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.


Kudos to Matt nix and team. I ve followed Michael,fi,Jesse and Sam since season 1. Love every episode and reckoning is a fitting finale. Thanks for great tv entertainment.


I love this episode it was the best and the worst episode it wa only the worst because Madeline died but that also made a really strong episode and because it was so strong it was the best. I'm actually really glad the the way Madeline died was a self-sacrifice instead of her just being killed by one of the bad guys it was much more emotional and was a very powerful moment. The whole time she was talking on the phone to mike telling him what she was going to do I cried and kept doing it while she talked to Charlie and I didn't stop until after she did it. I can't believe she was gone she was an amazing character I loved her. I was very glad that at the end Michael and Fiona escaped and were together with Charlie in Ireland safe and happy. I knew in the end Michael and Fi would end up together and I'm glad it happened that way. This was a great way to end the show I will really miss it.


Its to bad the whole series couldn't be like this last season (more serial than episodic) would have been way better imo.


Jim, great article, I couldn't agree more. The characters of Burn Notice were people you actually cared about and it was extremely well written and just an amazing show. It will be sorely missed but they ended it perfectly. Great ending to my favorite show. Bring on Burn Notice the movie and a spinoff for Sam and Jesse!


I enjoyed the finale. I will miss this show. I always thought that Fiona would get her way in the end. She has Michael out of the business in Ireland, with her. Now she and Michael can have that family, with Nate's son. I do wish Maddie did not have to die though. I would have liked to see her there with Fiona and Michael.


The finale redeemed the the last 2 or 3 seasons of Burn Notice. Rarely has a program gone out in a more satisfactory way. All loose ends tied up, a tip of the hat to the loyal fans standing by since the beginning, and a lovely final scene complete with soul-stirring music. Yes, I know Fiona and Michael are sure to get itchy vegetating in an Irish village but at least for awhile they are living the dream, complete with a ready-made son. Thanks to all members of the cast and crew for keeping your eye on the prize from the into of the very first story. "My name is Michael Weston..."


The finale was awesome and heartbreaking........


You know what my family took from the ending...the last scene...was the whole show Michael telling Charlie who he was? This was a spectacular show. USA saved us from summer network reruns when they premiered this show, and because of Burn Notice's success, we now view TV a very different way.


I M GOING TO MISS The WHOLE GANG ! A "spin off" with Sam & Jessie , maybe a few cameo apperances w/Michael & Fiona ( update ) would be FABULOUS!! I WOULDN'T MISS ONE EPISODE! Thanks to ALL FOR A GREAT RUN ! You will be missed on my TV!!! Best to you all ....


Best finale of a TV series...ever! Thank you for the long, exhilarating ride.

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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.