Warning: spoilers forward for the collection finale of Main Crimes.
Main Crimes has formally come to an finish after six seasons on TNT, and the ultimate batch of episodes was crammed with very excessive highs and really low lows. In an surprising twist, the present killed off protagonist Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell) a full 4 episodes earlier than the massive collection finale. It was a perplexing transfer for a lot of followers. Now, within the wake of the collection finale, collection creator James Duff has come out and defined why precisely killing Sharon was the suitable transfer in the long term:
Mary and I checked out one another and stated, ‘That is clearly lifeless. How will we wish to handle that?’ And we additionally wished to provide viewers an opportunity to mourn with us as we fade to black — an opportunity to grieve the present and to just accept that the present is over, that the present has ceased. This was the way in which we thought we may accomplish lots of completely different targets, with this one motion. And we did. I really feel like we made the suitable selection. Additionally I’d level out that the character archetype who leads their heroes to the ultimate battle, however doesn’t get to take part in that last battle, is as previous as Western thought. We wished to provide the present a mythic construction for its final 4 episodes, 5 episodes, and that is what we did. I really feel like I did the suitable factor — not only for now. I did not do the suitable factor only for the people who find themselves watching now. Collection do not go away anymore. They run they usually run they usually run; folks come to them they usually arrive at them. That is how the story ends. That is how we put a interval on it. I’ve felt an obligation to jot down from my soul to my coronary heart this ending. And as we received to the very finish, you noticed, it couldn’t have ended this fashion if Sharon had been round.
The demise of Sharon Raydor was clearly fairly unhappy for viewers who’ve been watching her for six years on Main Crimes in addition to throughout her earlier years on The Closer, however James Duff’s feedback to EW point out that the demise needed to occur with a view to convey the collection to an finish that might stand the check of time and supply closure for viewers. Whereas killing off Sharon was certainly a tragedy, it was one which completed the story of a posh character who had greater than earned a correct sendoff.
The ultimate 4 episodes with out Sharon additionally allowed the present to strive some new issues earlier than coming to a everlasting finish. The remainder of the staff was reeling in varied methods — some extra noticeable than others — that made for a finale not like something the present had finished earlier than. The collection finale undoubtedly would have gone very in another way if she was nonetheless within the combine as chief; we clearly cannot say if issues would have ended higher or worse for all of the characters within the finale if she had been round. Nonetheless, it was a compelling change of tempo to observe the ultimate journey with the specter of Sharon’s demise nonetheless looming.
In fact, provided that James Duff appeared fairly satisfied that Main Crimes could be ending after Season 6, there was arguably little danger in giving Sharon a sendoff by way of demise. The character was going to be gone from the airwaves after the Season 6 finale anyway; the early demise gave Mary McDonnell the prospect to behave her coronary heart out. McDonnell has already revealed that Duff included her in the creative process of determining how Main Crimes would finish Sharon’s story, so we might be assured that she’s not bitter at how she was written out of the present forward of its final episode.
Main Crimes could also be over, however there are nonetheless loads of nice choices for the small display screen. Take a look at our midseason TV premiere guide and our 2018 Netflix premiere schedule for when you possibly can watch the largest and greatest remaining collection within the new 12 months. For the opposite exhibits which have come to an finish, check out our rundown of 2017 TV cancellations.