Weeds Season Finale Review: When Will It End?

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Come on, Weeds.

You were three seconds away from the best conclusion you could muster on "Do Her/Don't Do Her." Granted, the family compound felt hastily-thrown together, but so did every development on season seven. At least various characters were given somewhat happy endings here (no, not that kind, Doug) - Silas has a grow room, Nancy has partial custody of her son. That is, until you decided to go all Sopranos at the very last moment.

Nancy and Jill

Weeds is yet to be picked up for an eighth season, and I really wish creator Jenji Kohan had made this decision for Showtime. That way, she could have penned a build-up to a finale that gave Nancy and her family a true send-off.

The series has been an enormous success, but if it was wobbling off the tracks last year, it crashed and exploded off of them this season. Every episode felt like a complete mess. There was no continuity, no pacing. Take this half hour as an example: the banter between Nancy and Jill was hilarious at times, but did anyone feel a connection to these sisters? Or to the custody storyline in general?

It was completely dropped for weeks and, even more importantly, I can't imagine why anyone would have wanted Nancy to end up with Stevie. She is a horrific mother. Really, the only character who made any sense here was Shane's detective friend when he blasted Nancy for being selfish and dangerous and using the NYPD to further her own drug empire. I was nodding along with every word out of his mouth.

It's one thing to portray a morally grey central character, as many other shows do very well. But that character must be interesting and viewers must feel some sympathy for him or her at times. Sadly, Nancy Botwin never once held my interest this season. She sleeps around and she'll do anything to sell marijuana. That just about covers her.

Can she be redeemed? Is there an angle there for season eight? Maybe. Mary-Louise Parker is still terrific in the role. But it's always frustrating when a show doesn't know when to say goodbye. I've often defended Weeds because it takes chances. But at some point those chances stop feeling brave and start feeling desperate. It's too bad. For a show about drugs, Weeds has ruined any chance of going out on a high note.

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I could have sworn this was to be the FINAL

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Sorry, I'm just sensitive about this issue. I have a dear friend with severe ptsd and anxiety problems, and without pot the guy wouldn't be able to hold a pencil or hold down a meal.

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To the guy above with the "medicine" comment: C'mon, kid.
While it certainly isn't the fault of the "medicine" itself, the marijuana trade is absolutely soaked in peasant blood. Do you have any idea how much bloodshed goes into the shitty Mexi-bricks you might buy?
Even the quality stuff grown in you kid's bedrooms isn't exempt because it makes its way into the hands of real dealers that deal in hard drugs. And yes, I know what I'm talking about.
The only way to put an end to it would be complete legalisation and total deracination of the black market. On another note.. how do you get that it isn't a drug? Any "medicine" is a drug. Caffeine is a drug. All drugs have side effects. Just because we like the stuff doesn't mean that we should give it magical properties and be unrealistic about it. I firmly believe that marijuana culture stands like a monolith in the way of legalisation. Detractors need only point to the stereotypical pothead and say "see what this stuff does to people?"
Mrs. Botwin gave marijuana a bad name. If she caught a bullet it's because she's been asking for it for six years.

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It may be renewed for an eighth season. That is the hope. Originally they went into this season with the expectation that it could (and probably would be) the very last season.

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I would've liked for Andy and Nancy to end up together. Or at the very least sleep together once. The show has teased us Andy's attraction to Nancy. And they've hinted that she may feel the same about him. They really are the only two people who could put up with each other. The show runner has indicated that this episode was meant to set up season 8. So, there's still a chance for another season.

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If I'm not mistaken the director said in an interview this was the last season ever. I don't think they are planning to shot another season, so this would be the last episode ever?

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I liked this season. I didn't like last season, but from the first episode (one of my favorite Weeds ever) to the last, Weeds was back in top form for me. Sure was a bit all over the place, but was interesting, and dynamic, and provocative, and fun. Loved Demetri and his sister. Loved the bike shop front, loved having Helia back - overall a great season (and I almost gave up last year!).

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Thank you for articulating what I've been feeling for quite some time - there is very little, if anything, that is redeeming about Nancy. I find myself connecting more to her sons, whom I feel for as they are manipulated, played, or put upon time and time again. Same goes for Andy (who was greatly underutilized this season). At the end of the day this show will really lose it's appeal if Nancy isn't written better. She has this spirit of consumption and no real moral compass, and it's quite silly how an entitled, privileged white woman can maneuver through the drug world relatively unscathed, and without real suffering or consequence. She just keeps stepping over the carnage and walks into a bigger mess while she sips her ice coffee. Give us better!

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"Weeds" in ENTERTAINMENT, and good ENTERTAINMENT. It is a given that morality isn't involved in this entertainment. Bring on SEASON 8 (COME ON, COME ON!!!). "Weeds" is too good to not continue - fans love this show!!! ****Best in years**** Please join me *****Bring on Season 8 and more***** We miss you already!!!

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The sniper looks like the police officer's son