After 39 days, 4 million tears, 1 white rock, and too many burned hidden immunity idol clues to count, Survivor: Blood vs. Water finally crowned its winner Sunday night. My full recap will be up soon, but to sound off on who won, read on for more. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched the season finale of Survivor: Blood vs. Water. Not that I don't want you read this article. But you really should watch the episode first. Just some friendly advice, that's all. Take it or leave it. Totally your call.] READ FULL STORY
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SPOILER AHEAD: If you haven’t seen Sept. 18′s America’s Got Talent finale and don’t want to know who wins, stop reading now!
After six finalists battled it out in Monday’s performance finale, it was time to reveal the season 8 winner of America’s Got Talent. Out of magician Collins Key, country singer Jimmy Rose, opera trio Forte, comedian Taylor Williamson, dancer Kinechi Ebina, and singer Cami Bradley, America chose….
How will Breaking Bad end? The answer is just weeks away: The first of eight final episodes airs Sunday, August 11, and they’re already taking wagers at BettingBad.com to predict who will survive through the show’s final hour. The central question on any gambler’s mind: Will Walter White live or die? The finale airs Sept. 29, so there’s still a little time to consider possibilities. In the meantime, let’s all pray for Badger and Skinny Pete.
WALT DIES OF CANCER, HEISENBERG LIVES FOREVER
The theory: Everyone fears the One Who Knocks … except, obviously, cancer. During the flash-forward that kicked off the fifth season last year, Walt was shown swallowing some kind of prescription pill in the men’s room of the diner, which has led some fans to suspect that his cancer is no longer in remission. Of course, the fact that his hair has grown back in the same scene suggests that he might be doing better — unless he’s simply given up on doing chemo and accepted his fate. One upcoming episode is called “Ozymandias,” after Percy Bysshe Shelley’s 1818 poem of the same name, which is about “the inevitable decline of all leaders, and of the empires they build, however mighty in their own time.” (At least, that’s according to the Cliff’s Notes. Apologies to my high school English teacher.) You can hear Walt himself reading from it in this Breaking Bad preview clip. The poem focuses on the tyrannical Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II (known in Greek as Ozymandias). His story is being told by “a traveler from an antique land,” and although Ramesses II was once a powerful man, it’s clear that his life story has been reduced to one giant, broken statue with this inscription: “Look on my works ye Mighty and despair.” Like Ramesses II, a dead Heisenberg would leave destruction in his wake, but also a pretty good legend. The fact that Breaking Bad‘s posters say “Remember My Name” — a slight twist on Walt demanding, “Say my name!” — also suggests that he’s gone.
How likely is this to happen? Fairly likely. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan recently told GQ that he used the finale for M*A*S*H as inspiration: “From the first episode, these people sit around and say, ‘All I want to do is go home,’” he explained. “So of course they all get to go home in the final episode. Sometimes the best moment in a TV show is an unpredictable moment, but sometimes it’s actually being predictable.” What could be more predictable than the cancer-stricken chemistry teacher actually dying of cancer at the end?
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So despite all those death omens and portentous elevators, everyone’s still with us. (Well, except maybe poor Mrs. Campbell and Don’s career.) This isn’t Game of Thrones after all, and those tuning in hoping to catch the Red Partners Meeting were likely to be disappointed, while others might have been pleased with the final hour of Mad Men‘s sixth season, in which Don reaches rock bottom and finally has nowhere else to go but up.
Meanwhile, Peggy’s spirit dies a slow death even as her career flourishes, “his mother” and “the Chevy account” join “his hair” and “his family” on the list of things Pete has lost this season, and Ted begs Don to let him move to California so he can save his marriage. But the real centerpiece of the episode was Don’s psychological breakdown—or breakthrough?—in the Hershey’s meeting, a slip in the facade that eventually led the other senior partners to sign his death warrant.
So that’s it. Don’s out of the company. This could be the best thing that ever happened to him. The final shot of Sally’s curious, somewhat impressed glance implies that maybe their relationship is still salvageable, which means maybe Don is still salvageable. It’ll be interesting to see where he goes from here, with only one season left before the show pours its final afternoon drink and stubs out its last cigarette. If you watched tonight’s episode, what did you think? Were you expecting the death of a major player? Do you think Don still has a shot at redemption, or is his soul down for the count? My final recap won’t be up until the morning, but in the meantime, feel free to leave your thoughts and first impressions below!
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Spoiler alert! Don’t keep reading unless you’ve seen the season finale of Bates Motel.
After a two-hour extravaganza (Tim Tebow! Magic tricks! Songs!) and the revelation that both Trace Adkins and Penn Jillette can launch semi-successful ice cream flavors and socials, it was time for one last firing and for one of the finalists to emerge victorious in this b-a-n-a-n-a-s season. Spoiler alert: Don’t keep reading if you haven’t watched the All-Star Celebrity Apprentice season finale. My recap will be up at 2 a.m. Update: Here it is!