Such a restrained episode, the quiet darkness of it, the mind games. As a finale I so enjoyed it and happily it didn't include Jane running amok as he has done previously.
Wonderful that we're finally getting into Jane's back story. Thank you writers, even though you've tested my patience these last five seasons. Thank you more for the quality of this season. For mine so well done.
Firstly, can we assume that Red John has some connection with the psychic world, since Barlow described him as having 'real psychic powers'?
We know that RJ doesn't have real psychic powers. Phooey to that. He can 'read minds' as much as Jane can.
However it's been a fascinating theme throughout this series - religion, faith, the slimy side of the psychic world, Lisbon's cross, Jane's atheism, van Pelt's belief in both the kingdom of God and the psychic world etc.
About Jane's memory:
Not even RJ can categorically state that Jane didn't tell anyone about his childhood memory, which has spanned thirty odd years now. That's simply impossible to know and to monitor. So:
1. Jane told either his Mum or Dad, his wife (at a later date or even as a child), Danny, a carny friend, or maybe even a child that was with him in Child Protective Services.
2. When as a twelve year old Jane saw the little girl hoisted into the air, he laughed, or smiled, or acted 'happy' (perhaps an unusual occurrence in his young life), so that it was noticed, either by RJ or a friend, and held for future reference.
3. It was an entirely implanted 'memory.'
4. Jane is Red John.
Six of the seven suspects work in Law Enforcement in one way or another, and even Stiles, through Visualize, has police connections. Easy for Barlow then, to know Lisbon's father was an alcoholic, and to know her feelings for Jane. What's his relationship to RJ...
Seeing him sitting there, all in black, swigging from the flask. Nice. Shudders thinking about him bringing up a baby.
Loved the interplay between Jane and Lisbon, and I'm enjoying the subtle ebb and flow of their relationship. The 'you're a little in love with him' is untouched by both of them, since it's the bleeding obvious. But the way Jane ushers her into his attic, hand on her back, seems very protective.
Lisbon protests that she does have dishonesty within her, even though Jane says, 'No offence but there's no dishonesty within you.' Then after Jane mentions Bertram as a suspect, she says, 'No... Oh my God, how am I going to face him!?' and Jane rolls his eyes. Great lines.
Edited by luculent, May 6, 2013 @ 9:47 PM.