The final episode of The Shield

The final episode of The Shield was brilliant. It was perfect. It was the ending I did not see coming – but should have. Vic Mackey, who always got what he wanted, often by force, must live in a prison of his own creation. I could not be happier with the way the show ended. Bravo to the writers, actors and creator Shawn Ryan. 

There is an ogoing battle in my head between The Wire and The Shield. Which is the better cop show? Until tonight, I would have said The Wire. But The Shield ended on a stronger note — with a stronger last season and episode. It will take me days to sort it all out. Look for a Shield-Wire column in the future.

Overall, there were just a ton of great moments, including the darkly humorous conclusion of Vic Mackey’s crime-fighting career. My only criticism is that I would have liked to have seen the Dutch versus the serial killer kid plotline play out more. I felt like it got short shrift. It deserved a more Shield-ian ending.

Otherwise, the episode was everything I could hope for in a series finale.

Joe Donatelli
Joe Donatelli is a writer in Los Angeles

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