'Criminal Minds' Cast Brings Tears to the Eyes as They Share Farewell Photos

The time has come for the cast and crew of "Criminal Minds" to say their farewells. Fortunately (or unfortunately), fans won't have to do so until 2020. Still, the cast is already shedding their tears on social media.

Recently, fans learned that their favorite show will be premiering its final season in 2020. Along with the bittersweet news, they also got hit with a ton of social media posts from their favorite cast members.

Aisha Tyler shared a sweet "all in" photo of the cast's hands as they wore matching "Criminal Minds" rings. She accompanied it with a lengthy caption that started off by describing her last day of taping as "surreal." 

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Today is my last day of taping at @crimmindscbs. It’s a surreal day. Everyone hugging, holding on a little longer than before. Thanking each other for the hard work, laughing about the tough times, tearing up over the good ones. Making as many memories on this one day as we can — trying to make as many memories as were made over the last decade and a half in just twelve hours. It’s impossible but we’re trying.⁣ ⁣ Criminal Minds has truly changed my life. This was the first prime-time drama I did for more than one season. Where I directed my first episode of television, where I got my @directorsguildofamerica card. I‘ve made so many good friends here, learned so much, laughed so hard.⁣ ⁣ We all keep reminding each other of how lucky we are, what an extraordinary ride this has been, what a special collection of talented and hardworking people it is. What a joy and privilege to be a part of this extraordinary team. ⁣ ⁣ People often ask why Criminal Minds has been so popular around the world for so long, especially considering the dark subject matter. I always say it’s because people are comforted by the knowledge that a brilliant team of dedicated professionals are working around the clock to keep the rest of us safe. We are just a television show but those people do exist in the real world. I am so incredibly honored to have had even the slimmest opportunity to represent the hardworking men and women of the FBI, who dedicate their lives to the safety of others, and who now, more than ever, are under attack and deserve our recognition and support.⁣ ⁣ Our producer and FBI tech adviser Jim Clemente (@efbeye), who worked at the real #BAU, told us that when CM first came on there were very few college programs focused on forensic psychology, and now every major university offers one. We can’t take credit for that here, but it is a privilege to represent this important work, and the great and dedicated professionals of the real-life BAU. They are out there doing critical work every single day, and it has been a true honor to tell their stories.⁣ ⁣ BTW the cool CM rings are from our own @ajcook. Check out my story for more from today. It’s been a ride.⁣ ⁣ #wheelsup

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Though many of the cast members have had years to do so, Tyler said they were still trying to "make as many memories" as they could in the 12 hours they had left. They shared long hugs and exchanged thanks. 

Joe Mantegna widened the final scenes for us by sharing a picture of the last table read where everyone sat somberly in a large room. "Last read through. Bittersweet day. We all knew it couldn't go on forever, but we tried," he captioned it. 

Mantegna also shared a picture of him and his stunt double geared up in FBI bullet vests. "Are you seeing double?" he asked in the caption. 

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Are you seeing double? #stuntman

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But Tyler wasn't done. The star shared another photo of her and Matthew Gray Gubler, as well as more pictures from the final table read. She and Gubler wore jumpsuits to what was the "first day of taping the last episode of 'Criminal Minds.' "

Tyler said that during her four-year run on the show, she "laughed and cried and hugged and yelled and [grew] so much in the company of these brilliant people." 

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Today is the first day of taping of the last episode of @crimmindscbs EVER. In honor of that, here are some shots from our very last table read in the entire universe ever, where @gublergram and I decided we would make it #jumpsuitmonday. We look like twins! #cmspiritday I’ll try to story a little bit every day I shoot these next two weeks. I love this cast and crew in a way I will never be able to fully articulate; in the four-plus years I have been here I have laughed and cried and hugged and yelled and grown so much in the company of these brilliant people. These days are so sweetly bittersweet. It’s hard to imagine my life without this place. We’re going to have an amazing last few days, hug it out, and drop the mic. #wheelsup #wheelsupwednesday #onelasttime #unsubforwhat

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A.J. Cook also gave her goodbyes by sharing a few photos of her and her castmates on set. There was one of her and Montegna, one with Tyler, and another with Daniel Henney.

Gubler joined in the farewells with a series of close-ups showing the cast sitting together and their hands holding on to each other. "Based on our hands you can probably profile that we don’t want to let each other go," the actor wrote.

He also posted a shot of him slurping a drink alongside Tyler and Cook. The post, which also included a shot of several members of the cast, was cleverly captioned: 

"Slurping up every last minute of joy with this magical family." 

Back in April, Gubler sat down with Parade to talk about his feelings as the show's filming neared its end. He described the final 10 episodes as "the strongest episodes of [the] entire series."

Regarding the approaching closure, he confessed: 

"We haven’t said it, but we’re starting to get the feeling of what it’s going to be like. I’m starting to realize like, 'Whoa, this might be the last time my character says four pages of factual information in a quick manner.' I’m like, 'Oh, my gosh.' "

Gubler said it was bittersweet and compared the show's end to someone visiting their 110-year-old grandfather who dies within a year after. Though he lived a great life, you still hate to see him go. 

Indeed, "Criminal Minds" fans would prefer if the show went on endlessly, but all good things must come to an end. We hope they're holding up well, or at least better than the cast. 

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