I keep seeing the two pictures as hopeful proof that the hacked episode is a fake. The first picture from the promo doesn't have Bertram dead on the floor and the second from the episode you can see Bertram's dead body.
Well of course they are going to digitally remove Bertram's dead body from the PROMO otherwise it gives away that Bertram gets killed and isn't RJ. (Which in itself is kind of stupid since they didn't have enough sense to blur out RJ's head as he crashes through the glass door and we all knew it was Mcallister at that time anyway.)
Sigh…I haven't watched the episode yet and will wait till Sunday but the overwhelmingly negative response to it is really bumming me out. I'm completely ok with the sheriff as RJ, and although I haven't seen it, I believe I'll be ok with RJ turning sissy and calling 911 and begging for his life. Deep down RJ obviously has issues that would come to the fore once he's exposed and vulnerable hence the reason he's a psychotic serial killer, desperately needs Patrick’s approval, etc. I'm sure I'll be ok with that because it’s consistent with a severely narcissistic personality that doesn’t want to lose the one thing they love above all else (their own life).
Where I'm going to have a problem is the show not answering any of the burning questions the Mentalist fanbase has been pondering for years (literally!!). It is just an utter slap in the face to not find out why Partridge had to die, why he really didn’t kill Lisbon, how he got the list, etc. Again, I’m completely ok with PJ telling RJ he doesn’t give two sh*ts about how he got the list. It’s very consistent with PJ’s character. He knows RJ desperately wants him to appreciate his intelligence and the things he’s done and not only does PJ not care about that, even if he did he wouldn’t give RJ the satisfaction…but that doesn’t mean the writers couldn’t cleverly give us the answer without compromising PJ’s character! Who the hell is writing this stuff?! It’s not rocket science.