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! 

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I noticed the Jesse one first, when michael asked him to watch madeline, i was looking for them after than but didn't catch her's


The final episode was exciting,heartbreaking and peaceful!Thanks Burn Notice for 7 fabulous seasons!I will truly miss...."MY NAME IS MICHAEL WESTON,I USED TO BE A SPY"


I'm surprised at so many positive c9mments. I did not think it was a good finale at all beginning with the first pt. of the finale last week. All Mike had to do was tell Fi and co. that he was going to turn James in to the CIA. The "kidnapping" OF Mike by Sam totally mishandled. We also knew Mike was not going to let Sonya shoot Fi the hesitation(?) confusion was not believable. I hate them killing Maddie again I'm not an explosives expert but if she had just thrown the bomb out the door would it not have exploded without her blowing herself up and what if the whole house had gone up how would she know the bathroom would not blow up ? How did Jessie get Charlie to Mike and Fi. I do not think it was well done at all.


The final season of 'Burn Notice' was a bummer. Things turned nasty when the scriptwriters killed off Nate. It shouldn't have happened. Michael became nothing more than a cold blooded killer in the final season. Maddie's sacrifice also shouldn't have happened. All the clever and fun adventure that the first six seasons delighted the viewers with was totally thrown out the window and replaced with ugly, dark and shocking scenarios. Shame on the scriptwriters. The characters deserved better finales and futures. So did all the loyal fans. And a big shame on Nix for letting his brilliant show come to a sordid end. I won't bother with viewing re-runs knowing how the depressing seventh season finishes.


Strong took Jesse and Charlie into custody...he took care of handing Charlie over to Michael and Fi...he owed them.


Strong is a lot smarter than I think people give him credit for being; he pushed all of Michael's buttons exactly, and came out of the whole mess with precisely what he wanted in the first place: he took down James and his entire terrorist organization. I think Strong knows full well that Michael and Fiona aren't dead.


These characters have become like dear friends over the last 7 seasons. I will miss them. The finale was well thought out and the final lines of Fiona to Michael....."Just start at the beginning...My name is Michael Weston...I used to be a spy" were SO awesome. Thanks for the memories!!!!!!!!


This was absolutely the best ending possible. I only have one, tiny, little complaint. Sam is wearing his uniform at the funeral... and has a Surface Warfare pin on! Um, isn't he a SEAL? Where's the trident?!!!


I can't say enough about this show...I was hooked from day one. It was and will always be one of the best shows on TV. I felt that Michael, Fiona, Sam, Jesse and Maddie were my friends over the past 7 years. I loved, loved, loved the series finale and Michael and Fiona had their happy ending that I always wanted for them! It will be missed but thank God for reruns!!!


I thought it was a fitting ending, not perfect, but I was satisfied. A few things exceeded my capacity for suspension of disbelief, but they were forgivable ultimately. Like yeah it's totally believable that James rigged those charges to explode sequentially instead of simultaneously. And how exactly did Michael and Fi get a hold of Charlie after everything? Charlie was with Jesse who the CIA caught and placed in detention which would lead to Charlie in either state custody or foster care. Forgiveable, yes, but highly questionable. I too think Mike and Fi are in Ireland. It wasn't just hinted at by the music but also the shot of the camera panning over the ocean starting with Miami's clear blue water and transitioning to darker north Atlantic water. All in all, thanks Burn Notice for 7 fun seasons.

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.