film Friday the 13th (2009).I think it was sort of an unexpected turn for the writers too, to have the show kind of be reworked this season. And [they’re] probably keeping it close to the vest so it comes as a surprise to everyone that is watching.” Promotes Emily Swallow to Series Regular In the meantime, Righetti confirms that Van Pelt and Rigsby will play a role in the show’s post-Red John era, which kicks off in the Dec. “Basically, they have their own private security company,” she reveals.‘s looming Red John reveal is extending to the show’s call sheet.