Oh yeah, the way things ended up for him made sense to me. Just a bit abrupt.
He was all Tritter/Javert for so long and then he just cried uncle. Deflated. I suppose it happens.
I kind of saw Cavannaugh as just being too moral to do what it takes to bring down Vic. Where the Strike Team would continue to dig their hole deeper and deeper, Cavannaugh saw he just wasn't built to keep going in that direction. It's interesting to look back at this showdown in the hindsight of how the series ends up concluding.
I saw Kavanaugh as representing Vic's collateral damage. Vic destroyed a good man who was determined to bring down a murderous, corrupt cop. I think Kavanaugh was there in part to show that the the Strike Team wasn't just hurting themselves and criminals. We saw that with Terry in the pilot, of course, but we never really got to know him like we did Kavanaugh.
Fair enough. Comparatively speaking, though, he was a much more decent individual than most of Vic's victims.
Shawn Ryan referred to him as an "anti-villain" (in contrast to Vic's anti-hero).
In the home stretch now; just starting Season 7.
I like how they show parallel scenes of Vic and Shane trying to cut similar deals or do similar jobs, as it really shows how far behind Shane is. He's just not as good at moving in this world as Vic is. He'd like to be top dog, but he's a second banana.
Ronnie, meanwhile, has been a professional second banana the whole time, but is getting more interesting by the moment. It's always the quiet ones.
Just finished the last season in a day. Super intense arc-work here, we felt physically ill wondering which of the characters walking onscreen would suddenly pull a gun and start shooting.
"Did Ronnie get better looking?" my wife wondered. No, they just flipped his switch on. Dude did some heavy lifting in the home stretch.
Clean up the language and give this team the Star Wars films, because this is how you give characters a journey through the light side, the dark and a Gotterdamerung. Seriously! Let Lucas direct all the CGI spaceships and let these guys do the acting stuff.*
All the little touches were nice. Aceveda's non-conclusion, Dutch and Claudette, Tina earning her wings (but not with a cake like she thinks).
A lot of ink's been spilled on the last minute of the show. I'm sure I'm not original but here goes:Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Vic's punishment is complete. His desk contains ridiculous revisionist pictures of the only people who don't hate him (dead folks or children) and he's stuck for three years in the same place with an army of enemies on the outside trying to get at him. Ronnie's lawyer, Antwone Mitchell's lawyer, a million gangsters, his own boss...basically everyone who ever met Vic is going to try to pry open his deal with the Feds and send him down the drain. Or just kill him, as now that investigation would get the Billings Minimum.
Is it enough? No, but it works with the show's mantra of no easy answers.
And yet, he still straps on his gun and goes out into the night. I think he seeks a warrior's death, that he still thinks he can somehow cheat the system and flip the finger to all the bean-counters he despises. Now that he's a cat wearing a bell, I don't think he'll have long to wait for somebody to come at him.
*random thought for a different thread:, but it's about crime and punishment: So, does Anakin course-correcting at the last second erase all that Darth-Vadering he did? The Force must be Catholicism.
Shane talking to / quasi-flirting with the young checkout girl is the most poignant moment in the whole series. Goggins earned his place in television history with his work on the show, particularly in that final episode.
Claudette reading Shane's suicide letter to Vic is still the emotional climax for me. Seven years of storytelling to get there. To call it powerful would be an understatement.