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.
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.
Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.