The final image of "The Shield" is one you will never see coming, yet is wholly earned by episodes leading up to the finale. Ryan says he’s planned this moment for about three or four years. He also described marathon meetings with writers to help generate ideas for the fates of the characters. “I was always suspicious about any ideas that came to us in the first hour or two," he says. "My feeling is if it came to us quickly that it would come to others as well. So we'd knock our heads together for five hours more."Hibberd also thinks some fans may not like the ending. Find all of his story on the screening here. Capone has the lowdown on what I regard as another excellent installment, the one airing tonight.
Oct. 28, 2008, 2:30 a.m. CST
by alice 13
WTF!!!!!!!!!!!! i bet ronnie tells claudette shane may have killed lem.
Oct. 28, 2008, 2:42 a.m. CST
and Ronnie is going to do it. That's my guess anyway!
Oct. 28, 2008, 3:45 a.m. CST
Just when you think Vic is gonna be all right, the shot rings out from behind, Vic falls and there stands Cassidy with the smoking gun. He shouldn't have grabbed her arm so hard.
Oct. 28, 2008, 7:57 a.m. CST
...and Cassidy will give the testimony that puts her father away for good.
Oct. 28, 2008, 8:14 a.m. CST
...which says they did something different with the closing credits of the last show, I believe they will show Vic getting processed for jail or taking the long walk to his prison cell.
Oct. 28, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST
Oct. 28, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST
I can live with whatever happens to Vic as long as Assinvader doesn't come out ok that guy deserves to suffer.
Oct. 28, 2008, 9:16 a.m. CST
You kinda gave a little too much away pal! First you make it clear that Vic and Ronnie decide Mara needs to go too then you say that Vic and Shane meet and 1 of them ends up dead or arrested. Obviously its not Vic because this ain't the last episode so it seems pretty obvious Mara kills Shane which gives Vic a reason to let Mara and her kid go.
Oct. 28, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST
by two fathoms deep
but my friend does. I've seen several episodes and he keeps me updated on what happens. Just call it laziness; I don't feel like watching 7 seasons worth of a show in a month. Anyway, I think Shane is going to come out on top. That sniveling asshole.
Oct. 28, 2008, 11:05 a.m. CST
And it clearlhy says Vic is in the last two episodes, so no real spoilers in the review of this week's... The final scene is Dutch going to prison, not Vic. Remember a long time ago when Dutch choked the cat to death, but it hasn't been touched on since? I'll bet Dutch has four or five bodies in his basement.
Oct. 28, 2008, 11:40 a.m. CST
that's why the "arrested" is mentioned. Shane will be arrested while giving Mara a chance to escape. This is why Mara is pissed off at the end and Vic's wife tries to convince her to give herself up.
Oct. 28, 2008, 12:17 p.m. CST
by Pops Freshemeyer
Whatever happened to the rumor from two or three seasons ago that Aceveda was going to get Selena'd while campaigning for mayor?
Oct. 28, 2008, 1:08 p.m. CST
That would sure make Vic's life easier. Maybe that was confused with the guy from the filebox that got popped two weeks ago...
Oct. 28, 2008, 1:47 p.m. CST
Its a spoiler because Shane either dies or is arrested and I don't see him giving himself up without taking Vic with him. If he wanted to turn himself in he could get protection for Mara so Vic couldn't get to her and if he goes to jail he'll have the same problem Lem had Antwon would be able to get to him so he dies either at his own hand or else Mara shoots him in the back.
Oct. 28, 2008, 1:50 p.m. CST
My guess is Vic is caught going after Shane and Claudette makes good on her threat to throw him in jail.
Oct. 28, 2008, 2:16 p.m. CST
I love that all the Coaxial reviewers try to imitate Herc's style, but this is way too spoilery. Herc never gave away important plot points, he just vaguely hinted as to where the episode headed. I regretted reading this even though I'm all caught up.
Oct. 28, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST
In case anyone is interested, Amazon.com has dropped the price of "The Shield" Season Six from $40 to $35. Still not a great price considering that season six is only ten episodes in length (and is, IMO, the least greatest season of the series). I've bought the previous five seasons, but may have to wait until season six hits $30 or less.
Oct. 28, 2008, 3 p.m. CST
by The real Jack Bauer
the dreaded incriminating pics of Ass-a-veda, come back to haunt him at the very end. Final scene after Ass-a-veda gets elected mayor... a mysterious picture sized envelope arrives...
Oct. 28, 2008, 3:28 p.m. CST
by Jason B. Swaim
I agree with you. Vic will indeed be thrown in the can, albeit for a short time. This will be a good episode, but I expect no shockers; yet.
Oct. 28, 2008, 4:01 p.m. CST
by The Funketeer
As long as it doesn't end with a Journey song, I'll be happy. I hope David Chase is watching this season so he can learn how to end a series.
Oct. 28, 2008, 4:02 p.m. CST
by The Funketeer
I didn't read the spoilers above because I don't want to see anything coming but I think Tavon still has a part to play this season. Could be he'll help take Shane down. I think that cat remembers more than he's letting on.
Oct. 28, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST
by alice 13
johnny cash- gods gonna cut you down. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e0EQlQXoEo
Oct. 28, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST
by The real Jack Bauer
Will FX give us their word that there will be ABSOLUTELY NO Mutha' Fucking screen compression as the final screen credits roll. If there are added IMPORTANT scenes as the credits roll, I'd like to fucking see them rather than a screen compression and a voice over about the next hottest program coming soon. If they compress, will be an unforgivable fan breech and slap in the face of all that have followed faithfully for the past seven years,,,,,jeesh
Oct. 28, 2008, 6:26 p.m. CST
We still have five episodes to go. I get the feeling Claudette has Vic under surveillance in some way and swoops in to arrest Shane before Vic can do him in.
Oct. 28, 2008, 6:43 p.m. CST
Shit hits the fan, Vic kills Shane, Ronnie is revealed as the final Cylon, All along the watchtower kicks in and Vic finds earth.
Oct. 28, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST
What do people get out of making "joke" alternate endings for what they think will happen in Talkbacks like Kampy0Jay just did above? It happens in every damn thread and I'm not sure it's ever once been actually funny.
Oct. 28, 2008, 9:09 p.m. CST
Who cares? I think its funny. I think its just part of being on this site for too long. Those who post this stupid shit sometimes get me through my day. Its like they are entitled to do it cause they've been around the site for so long; and it awesome that they dont take themselves so serious. Look at the other talkbacks, people get excited when someone like "dannyglover'sdickblood" shows their face to say something absurd and off color.
Oct. 28, 2008, 9:10 p.m. CST
I really dont want this show to end.
Oct. 28, 2008, 9:12 p.m. CST
If I see another journey cut to black moment I will forever boycott tv. At least the Wire got it right.
Oct. 28, 2008, 9:34 p.m. CST
look on Aceveda''s face was priceless
Oct. 28, 2008, 10:04 p.m. CST
Capone: Yes. Episode: No.
Oct. 28, 2008, 10:09 p.m. CST
Oct. 28, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST
I am sure your closely following this talkback just to see the amount of nerdrage you have generated =) <p> I won't spoil anything in the episode other then it was interesting to see Vic almost instantly regret turning in his badge in the last episode. It's hard out there on the streets for a bad ass rogue cop without a badge.
Oct. 28, 2008, 10:28 p.m. CST
where Dutch boy takes one in the forehead. I figured they'd drag that out longer.
Oct. 28, 2008, 10:41 p.m. CST
One of the two did, indeed, experience death or arrest this episode. Remember the hospital scene mid-episode?
Oct. 28, 2008, 10:42 p.m. CST
Oct. 28, 2008, 10:43 p.m. CST
Duh! :)<br /><br /> I still say the last scene of the show will be Vic's dead body leaning up against a cold concrete wall, his brains splattered against it. The shot will pan out slowly and everyone will assume that Cassidy or Shane or Ronnie might've done it, but it'll just be a suicide. The editing will sell the 'murder' until the shot pans out to sell the suicide.<br /><br /> Or not, but hey, that's how I'd do it.
Oct. 28, 2008, 10:53 p.m. CST
send out one ending via satellite, a different one via cable. Talk about f'ing up a talkback!<br><br>I still think it'll end with Vic walking away clean, he's lost his family, lost his job, his daughter comits suicide, but walks away free. Claudette dies in the Barn from Lupus, Dutch takes over. Ronnie dies taking down Shane.
Oct. 29, 2008, 1:12 a.m. CST
1) Vic commits suicide 2) Ronnie kills Vic 3) the gangsters kill Vic
Oct. 29, 2008, 2:21 a.m. CST
Vic will be eating in a Diner with Corrine and his daughter. Someone walks in and Vic looks up and the screen goes black. cue the Stones
Oct. 29, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST
We get it. We all saw the Sopranos. Move on.
Oct. 29, 2008, 7:49 a.m. CST
Oct. 29, 2008, 9:03 a.m. CST
Shane and Mara breaking into an unoccupied mansion is a twist? You are using that word loosely.
Oct. 29, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST
Shawn Ryan mentioned that if they thought of the ending immediately, then he didn't want to use it as fans would come up with it as well. To me, the most obvious endings are 1) Vic gets shot. 2) Vic gets arrested. So ruling these two types of endings out, what are we left with? Unless Ryan means that the person who shoots Vic is the twist. Ah well, we'll see.
Oct. 29, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST
That was a fantastic episode. Holy shit, did it ratchet up the intensity between Vic and Shane, as well as Vic and everyone else.<p> Seems like Vic's only chance for a positive outcome is to kill Shane and Mora, even though I have huge reservations about him doing this. He's done with the Police, obviously, so his only "in" is likely with the FBI in some capacity.<p> Aside from Vic, though, the creepy unfolding of Rita and her psychotic son was pretty riveting too. Dutch has the uncanny ability to recognize true sociopathic personalities, so him trying to protect Rita from her own son is a law enforcement drama I've never seen before. So creepy and insidious, yet sad as hell. I'm very interested to see how it'll unfold, and whether Dutch will have to step up big time to save her. What a fucked up story. I love it.<p> Can't wait for next week!
Oct. 29, 2008, 1:58 p.m. CST
I wonder if Dutch may try to take down the young serial killer in a manner similar to the way Billings handled the child molester in this episode?
Oct. 29, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST
Oh, and I'm also wondering if the mom may have some involvement in the young serial killer's actions...
Oct. 29, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST
Dutch is gonna choke that kid just like he choked the cat way back in season three - or was it four?
Oct. 29, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST
The young serial killer kills Vic.
Oct. 29, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST
There's a cool show waiting to happen.
Oct. 29, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST
I doubt that "The Shield" will go the route of having Dutch turn into a full-on serial killer. There simply isn't enough time left to flesh out a story of that type, plus "Dexter" has that base covered already.
Oct. 29, 2008, 10:50 p.m. CST
by Rich Malone
Can I say that I hate the 'Corine' character? She's always whining about being hurt, or offended, or upset and sad...what real woman stabs the father of her children in the rear? True, they've had their shares of disagreements, to say the least. But she understands that Vic loves his family, and would do anything to protect them. And she believes that dumb bird Maura over Vic. Bitch lives in a dreamworld. I hope she od's on pills, which might be where that character is going anyway....
Oct. 29, 2008, 11:15 p.m. CST
Neither were killed nor arrested. One was "detained". To be arrested, you would be taken to the station and processed. No arrest was made here.
Oct. 29, 2008, 11:17 p.m. CST
Shane, Ronnie and Vic make up and once a Dutch's trail of bodies is uncovered, they pin Lem's murder and Ronnie's attempted murder on Dutch. They then go out for beers and have a good laugh at Dutchboy's expense.
Oct. 29, 2008, 11:20 p.m. CST
..the Strike Team figures out a way to pin Terry Crowley's murder on Dutch too. Dutch goes to prison and has to share a cell with Antwan Mitchell. Wyms and Aceveda are still suspicious of the striketeam.
Oct. 30, 2008, 7:24 a.m. CST
that the daughter will shoot Vic.
Oct. 30, 2008, 8:34 a.m. CST
Nice to see him do more than kick his feet up on the desk and eat a doughnut
Oct. 30, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST
If this story was leading to Cassidy shooting Vic, then there would be some sort of build up to that event besides scenes of a pubescent girl rebelling against her cop dad. At the least, we would probably have seen that Cassidy had somehow acquired a gun. "I'm gonna find my father, and I'm gonna kill him" is not going to happen.