NNatalieee: So who is the genius, Garcia or Reid?
VW: I would say it depends on who you ask. And by the way, that's thanks to the comic stylings of Breen Frazier.
CMfan: Hi virgil, excellent writing on last night episode. where/how did the idea for this episode came from?
VW: Mostly from a true-life serial killer Henry Lee Lucas.
laurenreynoldsisdead: What was your favourite line from last nights episode?
VW: Sloan: OHMYGOD. Ewwwww!
Ella_GB: I loved the episode last night, It was an interesting set up, what made you think about doing a flash back episode? By the way, the happy birthday sung by unsub gave me night mares.
VW: Our pleasure to give you nightmares. I just wanted to do a case that spanned many years. And flashbacks happen to be a part of that. Happy accident!
NNatalieee: You've written three episodes this season, was this one your favourite?
VW: They're all like children. I can't pick a favorite. And they ALL drove me crazy.
wheelsup4demily: VIRGIL! Awesome episode last night! It really felt like we got back to the basics that make CM great! So we've been promised some Morgan & Prentiss awesomeness but haven't seen it yet. Will we get it in the finale???
ana_clara: Hey Virgil, you're one of the best writers...Congratulations for you job! Love from Brazil [=
VW: Obrigado brasil!
SSA_River_Song: Hey Virgil!!!!! Where did the idea for Zimmerman come from?
VW: Bruce BIG MONEY Zimmerman! Who I love and adore.
Ella_GB: yo yo yo! Ella GB here. That mullet on Reid was an inspiration. But seriously, what is your favorite/leats favorite thing about working with the cast and crew of Criminal Minds?
VW: This cast is great. They bring it every week. Can't pick a favorite and can't find a least favorite.
clarissa: Was the shirtless Rossi in-between wives, or was that young thing wife number 2 or 3?
VW: Hmmmmmmm........you decide.
elle: Loved the lecture style going on at the beginning. When you've got a complex scene with the entire cast taking turns speaking, how do you decide who's going to say what?
VW: Balance and rhythm.
Baby_Girl_Shayna: Was there anything cut from the episode that you wanted us to see??
VW: A love scene between Morgan and Prentiss!! ;-)
ReidsMullet: Have you started breaking scripts for season 8 yet?
clarissa: As a devoted Hotch/Prentiss shipper who has been broken hearted this season, is there any value in my my watching the finale?
VW: It depends on how devoted you are. But my advice? Don't miss it.
SSA_River_Song: Virgil, what's the best thing about being a screenwriter?
VW: Great question. Getting paid to write. I would do it for free. Shhhh...don't tell the studio.
NNatalieee: Who's the voice behind Penelope Garcia's twitter page? Said person is hilarious.
VW: Garcia, who do you think!?
laurenreynoldsisdead: Can you give us spoilers about season 8 yet?
VW: People will die!
laurenreynoldsisdead: What will you miss most about Paget
Ella_GB: Mr. Virgil Williams, how did you get into screen writing?
VW: It depends on when you start the story. I was an actor when I was a boy. I found writing in high school. Then I got rejected from film school. And I wrote. And wrote. And wrote. And then I got an opportunity on "24" and made the most of it. I've been blessed and the rest is history, and hopefully there's a lot more future to come.
daretobeclever: How often do you get writers block? Writing for such a successful show must be stressful.
VW: It's my baseline.
ana_clara: Have you had an idea/inspiration for a episode in a strange situation?
VW: I'm from Chicago but now I live in Los Angeles. Life is STRANGE.
Baby_Girl_Shayna: How was the last day of filming for season 7??? Us fans were an emotional wreak.. What was the "Vibe" on set.
VW: People were throwing themselves from the roof. And lighting themselves on fire. Kidding. Food trucks and drinks. Awesome.
NNatalieee: How are you spending your hiatus?
VW: I will write. And write and write and write and write.
wheelsup4demily: What would you recommend as the next step for a graduating English major who wants to get into the business? Grad school? Work experience? Something else?
VW: Write. And then write some more. There is no wrong choice. Observe. Listen carefully. Live. And then go write some more.
Amplifigaytion: Is there a theme for s8 yet? Like s7 was focusing on the team as a family
VW: Not just yet. Season eight is still gestating.
Amplifigaytion: What do the writers take away from these chats?
VW: Feedback from the true fans -- vitally important. We do THIS for you guys.
erin_locks: What is a typical day of filming like?
SmileyGidget: Is what your currently doing your dream job, or is there something else you would love to do even more?
VW: Fighter pilot. Or bounty hunter.
NNatalieee: There's always a split with Erin Strauss, but do YOU love or hate her?
VW: Love to hate her.
erin_locks: What do you consider the creepiest episode of Criminal Minds?
VW: Episode 100.
sam-maddy: Who is your dream guest star?
VW: Carrot Top!
NNatalieee: I'm actually jealous that you're from Chicago. I'm from Ireland which sucks in comparison.
VW: Really? I've always wanted to check Ireland out.
Jasper: How are the writers going to tackle integrating an eventual (probably inevitable) new profiler? Seaver had so much potential, but with the anger over the network's treatment of CM's female cast she got the brunt of ill-feeling.
VW: Honestly, time will tell.
gray: Has CBS ever completely rejected a script you've written? If so, why do you think that was?
VW: A script, no. Not to my knowledge.
resainez: How much does cast input affect the script writing process?
VW: On the actual script writing process, limited. But the entire process is very collaborative.
laurenreynoldsisdead: If you were an unsuub, how would you kill?
VW: With kindness!
NNatalieee: Why are so many people guest starring/reappearing in the season finale? Strauss, Jack, Beth, Clyde.. .e.t.c
VW: We're bringin' it home!
erica1021: Whats your take on the Morgan/Prentiss partnership/relationship, etc?
VW: Love it! That's why I featured it in A Thin Line.
Tracey_Lane: How does the script writing process go, do you all just write several and submit them and hope one of yours gets chosen to become an episode? How does that work?
VW: Every writer pitches ideas. Messer, Janine and the room decide which ideas are best. Then, as a group, we break the story, which is to say, figure out what the hell happens. After that, the writer writes an outline. After that, the room gives notes. After that, the writer writes the script. After that, the room gives notes. After that, the studio and network give notes. After that, we shoot it.
AnneLaure: what's most fun : shoot on the set or on location ??
VW: Depends on what we're shooting.
NNatalieee: When does filming start up again?
VW: July 6th or 9th or something. I don't know the date.
AnneLaure: I know you love french and speaks it very well, Have you ever been in France ? How is Thomas Gibson's French?
VW: I have. Three times. I proposed to my wife there.
laurenreynoldsisdead: In the finale, there will be a wedding. Will we seen the proposal?
Jasper: Will there be any new writers for s8, or the same team?
VW: Same team. Can't wait!
NNatalieee: Is there a serial killer you find particularly intriguing?
VW: Intriguing, no. But I'm shocked by them all.
Jasper: Is there anything the writers will be doing differently than in s7? Things you've learn from, processes or approaches that you might tweak?
VW: Writing scenes without Prentiss :-(
AnneLaure: How did you feel when you saw for the first time the episode you wrote on TV ??
VW: Thrilled. A dream realized. I still find it exciting. Ask me how I felt when that first residual check came in. ;-) haha
Jasper: Which dynamics are you hoping to explore next season?
VW: Too early for that question. We're on hiatus.
pennyj: Please tell me we'll be seeing more of Reid in season 8. He's a great character with a lot of potential but lately he seems neglected...either pushed in the background or just spitting out facts. He's such a popular character so many of us are so confused and frustrated. Please tell me this will change for season 8.
VW: We love Reid. We know you guys do too. He'll be there.
erica1021: which character do you think will miss Prentiss the most?
VW: Definitely Morgan. Garcia's his baby girl. But Prentiss always had his back in the field.
Ella_GB: If you could write for any other show ever, what would you want to write for?