Burn Notice Review: The Cost of Freedom

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Through 85 episodes and all of the different people that Michael has had to face off against - such as Management, Vaughn, and Simon - he has been able to keep his friends and family safe.  

But "Shock Wave" changed that, as Michael’s brother Nate was hit with a high-powered bullet when someone assassinated Anson Fuller before he could be arrested. 

Given that Anson is no longer a threat to him, it's clear Michael Westen is going to turn his incredible talents and the skills he has learned over the last six years towards finding the person who murdered his brother. 

The Team Hunts Anson

We have seen what Michael would do when his mom was threatened, I don’t want to imagine what kind of Hell storm he is going to create in his wake as he looks for Nate’s killer. Additionally, I can’t imagine what he may do to that person once he finds them.

Did anyone else catch the gigantic hole in the sign behind Nate after he fell? I initially thought the bullet had gone from Anson to Nate and then the sign, but given the way the edges flared towards Nate, I’m betting the shooter was on the far side of the sign and shot Anson through Nate. I’m sure we will learn more as Michael does.

I was kind of surprised that Jason Nix had brought Nate out of mothballs this season given that we had not heard anything from him since "Mind Games" early last year. Then I understood after this episode: He needed someone close to Michael to kill off. Which makes me wonder if he and Joss Whedon have been having lunch together.

However, while Nate's death is going to add some great meat for Jeffrey Donovan to work with, my first question was to wonder if anyone will really miss the character. Don't get me wrong, I liked Nate, but his personal storyline and contribution to other storylines have amounted to what we saw tonight: order pizza and annoy Michael. Clearly he was the easiest to kill off, but only time will tell if he was the right one. 

While Nate was the elephant in the room, we still had Fiona up to her ass in alligators as MI-6 agent Arthur Meyers showed up to put the brakes on her exit from prison. You have to like how Ayn was able to leverage helping Fiona into getting a support letter from the Warden for her parole hearing in a few months. Anyone want to bet on seeing Ayn again once she gets out?

And while we are talking about Fiona, did I miss part of an episode where they revealed that Rebecca had been behind Fiona’s attempted murder in prison? When Michael and Fiona were talking, she stated that Rebecca had been behind it and I couldn’t remember that being revealed. 

Finally, while I love Sam, his adventure with Barry seemed to resolve itself a bit abruptly. Maybe it’s just the completionist in me that wanted to see Garrett out cold to feel like it was really over. Or maybe it had more to do with us going from that happy ending to Nate’s death that tainted the previous event a bit. 

As we say our finally goodbyes to Nate Westen and wonder what this is going to mean for Michael, remember to stop by our Burn Notice quotes section and see what made the list this week.


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WE WANT MORE! Not to thrilled that maddy died but we want to see mikes and fie and charlies furture!:)WE LOVE YOUR SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!MAKE A MOVIE!!!!!!WE CRIED WHEN MADDY DIED!!!!!!:)


I think Nate was the target and Anson was collateral damage.


@ Leonna Walker....Nate is not coming back. Matt Nix's wife made him promise her that for this show dead means dead. @ Fiona Glenanne....where are you girl? I know you read this blog and we haven't heard from about Nate's death.


@tahonia....physcis counts...I had to watch the Nate shot twice because the physics didn't make sense.....team looking up, Anson seemed to be hit direct mid torso, but they gave us mercy in not seeing a direct wound in Nate, he had direct blood spray but not a frontal wound...????......longtime fan........so friggin hard to watch


PLEASE BRING BACK NATE WESTEN. He may have been annoying but there is one in every family. I LOVE THIS SHOW and the characters are an amazing group that keep me looking forward to Thursday nights. This includes Nate Westen.. PLEASE BRING HIM BACK!


the last episode was way to confusing
why wouldn't the shooter shoot at michael, jesse and pierce too?


why did nate not listen to michael and take anson into his own hands and just watch him like michael told him to do where was rebecca?


how did the bullet go through anson in the chest but hit nate in the left side, but still go through the wall, and did rebecca just shoot at anson and not expect it to kill nate


I don't think it's Rebecca... Aside from it being too obvious (for a show like BN), she only knew that Anson was supposed to be at the motel the CIA team staked out, not the cafe where he actually was. If she knew where Anson would be, she'd just go straight there and take him out while Michael was watching the motel or making the side trip to the Drexel. My vote for who the killer is goes to... DEAD LARRY, who's not not dead (again). He has the training to follow Michael/CIA around, and to take Anson out (probably mad because Anson played him like Brennan tried to). Nate is more than just a collateral damage in this case, since Larry has always made it a mission to make Michael more ruthless and this will really ramp up Mike's killer instinct (as hinted at in next episode's promo). Mike will probably make sure Larry is finally dead when he catches up to him, but then Larry will have succeeded in remaking Micheal in his path of vengeance. Yeah, wild theory, I know :)


I agree that Nate was annoying, but I also agree that he made Michael's family seem all the more realistic, as there is always one person in a family who is the screw-up. So RIP Nate, and thank heaven Anson is gone! I am also glad that Fiona is out of jail, things were pretty crazy for her in there.
I also have been a fan of Sharon Gless since she was on Cagney and Lacey, and I have really enjoyed her portrayal of Michaels mom, and I thought how she took the death of her son was pretty realistic, and very well enacted.
For those of us over the age of 45, did anyone else get the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young reference in the title of this episode? "You will find the cost of freedom, buried in the ground. Mother earth will swallow you, lay your body down." (From CSNR's song "Find the Cost of Freedom)

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Burn Notice Season 6 Episode 6 Quotes

Sam: I've been helping you slog through this burn notice crap for how many years and I don't get to be there when you put the wraps on the last bastard standing?
Michael: You know how it is, you - the agency - you!

Fiona: I trust you Michael, but if you let that weasel slip away again I'm going to break out of here just to kick your ass!
Michael: Fair enough.