'Burn Notice' Series Finale: They Really Killed Off…
SPOILER ALERT: This recap for the series finale episode of "Burn Notice" contains story line and character spoilers.
What more could you ask of a series finale than to have it tie back to its beginnings and offer a satisfying journey for its lead character, even if the end of that journey is tinged with tragedy?
In the case of "Burn Notice's" seventh, and final, season ender, lone-wolf spy Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) finally got out of the spy business and happily reunited with his soulmate, Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), but there was a huge price to pay for his many years of tangling with the world's bad guys.
And his mom, Maddie (Sharon Gless), paid it. With Michael's foe James Kendrick (John Pyper-Ferguson) threatening to kill Michael, Maddie, and Michael's nephew Charlie, Maddie detonated a block of C-4, blowing up Kendrick's minions — and herself in the process.
"This one's for my boys," Maddie said as she sat calmly in a chair, smoking a cigarette, and set off the explosion.
[Photos: Check Out More 'Burn Notice' Pics]
The sad death of the beloved matriarch — "Cagney & Lacey" Emmy winner Gless is the only "Burn Notice" cast member to receive an Emmy nomination for the USA drama — brought the series full circle, "Burn Notice" creator Matt Nix said, as "one of the central ideas and conflicts in the series has always been between Michael's work and Michael's family."
Added Nix in a recent conference call, "He started the series as a very isolated guy. Over the years, he has acquired this family and these friends and these relationships that he didn't have at the beginning. But we've always talked about the idea that there's a reason that a spy who's putting himself in these kinds of situations so consistently doesn't have a bunch of close relationships. I think that it was important to me to say, why have the last seven years mattered? Are those themes that we've addressed over the years, are they real? I think the answer to that has to be yes.
"Michael's always had to balance the two sides of his life, and the final two episodes are really about choices and sacrifices. It's not just about being sad or killing off your character. It's also about taking seriously the things that we've talked about and the issues that we've addressed over the last seven years," Nix said.
Maddie had always felt guilty about the fact that her sons, Michael and his younger brother, Nate, were abused by their father. As Michael visited her for what turned out to be the final time, he warned her sacrifices might have to be made in order to stop Kendrick. Later, in what turned out to be her final phone call with Michael, she explained her C-4 plan, apologized for not protecting him when he was a child, and reminded him that sacrifices had to be made. She also told her teary son she was proud of the man he is.
Meanwhile, Maddie's sacrifice allowed Jesse (Coby Bell) to carry her grandson Charlie to safety, as Michael and Fiona killed Kendrick and his men. But Kendrick detonated a bomb. The building they were in exploded, and while Michael's best friend, Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell), made it out in the nick of time, Michael and Fiona appeared to die in the blast.