If you’re fascinated by your own mortality and intrigued by sadistic characters, you’re not a weirdo — you’re a Rizzoli & Isles fan! And hey, we empathize. Those lovely lady detectives know how to find the bad guys and get caught up in their own share of trouble while they’re at it.
The duo is back!
This TNT show has been renewed for a fourth season, meaning you can get your morbid, heart-pounding fix for 15 episodes starting June 25. Here’s what you need to know.
It’s not for the faint of heart
Investigators Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles don’t live in a land of unicorns, rainbows and cotton candy. They live in a world of cut flesh, pools of blood and body bags. The victims might be dead, but the duo lives for bringing justice to them. In the past three seasons, Rizzoli and Isles have investigated everything from exorcism deaths to underground sex parties, so if you’re ready for a little Riz’ & Isles, it’s best to leave prudishness at the door — or at least lock the door behind you to keep your slasher-loving secret safe.
The backstory is based on The Surgeon
The show is inspired by Tess Gerritsen’s series of books starring Rizzoli and Isles, which takes readers on a journey following a serial killer. The Surgeon series is told from the investigator’s standpoint, leaving the killer’s mysterious ways a perplexing puzzle throughout the books.
The creepy Charles Hoyt is the killer
That serial killer is eventually found to be Charles Hoyt, who gives the investigators plenty of terrifying trouble throughout the series. He’s a troubling character who was kicked out of medical school for touching the corpses — ahem — inappropriately, and he uses his intricate knowledge of human anatomy to cut up and torture countless victims. Rizzoli and Isles are hot on his trail, and he’s hot on theirs, too. Both parties have some serious scars to prove it.
Amaury Nolasco will guest star on Season 4
You know him from the small screen on Prison Break and from the big screen in Transformers, but the tough-tempered Amaury Nolasco will take on an intriguingly intense role in Season 4 in which he’s bound to get in the way of Rizzoli and Isles’ work. He’ll play Lt. Detective Rafael Martinez, who has a tricky past with Rizzoli. That will force her to relive painful experiences, but hey, at least we’ll have some eye candy as Rizzoli works out her worries.