As they chase serial killers throughout the country, the agents of Criminal Minds go with some of the worst experiences feasible. They"ve been kidnapped, tortured, swarm, and also drugged (not to cite framed for murder). But once Aaron Hotchner"s (Thomas Gibson) ex-wife Haley (Meredith Monroe) is killed while they"re talking on the phone, it brings tears to fans" eyes, no matter exactly how many kind of times they"ve rewatched the series.

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Criminal Minds focuses on the FBI"s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) as they use their understanding of prevalent serial killer traits to track down criminals. In the seachild 5 episode "100," Hotch and also the other members of the BAU are in the midst of tracking dvery own serial killer George Foyet, a.k.a. the Reaper. Foyet has actually already grievously injured Hotch and also threatened his ex-wife and boy, so they"ve been put in protective custody. But the Reaper tricks Haley into joining him at Hotch"s house, and it isn"t until she calls Hotch that she realizes Foyet is going to kill her.

Hotch and Haley have a tearful last conversation, while all the members of the BAU listen and desperately try to obtain there in time. It"s heartbreaking and tense bereason everyone knows what"s going to happen: Haley is going to die. Hotch tells his son to "work-related the instance with me," which is a cue to run off and hide in his office. Over the phone, Hotch and also the BAU hear the sounds of gunshots and also know that it"s as well late. Hotch ups his kill count by the end of the episode by beating Foyet to death.

While tright here are some scenes that Criminal Minds fans can"t stop rewatching, this one puts them in tears. Reddit user u/DiscordantScorpion_1 posted in r/criminalminds: "Never had my heart ripped out more than once I watched "100." Aaron Hotchner went through all that, put his family with that, and also still it didn"t matter bereason his wife was murdered at the hands of the Reaper... Seeing him sobbing and also holding his ex-wife"s body made my heart crack so much I was bawling."

The episode is heartbreaking as a whole, but it seems each fan has actually a different moment that breaks them. For user u/chailatte731, it"s as soon as Hotch finds his child Jack hiding, after killing Foyet, and Jack says, "I functioned the case, Daddy, simply choose you shelp." User u/chailatte731 commented: "Held it together up until then however as soon as he said that... I intend... I was just a puddle. Jack is so innocent :"( And all was not lost."

Meanwhile, user u/mrinalini3 was already bawling before that, starting when Haley is on the phone contact via Hotch and Jack hugs her. They sassist, "once jack hugged Haley and said mom you"re hugging me too tight... My heart broke right into pieces." User u/abmcm commented that the finish of the phone speak to is what really gets to them, specifically hearing the team"s reactions.

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It just goes to display that although Hotchner left the show after 11 seasons, he"s still beloved by the fans.