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On the series finale of Justified, the episode starts off with Raylan in custody. Avery Markham has Ava and is questioning her about the money that Boyd has of his. Ava reveals that her uncle had a hand in helping her with the money, though he wasn’t responsible for taking it.

While Raylan is in police custody, Boyd is up at Uncle Zachariah’s. Ava calls her uncle’s and Boyd answers, but Ava pretends her uncle is still alive, that Boyd didn’t kill him. She organizes a meeting with a reluctant Boyd in order to smooth things temporarily with Markham.

Raylan is rescued by Art Mullen from police custody and in the meantime, Boyd is fending off the cops with dynamite. Boyd then rescues Ava by shooting Markham to death, but he also scares Ava by making her think he’s going to shoot her as well. Then Raylan shows up just in time. As Boyd is out of bullets, Raylan hands him another gun to fight with, but Boyd doesn’t want to … Just when you think the boys are going to battle it out to the death, the police show up and take Boyd away in cuffs. Ava tries to negotiate a deal with Raylan over the money she’s hidden, but he won’t bite. As the two are driving, a pickup truck crashes into them from behind and Boone is the driver. Boone and Raylan each get out of their cars for a confrontation and Raylan tells Ava to stay down in the car. In a quick draw, the two men shoot each other and a bullet is shown going through Raylan’s hat. Boone dies on the road and Raylan’s just been grazed by the bullet. As Raylan comes to, Ava speeds away in his car.

Raylan packs up his desk at the office and prepares to leave town, though he feels a little incomplete. The episode skips to four years later in Miami, Florida and Raylan is hanging out on a playground with his daughter. He’s co-parenting with her mother and skips out on dinner to help transport a prisoner to the Glades.

The episode then moves to California, where Raylan finds Ava on her family’s ranch. Raylan questions Ava about how she got out of town and comes to the conclusion that Wynn Duffy helped her. Then Ava tries to plead with Raylan not to arrest her because she has a young son, who she named Zachariah. Ava begs Raylan to never tell Boyd about her son’s existence and Raylan agrees to not “take her in.”

As for Boyd, he spends his days preaching in prison. Unexpectedly, Raylan visits him and tells Boyd that he actually found Ava, but shows him a fake death certificate. Raylan tells Boyd that he believes he really loved Ava and that she died three years ago after falling asleep behind the wheel. Raylan does this so that Boyd never goes looking for Ava ever again. Boyd is calm, but visibly upset. He then asks Raylan why he came all the way to deliver this news in person and Raylan said he felt it was the kind of news that should be told face to face. He also was feeling a bit “sentimental.”

And that’s where it all ends.

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You left out the tag line at the end between Rylan and Boyd…COME ON.

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In the series finale of ‘The Newsroom’, Will McAvoy gives up being a news anchor and joins a Country-Western band! Well, that’s exactly what it may have felt like to viewers who tuned in late to the episode. As series enders go, there isn’t a whole lot to complain about here. The episode serves very much as an epilogue to everything that came before it.

The episode begins during the church service for Charlie Skinner’s funeral, where we see most of our characters, except for Mac, who’s outside taking a phone call. When she returns to her seat in the church, she tells Will that she’s seven weeks pregnant.

The finale then flashes back (as it will numerous times) to the events of the show’s very first episode – beginning with a scene we’ve seen before when Will first runs into Maggie. Soon, it shows us brand-new scenes, starting with a post-work dinner that Charlie has with Will, in which Charlie asks Will if he’s ever had any desire to become a father.

Back in the present day, everyone gets into limos to take the drive to the burial site. We learn that Maggie has been offered an interview for a Field Producer job in Washington, D.C., and that Jim recommended her for the position. This, naturally, leads to some additional angst between the two. Maggie believes that Jim may have recommended her for the job because he doesn’t see a future for them as a couple.

Meanwhile, Don and Sloan ride in the car with Will, and tell him what happened shortly before Charlie’s death. Sloan hopes that Will will tell her that Charlie’s heart attack wasn’t her fault, but as Don humorously points out, Will likes to slowly plot out his revenge.

Leona (Jane Fonda) pulls Mac into Lucas Pruit’s limo. Leona gets on Pruit’s case about some of the sexist things he does, and advises him that the best way to run his news organization is to put someone in charge that he’ll fight with all the time and want to fire every day. That, my friends, is Aaron Sorkin’s idea of a subtle hint about who will get Charlie’s job.

Flashing back to the past once again, Charlie visits a bowling alley where he meets MacKenzie and recruits her for the job as Will’s Executive Producer on ‘News Night’. Also, we see Sloan meet Don for the first time, and Mac goes to the campus interview that got Will in so much trouble way back in the series opener. A later flashback has Mac calling Charlie and telling him that she’ll take the job, then going to visit Jim (who’s living in an empty apartment because he just broke up with a girlfriend and let her take most of their stuff) to recruit him to work at ACN with her.

In case you’re wondering if Neal ever made it back to the U.S., we get a scene where he returns to the newsroom. (It’s mysterious why he didn’t go to Charlie’s funeral instead, but I’m guessing that Dev Patel’s footage may have been shot weeks prior to the rest of this episode. He confronts the ACN Digital team and rakes them over the coals for running a story about the most overrated movies of all time. Yeah, any web site or blog that would do that is clearly evil (cough, cough)! Neal tells them he’s shutting the site down for a week to do a complete overhaul of the Digital department.

Things move from the grave site back to Charlie’s home, where the post-funeral wake takes place. There, Skinner’s widow (Joanna Gleason) gives Don an envelope she says Charlie wanted him to have. Inside is one of Charlie’s bow ties, which Don will pass on to Sloan before the finale wraps up.

Now for the fun (some would say bizarre) part of the finale, where Will meets up with two of Charlie’s grandchildren and starts jamming with the oldest one in the family garage, singing “How I Got to Memphis,” which was a song playing on the radio in a flashback scene earlier in the episode. Jim (whom we’ve also seen playing a guitar in a different flashback) soon joins the duo. Who’d have thought that McAvoy was actually a better singer than he is a newsman? I didn’t dislike this scene, but it seems odd and (one guesses) was probably only inserted into the finale because Sorkin wanted to show viewers that Jeff Daniels’ actually has some musical talent.

The episode… and the series… ends with everyone back in the newsroom. Pruit has given Charlie’s old job to Mac (like we didn’t see that coming, though personally I would have given it to Don), while Jim gets Mac’s old job as Will’s Executive Producer. Maggie tells Jim that she’s still going to the interview in D.C., and Jim tells her in return that if she gets the job, he still plans to visit her every weekend. The final shot is of Will going on the air and saying “Good Evening.”

The finale is basically Sorkin wrapping everything up in a bow (or is that bow tie?) for fans of the show. It’s a little sappy and sentimental (especially that musical number, which really seems out of place), but there’s nothing here that should rile up critics the way last week’s rape subplot seemed to. It was also nice that the finale found a way – via flashbacks – to give Sam Waterston a chance to play a few final scenes as Charlie Skinner, since he was really the heart and soul of this show, even more than Jeff Daniels’ character.

On the whole, I think that this final season was much better than Season 2, which I didn’t much care for at all, but still not quite as good as Season 1, which many viewers disliked but I thought was close to perfect. Aaron Sorkin has claimed that he’s done with TV for a while. Let’s hope that’s not the case. As controversial as it could be at times, I loved ‘The Newsroom’ for its witty banter, sharp dialogue, and for taking a stand (whether I agreed or disagreed) on topical issues. I’ll miss this show quite a bit.

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Very frustrating finale. Although it had some pretty good character moments, the story was… well, there wasn’t one. This was a self-congratulatory victory lap episode for a show that never actually won its race.

What was the point of making Mac pregnant? What does that add to the show in its final moments, other than to fulfill the cliche that a woman can never be fulfilled until she has a family?

How ironic it is that Sorkin has a character lecture Pruit about his “woman problem” when Sorkin himself writes his female characters very badly and (as evidenced by the fallout from last week’s episode) treats his female staffers worse than the fictional Pruit does.

No acknowledgement at all that Sloan’s evisceration of web lackey Bree on air would have instantly gone viral and brought the network tons of those new viewers that Pruit craves. Because Aaron Sorkin still doesn’t actually understand how the internet, television or popular culture work.

As unlikable as Jim has always been, he has never been more unlikable than this episode. What a horrible prick he is.

Bree has been consistently portrayed as a despicable character, so it’s not exactly like I want to sympathize with or stand up for him. However, when Neal returned and chastised Bree for “embarrassing” him, I felt like Bree should have shot back: “Hey Neal, how was the weather in South America? You know, that place you had to hide for the last few months because you committed treason and fled from justice. Remind me why you did that, again? Oh yeah, because you, the friggin’ web admin, got a big head and thought you could play investigative reporter for a big story that never even aired. That’s right. So, what were you just saying about us embarrassing you?”

Josh Zyber

You know, it’s funny that when I think back to early Aaron Sorkin scripts like A Few Good Men or Malice, the arrogant, self-righteous authority figures who think they know everything and can dictate how the rest of the world should be are the villains. But as Sorkin’s style has evolved, now they’re the heroes in his eyes.

I bet he looks back at A Few Good Men and really laments how unfairly Col. Jessup got shafted for being good at his job.

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Game of Thrones Season 6 Finale Recap

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Game of Thrones Season 6 finale recap

The Game of Thrones season 6 finale opens with a beautifully-constructed sequence showing everyone getting ready for Loras and Cersei’s trial. Cersei looks like she is dressing for battle. Tommen adorns himself with the crown jewels. Margaery has her hair done simply. High Sparrow puts on a plain dressing gown. Loras, scared and shivering, is dragged from his cell and into the Sept as is. As people file into the Sept, Pycelle stiffs a prostitute (not literally) and is interrupted by a little boy who whispers into his ear.

Margaery stands with her father in the gallery. Tommen is still in his room, looking sad. The High Sparrow starts the trial, and Loras freely admits to his crimes: sleeping with other men and perjuring himself before the gods. He humbles himself, and accepts whatever punishment the High Sparrow sees fit. But he wants to devote his life to the gods and offers to abandon the Tyrell name and all that goes with it. He will never marry, never procreate, and fight to defend his state against heretics. The High Sparrow accepts this, and several of the Sparrows hold Loras down while Lancel carves the symbol into his forehead. Margaery has to hold her father back.

With the branding done, the High Sparrow realizes that Cersei is not yet at the Sept, so he sends Lancel to fetch her from the Red Keep. Cersei is still in her room, unconcerned and enjoying a glass of wine. Tommen, finally ready to head to the trial, finds his way blocked by the Mountain. As Lancel leaves the Sept, he sees a young boy scurry along an otherwise empty street. For whatever reason, Lancel follows the child instead of going to get Cersei.

Pycelle has followed the child into Qyburn’s laboratory, where he finds Qyburn, and a young child with a knife. “Before we can usher in the new, the old must be put to rest,” Qyburn says. A half-dozen children, the Little Birds, all with knives in their hands, advance on Pycelle and brutally, bloodily stab Pycelle to death.

Lancel has followed his own Little Bird into a deep, dark cellar. The child has disappeared, and left only his torch flickering on the floor. The child jumps out of the darkness and stabs Lancel in the spine, paralyzing him. He sees a light in the distance and crawls towards it with great difficulty.

Back at the Sept, Margaery is concerned. Cersei isn’t there, Tommen isn’t there. She tells the High Sparrow that the trial can wait; “We all need to leave.” She is dismissed, so she goes to Loras and tries to escape, along with the others in the gallery. The Faith Militant prevent anyone from leaving.

In the cellar, Lancel has finally arrived at the glow. There are three candles, melted down almost to the stump, floating in a glowing puddle of neon green wildfire. The candle burns down, and in a second, the wildfire is set alight. A neon green explosion rumbles through the cellar and evaporates the Sept and everyone inside. Cersei watches the explosion with a calm smile. Tommen, still in his room, watches from the window, dumbstruck. The Mountain is no longer necessary; he slips away quietly. A messenger delivers the news to Tommen with a simple, “I’m very sorry.” Tommen, still glued to his window, removes his crown and walks off-screen. The Sept smokes in the distance. When Tommen steps back into frame, he steps into the window and calmly drops to his death.

Cersei has decided to celebrate with a little torture. She has Unella tied to a table, pouring wine on her and demanding she confess. Cersei wants her to admit it felt good torturing Cersei. Unella is ready to meet her gods, but Cersei mocks her. She’s not going to die today; not for awhile. The Mountain comes in, and he removes his helmet. In the dim lighting, we can just barely make out the scars on his face. “Your gods have forsaken you. This is your god now.” Cersei calls “shame” as she seals them into the room. Later, she insists that Qyburn show her Tommen’s corpse and insists that he be cremated, his ashes buried where the Sept once stood.

The Frey and Lannister armies are feasting together over their victory at Riverrun. Jaime plays wingman for Bronn and he goes off with a couple of bar wenches. Walder joins Jaime and tells him his father would be proud. Jaime mocks him, but Walder doesn’t care. “We are two kingslayers,” he says. Jaime points out that no one fears the Freys; they fear the Lannisters, who basically have to come in and clean up after them. “Why do we need you?” Jaime asks pointedly. Whatever alliance Walder was hoping for or expecting is not going to happen.

Later, Walder is dining alone, and asks his serving wench where his sons are. “They are already here my lord,” she says. Walder is confused – they are alone. He enquires again, and again she repeats that they are here. But this time she gestures to the meat pie he has just started to eat. He looks at the pie in horror, and the wench tells her that they weren’t easy to carve up. Suddenly the wench pulls off her face. It was a mask, and underneath is Arya. “My name is Arya Stark. I want you to know the last thing you will see is a Stark smiling down on you as you die.” She slits his throat and smiles as he chokes to death. I love that girl so damn much.

Sam, Gilly, and the baby make it to the Citadel. Sam is full of nervous excitement when he hands his letter of introduction from Jon Snow over to the functionary. The functionary is strictly by-the-book, and is not happy that he did not receive notice that the other maester is dead, but agrees he can meet with the archmaester. Until then, Sam will have access to the library, but that is all. Gilly and the baby cannot come. Sam moves through the stacks, and eventually comes to the center of the library. It is enormous, well lit, filled with artwork, and more books than could be read in a hundred lifetimes. Sam is in heaven.

Jon is reminiscing in the dining hall of Winterfell with Melisandre when Davos comes in and throws Shireen’s toy at her. Davos demands she admit to what she did. “We burned her at the stake,” Melisandre says, ashamed yet not apologetic. She insists it was the only way; that she was just doing as her lord commanded. Davos doesn’t accept this, and Melisandre defends herself by pointing out that Shireen’s mother and father both burned her, too. She also insists she didn’t lie; she was just wrong. “How many died because you were wrong?” Davos challenges. He asks Jon to execute Melisandre for murder. She insists that she can help with the “great war,” the “army of the dead,” and that the lord is not done with her yet. Jon makes his decision: she rides south today and she lives. If she returns north, he will have her hanged. Davos threatens to kill her as she leaves.

Jon watches Melisandre ride away from Winterfell when Sansa joins him. He is having Ned and Catelyn’s room prepared for her, but she thinks he should have the master bedroom. “I’m not a Stark,” Jon says, but “you are to me,” says Sansa. He asks if she trusts Littlefinger. “Only a fool would,” she says bitterly. Sansa apologizes for not telling him about the Vale army. Jon tells her that they need to trust each other. They can’t afford to fight a war between themselves. He kisses her on the forehead, and she tells him a white raven came from the Citadel. Winter is here. Jon smiles. “Father always promised, didn’t he?”

Olenna meets with Ellaria and the Sand Snakes in Dorne. She has no patience for the girls, and very little patience for Ellaria, who wants to be allies with the Tyrells. Cersei killed Olenna’s son and grandchildren; she is not after survival. Ellaria offers her something different: vengeance. She rings a bell and Varys appears, offering “fire and blood.”

Daenerys tells Daario that she doesn’t want him to come with them to Westeros. He is to stay in Meereen with the Second Sons to keep the peace and help the people choose their own leaders. Daario does not like this: “I am here for you, not them.” Dany points out that the best way to make alliances is with marriage – or promises of marriage. It wouldn’t do for her to arrive with her lover. Daario doesn’t care if he is the “mistress,” he just wants her. She still refuses and Daario blames Tyrion for telling her to do this. Dany bristles: no one tells her what to do. Specific orders will be left for him, and she has renamed Slaver’s Bay as Bay of Dragons. Dany bids him farewell without so much as a goodbye kiss.

Tyrion waits for her in the antechamber. In a weak attempt to comfort her, he points out that self-sacrifice make for a good ruler. She is in the “great game” now and asks if she is afraid. What frightens Dany is that she said goodbye to a man who loved her, whom she thought she cared for, and felt nothing. Tyrion has been asked to “believe” in things his whole life. Sometimes it was tempting, but then he saw where it got people – until now. “I believe in you.” Dany presents him with a large pin, which she places on his tunic and names him the hand of the queen. Tyrion kneels before her in acceptance.

Littlefinger finds Sansa beneath a tree that she played under as a child. She regrets praying for what she wanted, not for what she had. Littlefinger admits that he dreams of seeing himself on the Iron Throne – with Sansa at his side. He leans in for a kiss, and she stops him gently. As Sansa leaves, Littlefinger reminds her that she is the future of House Stark. “Who should the north rally behind, you or a motherless bastard born in the south?”

Benjen takes Bran and Meera to the foot of the wall, explaining that the wall is spelled to prevent the dead from crossing it. This is as far as he goes, but he promises to fight for the living as long as he can. He leaves them, and Meera helps Bran get close to the weirwood tree. Meera worries that he isn’t ready for this; Bran says he has to be.

Bran is transported back to the vision of his young father at the Tower of Joy. Ned goes inside, following the pained cries of his sister Lyanna. He finds her in bed, covered in blood. She tries to be brave, but she doesn’t want to die. She pulls Ned close, whispering to him. We only hear snippets of what she has to say. “You have to protect him.” “If he finds out he will kill him.” “Promise me you will.” A baby is placed in Ned’s arms. This is clearly Jon. The scene dissolves to adult Jon, just in case you need it spelled out, but let’s stay here for a second. Ned is not Jon’s biological father; he is his uncle. So Jon still has Stark blood, mixed with what I imagine is Targaryen blood. Of course, we still don’t know definitively who Jon’s father is. I would guess that his father is Rhaegar Targaryen since that is who kidnapped Lyanna. That would make Jon Daenerys’ nephew, not brother like all the internet rumors have suggested. Of course, the Mad King could have fathered Jon, making him and Dany siblings.

Now, in present day, Jon and Sansa sit before their army in the Great Hall. Jon warns that their true enemy won’t wait out the storm; they bring the storm. Lyanna Mormont stands and addresses several of the other lords who initially refused Jon Snow’s call. “The north remembers. We know no king but a Stark. I don’t care if he is a bastard; Stark blood runs through his veins. He is our king!” Wyman Manderly stands and calls him the White Wolf; other lords ask forgiveness for not fighting beside him initially. Everyone in the Great Hall stands, raises their swords, and declare Jon the king of the north. Jon stands and Sansa smile proudly, until she notices Littlefinger giving her an odd look. She is unsettled.

Jaime and Bronn lead their men back to King’s Landing, and in the distance, see a huge smoldering pit where the Sept once was. This can’t be good.

Cersei, with a full court following behind her, enters the throne room. Jaime slips in through a side door and arrives just in time to see Qyburn pronounce her the queen of the Seven Kingdoms.

I can’t imagine Cersei’s reign will be long. Daenerys’ tremendous fleet of boats is sailing across the ocean, her dragons flying protectively overhead. Varys is aboard Dany’s ship, and has brought with him Tyrell and Martell ships. In addition to the Greyjoy ships, and whatever the Unsullied were able to scrape together… that’s a lot of damned ships.

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