The Shield (2002–2008)
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As Vic hopes his immunity deal will help keep his family together, and Shane takes extreme measures to keep his pregnant wife from being charged with murder, Dutch finds he's a suspect in ... See full summary »

Director:

Clark Johnson

Writers:

Shawn Ryan (created by), Shawn Ryan
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Chiklis ... Vic Mackey
Catherine Dent ... Danni Sofer
Paula Garcés ... Tina Hanlon (as Paula Garces)
Walton Goggins ... Shane Vendrell
Michael Jace ... Julien Lowe
Jay Karnes ... Holland Wagenbach
David Marciano ... Steve Billings
Benito Martinez ... David Aceveda
Cathy Cahlin Ryan ... Corrine Mackey
David Rees Snell ... Ronnie Gardocki
CCH Pounder ... Claudette Wyms
Laurie Holden ... Agent Olivia Murray
Michele Hicks ... Mara Sewell Vendrell
Kyle Gallner ... Lloyd Denton
Francesco Quinn ... Beltran
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Storyline

As Vic hopes his immunity deal will help keep his family together, and Shane takes extreme measures to keep his pregnant wife from being charged with murder, Dutch finds he's a suspect in the disappearance of a teenage serial killer's mother. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Last show of the series. See more »

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When Ronnie asks Dutch why he's under arrest, Dutch replies "the last three years," meaning the whole series timeline is supposed to take place over three years. However, Vic's daughter Cassidy is 8 years old in the first season and 15 years old in the final season. All the other children also age way more than they should if the series only took place over three years. See more »

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Claudette Wyms: [reading Shane's suicide note] "I guess enough painkillers can make even the worst kind of hurt go away. The thing you need to know is that Mara was innocent, and Jackson was innocent. They didn't know what they were drinking and their last moments together were happy ones. They left the way I first found them, perfect and innocent. They were innocent and they're in Heaven now and we'll always be a family. The guilty ones are me and Vic. Vic led, but I kept following. I don't think one's worse ...
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A Terrific Ending to one of the two best TV Shows of all Time
3 June 2011 | by The_Exterminator95See all my reviews

One thing about "The Shield" is how well the show holds up on multiple viewings. It's probably because of the attention to detail and the numerous story arcs going on in any single episode. This continues to be the case in the 7th and final season of the show.

Season 7 finds Det. Vic Mackey, at the end of the line. Season 6 finished with Vic walking out on his last chance to keep his job with the LAPD and making a deal with former police Captain, now wannabe-Mayor Aciveda to take down the crooked developer who has been bankrolling Aciveda's political career. Meanwhile, Vic's strike team is beginning to come apart at the seams, all of their former bad deeds are bubbling to the surface, and on top of that Vic's ex-wife and daughter are terrified of him. Vic's a dirty cop with a perverted sense of justice. He thinks that if he can nail this crooked developer AND take down the Armenian mob, it will make up for all the horrible things he has done.

The season plays out almost as a tragedy, and is the strongest season of the Shield since the powerful season 3. Watching these episodes again, I'm most struck by the relationship between Dutch and Capt. Wymms. Both actors do terrific work as seemingly the only people in the precinct who seem to care about Mackey's abuses, and the quest to bring him down strains them to the breaking point.

The rest of the cast is solid as always. David Rees Snell, who plays Ronnie Gardocki on the strike team, shows a whole lot more here than he has in the past. But the real standouts are Michael Chiklis as Mackey, and Walt Goggins as his longtime best friend/failed protégé Shane Vendrell. Goggins is outstanding in the final episodes. He's done horrible things and he can barely live with himself, yet he continues on to try and help his wife and children.

The show ends in about the only logical place it could end. The last three episodes in particular are shattering. The writing, acting, and direction are all fantastic, and "The Shield" goes out on a highly satisfying and emotional peak. A must own.


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