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My Favorite Finales of 2014: Part 1

May 28, 2014

Now that I’ve put the canceled shows behind me, it’s time to look toward next season!  There were lots of finales this season that set up great (or sometimes not so great) plotlines for next year.  Here are some of my thoughts on this year’s most dramatic finales and what’s in store for the future of these shows.

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Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD

After half a season of crappy ratings, Marvel did the smart thing and tied everything on the show into what happened in Captain America. Suddenly there was treachery everywhere, trust was broken, and the team had to fly by the seat of their pants to try to figure everything out. With Ward (Brett Dalton) captured, Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) alive (and Fitz’s love revealed), Skye (Chloe Bennet)‘s secret revealed to the audience, and Coulson (Clark Gregg) as the new director of SHIELD, next season is fully loaded to be incredibly strong and help to lead up to the Avengers: Age of Ultron film next summer.

Things I’m looking forward to: Coulson running SHIELD. Skye learning about her own past. The potential redemption of Ward? Is Patton Oswalt a clone?  Cannot wait for this show to come back.

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The Blacklist

This show was hands down the best new show of the season. Good writing, excellent acting, and complex characters and relationships all made this show a huge success, which is why it was no surprise that it was picked up for a second season early in the year. And they’ve given quite a good glimpse into what’s in store.

After learning that her husband Tom (Ryan Eggold) was really a spy, Agent Keen (Megan Boone) will have a lot of rebuilding to do, since much of it was a lie. Likely she will devote herself fully to her job, leading her and Agent Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) to fall in love. I am definitely shipping those two. She also has to wrestle with the revelation that her father is still alive.  Naturally, Red (James Spader) has denied being her father and maintains that her father is dead.  But all season long, we’ve had the sneaking suspicion that Red is Keen’s father, and the last shot of the season showing the burns all over his body (her father supposedly died in a fire), tells a different tale. On the one hand I’m glad Red is her father because that makes the relationship more interesting. On the other hand, it’s a little too obvious for me. We’ll see how it shapes up.

In the meantime, one main character is dead, another is in the ICU, and they never found Tom’s body. Additionally, Keen had technically quit the task force.  Many things are up in the air for next season and I will be eagerly waiting to see what new villains, subplots and betrayals are in store.

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Arrow

What a finale! Epic battles! All of the supporting characters! And an ending that no one saw coming!

Technically, the “finale” was the last three episodes of the season, as they all took place over the same night. However, there was a massive story to tell and many things to set up for next year.

For starters, half of the cast is dead or gone. Isabel (Summer Glau) is dead. Sara (Caity Lotz) is gone away with the League of Assassins. Moira (Susanna Thompson) is dead. Thea (Willa Holland) has run off with Malcom (John Barrowman). Slade (Manu Bennett) is locked away in possibly the most secure prison on earth. Blood (Kevin Alejandro) is dead.

So, what are we left with? Thea is bound to return as a villain that Oliver (Stephen Amell) will need to rehabilitate. Hopefully we’ll see her train in real time instead of getting flashbacks. Then, naturally, she’ll join the Arrow team to take down Malcom….again. But the team will be pretty big by this time. Roy (Colton Haynes) is a full member of the team now that he’s been cured. And Sara passed off her black jacket to Laurel (Katie Cassidy), who now knows Ollie’s secret. So…duh, she’s gonna wanna help and become the real Black Canary. But that will only happen after we reveal whether or not her father (Paul Blackthorne) will survive the season.

In the last few moments of the show, Ollie, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Diggle (David Ramsey) set up the arcs for next season. Will Ollie get his company back? Will he and Felicity reveal their true feelings for each other? And most importantly, why the hell was he with Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) in Hong Kong?  Season three is going to be pretty epic.

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