According to EW, the CBS series will introduce Lisbon's new beau on the second half of season 6 (which kicks off Jan. 5).
The yet-to-be cast boyfriend is set to appear in episodes 15 or 16.
Meanwhile, The Mentalist showrunner Bruno Heller echoed his thoughts on Lisbon's upcoming arc in the romance department, read his statement below:
“In order for her to fulfill herself — even if she eventually fulfills herself with Jane, which she may or may not do — she has to find other relationships, other perspectives, other people who love her, just to feel fully who she is,” executive producer Bruno Heller says. “It’s very important for her to be able to step away from Jane and see herself for herself.”
“That’s an arc that we’re going to be watching develop through the back end of this season. Now that Red John is gone, both Jane and Lisbon are sort of psychically free to wake up and look around and what they see when they wake up from that nightmare is each other,” he says. “And how that relationship develops and how they sort of start working out who they are to each other is a big part of how the rest of this season unfolds.”
'The Mentalist' airs every Sunday at 10PM ET on CBS.