Perfect sneak peak of the new season including some Kelli interviews!
What can you tell us about the two new detectives?
Leight: You have detectives now coming out of college with degrees in forensic psychology. That’s Kelli Giddish’s character. Amanda Rollins is up from the South. She’s self-made, and she’s had a lot of book training. She has the kind of training you get now at Quantico. That was missing from the squad room: Somebody who approaches things with actual technical knowledge … an almost intellectual, academic, very structured approach. The other thing that seems to be missing from the squad room was somebody who [is] actually trying to elicit confessions through empathy. Olivia has great empathy for the victims, but there was a lot of shouting at the perps, especially with Chris’ character. That doesn’t get you a good confession. I thought it would be interesting to have somebody come in who’s almost a con artist, who really has an intuitive sense of when people are lying or telling the truth. [Danny’s character] reads people very well. He gets on their side and takes the onus of the crime they committed away from them. He appears to not be judging them.