In season 5 finale of The Mentalist, we saw Red John delivering a CD to Patrick. The CD contains a video that was created 2 months back. In the video Lorelei read a message from Red John, saying he knew what would be the short list of Patrick regarding Red John. At that initial moment the suspect pool was comprised of 1437 names. And in that moment Red John recorded that video with only 7 names predicting the short list. In the season finale we saw that was accurate.
Obvious question is how? I thought in the final revenge scene it would be revealed. So in season 6 episode 8 when finally Patrick found Red John, Red John mentioned the list.
Red John: You still don't know how I fooled you ? Do you?
Red John: How I got the names of your list ?
But Patrick didn't ask how. Then just before final confrontation Red John talked about the list again.
Red John: I'll tell you how I got the name of your list.
Patrick: I don't care.
Red John: I knew because I have psychic...
Why on Earth did Patrick not want to know? My theory is: writers & creators of the show couldn't find a suitable way to explain that Red John could have known the list of 1437 people whom Patrick shook hand with and predicted a short list of 7 people. So they just avoided the topic.
Or am I missing something? Did they ever mentioned how that was done? Or was Red John a psychic ?