8 Things You Didn't Know About Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, 'El Toro Bravo'

'El Toro Bravo'

'El Toro Bravo'

The IRT headed to Pamplona, Spain during the running of the bulls. The ears of a missing American tourist were found and the team speculated that the crime was politically motivated, on the first hour of the two-hour first season finale of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. Click through for facts and secrets from the episode!


"El Toro Bravo" (Episode 12, Season 1 of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)
Know your famous footballers.

Know your famous footballers.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, mentioned by Mae in the episode, are the two of the biggest soccer players in the world and both play in Spain’s La Liga league. "We just wanted to give a nod to the culture and sport of Spain," said Writer Erica Meredith.


"El Toro Bravo" (Episode 12, Season 1 of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)
A little personal backstory.

A little personal backstory.

Clara tracked down Jack's explosive appearance in the Men of the FBI calendar.


"El Toro Bravo" (Episode 12, Season 1 of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)
Runners from Down Under.

Runners from Down Under.

Three Australian victims were targeted by the UnSub. Historically, Australians make up the largest percentage of foreign runners in the Running of the Bulls.


"El Toro Bravo" (Episode 12, Season 1 of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)
Mixing books and bulls.

Mixing books and bulls.

Clara mentioned Ernest Hemingway's description of Pamplona, a reference to the 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises. Hemingway visited the Running of the Bulls ceremony six times before his death.


"El Toro Bravo" (Episode 12, Season 1 of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)
Say what?

Say what?

The Vasconia Plaza memorial reads: "Honoring those who fought for freedom and in doing so sacrificed theirs. May we honor the fallen, creating the future they dreamed of. July 6th, 1978."


"El Toro Bravo" (Episode 12, Season 1 of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)
Rules for running.

Rules for running.

Monty discussed some regulations in the Running of the Bulls event, including rules against running with cellphones and touching bulls. Other rules include prohibitions from standing in blind spots or doorways, wearing clothes deemed inappropriate for running, and running behind the bulls.


"El Toro Bravo" (Episode 12, Season 1 of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)
What's in a name?

What's in a name?

The name of the UnSub's father, Xavi Alonso, was inspired by a Spanish soccer star born in the Basque region of Spain.


"El Toro Bravo" (Episode 12, Season 1 of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)
A new furry friend.

A new furry friend.

The episode's climactic end was filmed at the Pico Riveria Sports Arena, a venue that houses horses and hosts rodeos and concerts. Production took over the location for two days and the team even brought in its own bull, named Shadow.


"El Toro Bravo" (Episode 12, Season 1 of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)

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