Burn Notice Series Finale Review: The Final Mission

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After more than 100 episodes, Michael Westen completed his final mission.

Bringing down James Kendrick, and saving Fiona from Sonya in the process, resulted in a "Reckoning" for Michael, and in turn he left the CIA, realizing that he no longer wanted to go back to being a spy.  

While I admit I still want more Burn Notice, I can say that this ending was so full of awesomeness I wish I could give it more than a 5 star rating. 

Final Moments

How incredible was Madeline’s sacrifice? Between her words and Michael’s tears, I couldn't stop crying. I had heard that a major cast member was going to die in the finale, but I honestly didn't expect it to be a self-sacrifice scenario. Well played Mr. Nix, well played indeed.

Of course, as I guessed last week, Michael prevented Sonya from shooting Fiona by shooting her first. I feel a little bad for Sonya; she either wouldn't see or couldn't see how important Fiona was to Michael. Had she realized that she was the key to Michael's loyalties, things might have gone differently.

Did anyone else catch the nod to the pilot (and the opening) with Fiona working in “Shall we shoot them?” There was also Sam’s now famous "You know spies, bunch of bitchy little girls," and of course the hour closed with the line that has opened every episode, “My name is Michael Westen, I used to be a spy...”  

I will have to go back and see if Madeline’s or Jesse’s opening credit dialog was worked in, but even if not, those three are a great trifecta of winning for long time fans.

I'm guessing that Fiona, Michael, and Charlie ended up back in Ireland, while there were no signs that I saw, the haunting music that was playing seemed like a good indicator. I hope that Michael and Fiona are able to raise Charlie and stay out of trouble. May not happen, but it’s a nice dream.

Back in Miami you had Sam and Jesse, names cleared by the CIA, getting ready to have Mojitos and possibly take on a case. Or as most fans would like to call it – SPINOFF! 

There have been some rumors about a Sam/Jesse spinoff and this reviewer would love it! They could add in a few new characters to help round out the team and you would have me glued to USA for the next 7 seasons! 

In the end, we have to say goodbye and what better way to do it, than with a personal message: 

Mr. Nix, thank you for 7 wonderful seasons with Michael, Fiona, Madeline, and the gang. You will never know how much this show has meant to me, being one of the last things I shared with my mom before her passing. It was wonderful to get to speak to you and the cast over the years; you have made a fan for life. - Jim

If you are inspired, please feel free to add your own message below. To all the fans who have stopped by, it has been an honor to review this show, here is hoping we are all back talking about Jesse and Sam in the near future! 


Editor Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (298 Votes)

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


I don't think I've ever loved a show so much. Does it really have to end? Couldn't Micheal be explaining his history to Charlie because he has a new case to solve? I would love to see the story continue some years in the future, so the story can catch up to everyone's age. I would enjoy a spin-off with Jesse and Sam, but I REALLY miss the real thing.


I have watch every episode for the past 7 seasons great show hate to see it end just wanted to say BEST FINAL EVER thanks for the memories.look forward to seeing sam and jessie soon.


@Lisa, That is such a great theory, that the entire 7 seasons was us watching him retell his story to an older Charlie.. @Jon, Thanks, this was one of those episodes where there was so much to talk about it almost comes out as gibberish :) hehe


Worst episode going. Where do I start? Sam is a Navy Seal (even restated in the lead up to the final) however the costume department couldn't put him in the proper uniform? Sam and Fi running to jump out of building, wow did not see that obvious one coming. Madeline blowing herself up with c-4 she happened to have, and saying "this is for my boys". Really what did Nate's death have to do with the guys coming in to grab her? They end up in Ireland, the one place Fi is wanted? Weak, Sad, or just Lazy. I can see why they ended the show. The writers ran out of ideas two years ago. That or the hair dye industry ran dry.

@ chiett

I'm sorry you are so sad to see it go that you have to bad mouth it.


What's the song playing at the end of the final episode?


Truly, that was one of the most spectacular endings to a show, it was very well done, I never really like how any shows ends, but this I must say was, exceptional! Hate to see it end, but I would so much rather it end on top then keep it going, to where you end up hating it.


I am truly going to miss Burn Notice. Michael's mom... I cried... :( Man, what a great show.... Yes, I need a spin off with Jessie and Sam. Keep it coming.


What a fantastic ending to a fantastic show! I admit I did not see michael's mothers sacrafice coming as one of the members who would die in the season finale. I too hope there is a spin off. Sam and Jessie are great characters in the show and it would be nice to maybe know how michael and Fiona and little charlie are doing. Thanks for making my Thursday nights great! Hope to see a spin off series soon.


I will really miss this show. Hopefully Sam and Jessie will have a spin off. Great ending except for Maddie, whom I loved. I like to think of Michael and Fi raising a family and living happily ever after - just with different skill sets than the average family.


Great show. Have watched since the first episode. I just don't understand how MIchael & Fi end up in Ireland when back in season 3/4?? when her brother shows up and Fi's is in trouble, Michael saves her but the sacrifice is that she can NEVER return to Ireland. Writers should have picked up on that. Will really miss this show and good luck to cast & crew.

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Burn Notice Season 7 Episode 13 Quotes

Fiona: What you did early, plowing into that store and then jumping on the car, almost incinerating yourself.
Michael: It was a calculated risk. I need information.
Sam: Mike don't, we've known each other too long. There is a difference between a necessary risk and a death wish and you know it.
Fiona: Michael I know you are hurting, but what is killing yourself going to prove?

Madeline: I don't want to lose another son.
Michael: Mom. I can't make any promises, sometimes sacrifices have to be made.