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


That cottage is the same one used in the movie The Holiday with Camerion Diaz, its a hollywood set in LA, and is more than likely supposed to be England as it was used for in the past. I'd say that's what they were hinting at rather than Ireland. I think the ending was just perfect!


@Eula - You're talking about Season 3 Episode 7: "Shot In The Dark".


The show was one of the television events that come along every so often that mg wife and I would plan and schedule our week around! We loved the show! We will miss the show. Looking forward to any spin offs!


Great ending except for Maddie getting killed. I was getting tired of the same old story.


one of the greatest shows that I have seen.I'm going to miss it. OMG it was fantastic !!! #emotional
and what everybody else says good about the show I agree. Thank you!
with great appreciation and love to all


What an Ending to a wonderful show, with awesome characters that had become like a family! I balled when Maddie blew up and then again, when Michael & Fiona looked like they were toast too! I kept hoping that they pulled something off!!! and I'm so glad they did! and I do believe they're in Ireland, the thatched house and the beautiful music at the end! Well, I'm going to believe that anyway!!!! Going to Miss you guys!! Thanks for the last 7 years!!!! :)


Thank you Mr. Nix, and all on Burn Notice, you have entertained and enthralled us for seven glorious seasons. 'Reckoning' was a fitting end, thank you once again, we shall miss 'The Burners'!


Burn Notice is one of my all time favourite shows, and I have mixed feelings about it ending. On the one hand I want more, but on the other hand the ending was so wonderful that it does give me a good sense of closure. It's kind of like you when you are reading a good book that you cannot put down, and finally getting to the end. I will never forget Michael Westen, Fiona, Sam, Maddie, or Jesse. They made my life better.


Great Show...I'm Really Gonna Miss it...Looking Forward to the Sam & Jesse Spinoff...When are the Burn Notice feature length movies coming out? Star Trek did it and this is a better show...I figure this show is good for about a dozen movies...Can't wait.


I did catch all the nods to the past - it has been a great 7 years and my Thursday nights will have a major hole without Burn Notice. A spinoff would be nice - but not sure it would be the same without Michael and Fiona. Farwell.

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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.