First, the finale: The first 35-40 minutes were AWESOME. Absolute perfection, some of the best TV the show has ever done.
The final twenty took place after a time jump, and it was a little dull. Winona remains the most loathsome character on the show.
Also – SPOILER! – They worked too hard to make the viewers support Ava. Out of all of this, she makes it out totally scot free. Escapes all of the consequences. Even has Raylan go to bat for her.
She did not earn that.
ALL THAT SAID: The final scene between Raylan and Boyd was superb.
It was a good finale, though. I liked it. Glad Raylan made it.
FINAL SEASON GRADES:
Best guest performance: Mary Steenburgen as Katherine Hale. She just nailed that role.
Runner Up: All of them. Seriously, the acting this season was phenomenal.
Best Performance by a series regular: Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder. He just totally killed it this year. The easy pick as far as I’m concerned.
Runner Up: It’s very, very close, but while Joelle Carter as Ava had the more difficult role this year I’ll have to give it to Timothy Olyphant as Raylan. He’s the more talented actor and he did a fantastic job this year. But man, the acting was so phenomenal this year. It’s unbelievable.
Best Episode of the Season: “Collateral”, episode 12. Absolutely nail-biting from start to finish. Contained Constable Bob, which is always a major plus, as well as one of the best scenes in the entire series during that shootout in the woods.
Runner up: “Dark as a Dungeon”. Raylan at his ballsy, brilliant best.
And, final analysis of the finale: Very good. Not the best the show has ever done, but outstanding at times and never bad – much like the show itself.
And that is a very high compliment.