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Capone’s Seen Tonight’s SHIELD And The Hollywood Reporter’s Hibberd Has Seen The Finale!!

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James Hibberd of the Hollywood Reporter attended a Monday afternoon screening of the final two “Shield” episodes with series mastermind Shawn Ryan. Says Hibberd:
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.

Hello again everyone. Capone in Chicago here in Coaxial. After this episode, there are four episodes and counting in "The Shield's" Final Act. From this point forward if you aren't 100 percent caught up with the current season, I'm going to advise you not to read my summaries of the final three episodes that I've seen (Episodes 7.9-7.11). The final episode of "The Shied" airs November 25, and on my wall calendar at home, I've got a bag black circle around that date with a sad little rain cloud drawn over it. That will be a dark day indeed, and I can't wait to find out just how dark we're talking about. Let's move on… Title? MOVING DAY Writers? Adam E. Fierro, writer of 11 prior episodes of "The Shield," he is also one of the show's co-executive producers, and staff writer Lisa Randolph, who also did Episode 7.4 this season and one episode from last season. She's also written an episode of "Gilmore Girls." Director? Guy Ferland, director of 10 episodes (including the premiere episode of this season), as well as episodes of "The Riches," "Sleeper Cell," and "Prison Break." Where did we leave off? Corrine makes a deal with Vic--she'll help him find Shane if he stays away from their kids forever. Vic turns in his gun and badge so he can hunt Shane unencumbered by Claudette. Shane and Mara are on the run. Where to we pick up? Vic and Ronnie break into Shane's place to look for clues where he might have run. All they find is prescription meds for Shane's son, left behind by accident, which means that might be how they track Shane down. Vic and Ronnie agree that Mara probably knows too much about things the Strike Team has pulled in the past, and she might be a liability that needs to be dealt with as well. Before the episode is done, Vic and Ronnie come to an understanding about Shane and Mora's fate. Hey, don't other cops work in the Barn too? Dutch is still attempting to get close with Rita, the mother (Frances Fisher) of a teen boy he believes deliberately killed a classmate earlier this season and is showing serial killer tendencies. When we first see Dutch in this episode, he's at Rita's place helping her clean dishes after a date-like meal. It's so date-like that the mom makes a move on our hero. Later in the episode, Rita comes into the Barn after her son has told her everything he and Dutch talked about; he has led his mother to believe Dutch is only trying to close to her to keep an eye on the boy. She's a little pissed. But later that same day, she ends up at Dutch's place to confess something to him about her boy. Oh, and Claudette announces that she's officially shutting down the Strike Team, which mean Julian gets bumped back down to his blues. Claudette announced to the squad that finding Shane is the team only priority and that the feds have been notified. She also confronts Ronnie about Vic's whereabouts and intentions in looking for Shane. Ronnie insists that Vic just wants Shane behind bars for a very specific reason and lets her in on a Strike Team secret that I did not expect him to let go up so easily. Billings ex-wife comes in to let him know that a registered sex offender has moved into the neighborhood where she and his daughter live. Billings and Dutch pay the guy a "courtesy" visit, but the RSO knows his rights and that these two are out of their jurisdiction. Later in the episode, Billings returns to the man's house, and the situation is far less civil. Where is Corrine right now? At home waiting for her 8pm phone call from Mara for an update on the police's effort to find her and Shane. It doesn't take Mara long to realize that Vic is also there on the line. Before the call is over, Vic and Shane are on the phone talking. How is Aceveda's campaign financing going? He meets with Pezuela about moving into a new campaign headquarters and war chest. There's another man in the room, clearly someone Pezuela is trying to impress. Rather than work with Aceveda, he's playing the tough guy with such classic lines as "The dick is in your ass." Aceveda retreats from the meeting and goes to the feds. The feds soon find out that the mystery man's name is Beltran and that he's on a worldwide federal watch list. Being the only person who knows what Beltran looks like suddenly gives Aceveda a little bit of juice with the feds. How and what is my favorite hot FBI agent doing? Vic meets with Agent Olivia Murray, and she updates him on the Beltran situation. Vic wants her to formalize their arrangement by putting him on the federal payroll, but the feds don't see him as much of valuable asset now that he's no longer a cop. Vic must prove them wrong. Where is Shane right now? Getting fake IDs, swapping cars, and trying to find a safe place to buy his son some much needed medication. The kid is in bad shape, and he may need to go to the hospital. Does Vic find the location of Shane and Mara's hotel? Yes. Do Vic and Shane come face to face in this episode? Yes. Does one of the two men end up dead or arrested before the episode is over? Yes. What I liked. I know this is going to sounds strange, but there's a twist involving Shane and Mara that reminded me so much of "The Riches," it made me laugh. It also happens to be a great twist. And Dutch continues to remind up what a beautifully written character he is. You also get the first signs that Ronnie might start to play both sides of the fence. He's keeping in mind that Vic might not be able to help him once the dust settles, and it might be good to keep Claudette close. What I didn't like. The episode is a little crowded with something like four or five plots going on, but they're so beautifully braided together, it's hard to get mad at too much of a good thing. How does it end? [Inviso-Text] Corrine gets her nightly phone call from a pissed-off Mara. Mara is encouraged to turn herself and the still very sick son in for the sake of Jackson and a second one on the way. -- Capone

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  • 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

    Sounds like Vic is going to die...

    by photoboy

    and Ronnie is going to do it. That's my guess anyway!

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 3:45 a.m. CST

    I've said it b4..I say it again...Cassidy kills

    by TheBoManKicksAssAndTakesBlame

    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

    It's gonna end in the courtroom...

    by art123guy

    ...and Cassidy will give the testimony that puts her father away for good.

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 8:14 a.m. CST

    After reading the James Hibberd article...

    by art123guy

    ...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


    by turketron


  • Oct. 28, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST

    The End

    by oogabooga

    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

    A little too spoilery Capone

    by oogabooga

    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

    I don't follow the show...

    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

    Read the HR interview

    by j_ky2002

    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

    Neither Vic or Shane dies in this episode...

    by dihay

    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

    Can't wait.

    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

    pops Freshemeyer...

    by j_ky2002

    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


    by oogabooga

    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

    About Vic or Shane's arrest/death.

    by BrandonGK

    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

    Herc needs to teach Capone how to do these

    by kesoze4

    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

    Season Six price has dropped a little...

    by MisterE

    In case anyone is interested, 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

    Something tells me

    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

    All jokes aside

    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.

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Fucking Screen Compression

    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

    Too early for Shane to die yet..

    by Ironmuskrat

    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

    I have it all figured out

    by Kampy0jay

    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 they get?

    by kesoze4

    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


    by mhennessey7

    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

    That being said

    by mhennessey7

    I really dont want this show to end.

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 9:12 p.m. CST


    by mhennessey7

    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

    DAMN!!!! LOL!

    by br1947

    look on Aceveda''s face was priceless

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Does one of the two men end up dead or arrested before the episo

    by theWarning

    Capone: Yes. Episode: No.

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 10:09 p.m. CST


    by boucon

    You lie!

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Nice one, Capone!

    by Ironmuskrat

    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

    Maybe he was thinking of Sons of Anarchy

    by br1947

    where Dutch boy takes one in the forehead. I figured they'd drag that out longer.

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Capone did not lie.

    by MisterE

    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

    MAD MEN alert! Matthew Weiner leaving????

    by nopix

  • Oct. 28, 2008, 10:43 p.m. CST

    "arrested" aka "Vic was detained"

    by Murraypalooza

    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

    They should really screw with us

    by br1947

    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

    my best guesses for the finale

    by belledame

    1) Vic commits suicide 2) Ronnie kills Vic 3) the gangsters kill Vic

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Rolling Stones paint it black

    by killianx

    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

    The fade to black finale jokes are getting waay old

    by catlettuce4

    We get it. We all saw the Sopranos. Move on.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 7:49 a.m. CST


    by Pennsy

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 9:03 a.m. CST


    by ForkTongue

    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

    The Obvious Endings....

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    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


    by Cobbio

    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

    Dutch and the young serial killer...

    by MisterE

    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...

    by MisterE

    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 and the young serial killer...

    by davida4348

    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 ending...

    by pantera777

    The young serial killer kills Vic.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Dutch VS Dexter

    by fanboy71

    There's a cool show waiting to happen.

  • Oct. 29, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Dutch as a serial killer won't happen...

    by MisterE

    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 the way

    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

    Capone was wrong.

    by nyj_et

    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

    Dutch goes serial killer

    by nyj_et

    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

    Oh and also...

    by nyj_et

    ..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

    Ryan will be pissed cause EVERYONE has figured out

    by V'Shael

    that the daughter will shoot Vic.

  • Oct. 30, 2008, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Good way Billings took out the molester

    by jtp8000

    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

    Cassidy's not going to shoot Vic.

    by MisterE

    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.