'Criminal Minds' season 11 spoilers: Derek pursues mastermind behind his attack in episode 17; rumored to quit BAU to become a family man

(Facebook/CriminalMinds)The BAU has a new case to crack in the upcoming episode of "Criminal Minds."

It has been an exciting week for "Criminal Minds" fans as they saw the hunky Supervisory Special Agent Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore) being the focus of the episode.

It turns out, Danny Glover's role was a flashback and some sort of guide inside Derek's head, as he fights for his life after being abducted and tortured by a bunch of goons. Another highlight of the story was when viewers learned that Derek's girlfriend, Savannah (Rochelle Aytes), was actually pregnant and she was about to tell Derek that night when he was abducted.

After being tortured and getting a flat line in the ambulance, Derek made it through and was able to absorb the wonderful news that he's going to be a father and asked Savannah to marry him at the end of the episode.

With Savannah saying yes without hesitation, the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) now has an engaged-to-be-married member.

Now that Derek is out of harm's way, he will soon investigate who is behind his abduction and attack. He was tortured by a man named Edgar (Charles Mesure) who was hired by somebody. This search for the mastermind will continue on in the next episode of "Criminal Minds."

Meanwhile, Derek's engagement to Savannah has sparked speculations that he will be leaving "Criminal Minds." Is Shemar Moore the character leaving the show as teased way before season 11 started?

According to some Redditors, speculations about Derek's exit would make sense for several reasons. For one, JJ (A.J. Cook) left the series when an episode was titled after her. The episode "Lauren," which was Emily Prentiss' (Paget Brewster) cover, also signaled the exit of the brunette agent. For the same reason, fans believe that Derek may soon be making his exit.

Another reason is that Moore's character is about to become a father. He might decide to quit because he doesn't want his future kid to grow up without a father, just like what happened to him.

These may be interesting theories, but they should be taken with a grain of salt.

In the meantime, catch the new episode of "Criminal Minds" in two weeks, Mar. 16, at 9 p.m. EST on CBS.


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