2008: Episode 2 of Season 1 – Xander Berkeley, actor appeared as Xander in “The Mentalist,”McAllister is a local sheriff. Berkeley didn’t hear back from the producers after filming the episode until five minutes later. The producers called Berkeley to schedule a few episodes of Season 6.
Talking with a Fan blogBerkeley shared with us what it was like to receive that call so many decades later. At first, they didn’t tell Berkeley if he would be reprising the same role or if he wanted to portray a new character. This was something that he had done before on other shows. Berkely claimed that his character in Season 1 was not Red John. Between Seasons 1 and 5, Berkely lived a whole other life -– he had kids and moved his family to Canada for work -– so it was a surprise for him to get another call from “The Mentalist.”
Red John was not the role he had been told he was to play when he received his second call. “finalist suspect”Red John suspects. He believed he was still playing a type of “red herring”He was stunned and intimidated to learn that he would be playing Red John. Heller says McAllister’s appearance as an unlikely suspect was all part of the point.