I'm quite disappointed with the Red John episode of The Mentalist, since there were many questions left unanswered. For example, How was Red John able to manipulate so many people into committing such grievous and heinous crimes? From where did he get all the money?

But the main question that irks me is,

  1. Who was Kristina Frye and what happened to her?
  2. Was she a real psychic?
  3. What did Red John do to her?
  • Patrick Jane always said There are no such things as Psychics. There is that!
    – Vishwa
    Commented Jun 12, 2018 at 6:38

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Who was Kristina Frye and what happened to her?

Kristina was another "psychic," like Jane used to be. She made the same mistake of insulting Red John on TV, and she paid the price. In terms of "where did she end up?" I don't think the show ever said explicitly. Probably, she wound up in a mental institution. I'm thinking she probably wouldn't have survived long on her own if she didn't get help, with the state she was in, but the show never actually tells us what happened in the end.

Was she a real Psychic?

No. There are no such things as psychics. Nothing in the show has ever suggested real psychic powers exist. Kristina was just frustratingly obtuse about refusing to admit that her "powers" weren't real.

What did Red John do to her?

Again, it isn't explicitly said what he did. He probably tortured her. He may have done some hypnotic suggestion stuff (although I'm not sure how legit that is either.)

Bottom line, he broke her mind and convinced her that she was already dead. Then he set her loose to show Jane what happens when people mess with him. (As though Jane didn't already know.)

(It's also possible that Kristina Frye was always part of Red John's cult, and everything she did with Jane was just to mess with him, on Red John's behalf. In that case, the thing about thinking she was already dead would have likely just been an act, and she ran off into the sunset afterwards, never to be seen or heard from again. That's just a side theory, though. The above answers are more likely, IMHO.)

  • Hello. How you’re saying this: “There are no such things as psychics. Nothing in the show has ever suggested real psychic powers exist.” There was things that Kristina said and never found out how! With logical or Jane methods!
    – F P
    Commented Nov 30, 2019 at 22:08
  • @FP There was no solid evidence to prove that she really did have psychic powers. Nothing other than her own insistence that her abilities were real. Furthermore, Jane spent the entire show pulling stunts equally as impressive without claiming psychic ability, why should we believe Kristina's powers were real simply because they were never properly explained? If I were to tell you that I could jump all the way to the moon, would you believe that it was true based solely on the fact that I refuse to explain how?
    – Steve-O
    Commented Dec 2, 2019 at 15:13

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