So what does this mean exactly? Many have speculated that with Kyra leaving the show, that McDonnell would take over as the lead. Could this be a step in that direction? My opinion is no.
The Closer is Brenda Leigh Johnson/Kyra Sedgwick. You can’t have The Closer without the closer right? McDonnell’s Captain Rayder, while a terrific character I like very much, has a completely different role in the LAPD. She’s IA. I’m not saying she can’t make the switch to Deputy Chief of Major Crimes but part of what made Brenda great, was this ability to get confessions no one else could. Now all of sudden, Captain Rayder is going to do it? I don’t think so.
The only way this works is if Rayder is now in charge of Major Crimes or maybe Pope takes over Major Crimes and she becomes a lead detective or second in command to Pope and they do a similar type of cop show with the same cast but it isn’t The Closer. Either way, I’m glad I’ll get to see more of Mary McDonnell’s Captain Rayder on my screen because she is fantastic. And the creative team will have plenty of time to figure out how they want this to go because Kyra’s version of The Closer, doesn’t wrap up until Summer of 2012.