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Liev Schreiber&#;s titular brute figuratively and quite literally buried the past in Ray Donovan&#;s brutal, bloody Season 7 finale. When the dust settled, multiple characters — including at least one series regular — were left for dead.

The episode largely centered on Ray learning that his late sister Bridget was pregnant when she took her own life as a teenager some three decades ago. Ray also pieced together that the pregnancy was a byproduct of her being raped by Jim Sullivan, a discovery that forced him to confront his own complicity in her death, doomed his present-day romance with Jim&#;s daughter, Molly, and teed up the climactic murder of Jim himself at Ray&#;s hands. In the episode&#;s final frame, Ghost Bridget briefly pays her older brother a visit as he&#;s burying Jim&#;s corpse, symbolically closing this unresolved chapter of the series&#; canon ahead of what is expected to be the Showtime series&#; eighth and final season.

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Elsewhere in &#;You&#;ll Never Walk Alone,&#; which was co-written by showrunner David Hollander and Schreiber and directed by Hollander:

* Detective Perry agreed to release Bridget from custody after Ray saved her and Judge Scholl&#;s lives from Mayor Ferrati&#;s thugs. While Ferrati appears to be headed to prison for a long time, the police corruption piece of this storyline — and the role Perry&#;s boss played in it — remains very much unresolved ahead of a potential eighth season.

* As he was frequently warned, Smitty paid the ultimate price for climbing into bed with the Donovan clan: Bridget&#;s clueless hubby was (presumably?) slaughtered in an episode-ending gun battle involving Daryl, Bunchy, Mickey and the Sullivan brothers. I say &#;presumably&#; because, well, you never know with this show. Regardless, it&#;s probably safe to assume Bridget will not be moving back to L.A. anytime soon.

* In the wake of the suicide death of his new cancer-stricken BFF Dolores, Terry appeared to be thisclose to following her lead. Ultimately, he paid a visit to the Empire State Building&#;s observation deck to take in the view vs. his own life.

What did you think of the Season 7 finale? Vote in the poll below and then elaborate in the comments.

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Ray Donovan Season Finale Recap 01/19/ Season 7 Episode 10 &#;You&#;ll Never Walk Alone&#;

Ray Donovan Season Finale Recap 01/19/ Season 7 Episode 10 "You'll Never Walk Alone"

Tonight on Showtime Emmy Award-winning drama Ray Donovan airs with an all-new Sunday, January 19, , episode and we have your Ray Donovan recap down below.  On tonight’s Ray Donovan season 7 episode 10 called,  “You&#;ll Never Walk Alone,” as per the Showtime synopsis, “Ray finally learns the truth about his sister Bridget&#;s death. Meanwhile, Terry reckons with the death of a friend and his own mortality, and Mickey&#;s quest for the money he&#;s owed comes to a head.

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Ray is still in the country, he pulls over, he opens his trunk, takes a body out that is wrapped in garbage bags, slings it over his shoulders and walks deeps into the woods. We go back to the evening before when Ray was with the detective in the forest. He asks her to keep his daughter off the stand.

Daryll has a knock on the motel room door, it is Bunchy, he tells him to pack up his things, they are getting out of there.

Terry is brushing his teeth and hears a newscast, Delores Young jumped to her death, she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Ray meets his daughter, asks if she is ok and if he can take her somewhere, she says somewhere quiet. They sit on a bench overlooking the water, she says she doesn’t know ho she can forgive Smitty, he says that he was trying to protect her and he hugs her. She starts singing to him. Ray says he is taking her home.

Terry stops by to see Arty, tells him that his friend jumped to her death. He asks if he knows who Linda Rondstadt is, she got the same disease as him. Arty asks him how long he has been thinking of suicide, he says for a while.

We see Ray digging the hole to bury the body that was in his trunk.

Smitty is with Mickey, who wakes him up with coffee and breakfast. Bunchy arrives with Daryll. Mickey asks where the papers are, Daryll tells him to speak to Ray. Bunchy asks Mickey what he is doing with Smitty, he is a rat. Daryll tells Smitty if he doesn’t stay away from his father, he is going to end up dead. Mickey says it is not fair, Daryll says it is math. Smitty gets up and leaves. Mickey puts on his hat to leave and looks Bunchy in the eyes.

Ray is home, Molly is there, she says she has been listening to the tapes and there is something he should hear.

Molly plays the tape, his sister was pregnant. Ray starts crying, she says she is so sorry. He feels bad, she should have called him, he could have done something. He tells her that he has to go.

Back in the early days, Bridget wants to cancel on Jim and Ray tells her that she doesn’t cancel on Jim Sullivan. Then we see Ray sitting by the water again, this time alone.

Mickey is with Smitty, tells him to confess his sin’s to God after that Bridget will be a piece of cake and he will feel better. They sit on the step, Smitty talks to God, Bridget calls him and asks him to please go home, they need to talk. Smitty tells Mickey it worked, he is going home. Mickey tries his turn at asking God’s forgiveness, then his cell phone rings, he is told the original deal fell through for the paper, but there is another one and this one is good.

We see Ray still digging the hole. Then we see Bunchy, he is with Daryll and asks him what happened.

Jim calls Ray and says he is worried about him, asks if he got the papers. Ray says yes, but he is not going to bring them to him, he should join him at his office.

Back in the early days, Jim was having sex with Bridget, that is why she didn’t want to go there. Bridget goes to the bar, she shows Jim a pregnancy test that is positive. He asks what is he supposed to do with that. Then he reaches into his pocket and gives her a whole pile of cash, Bridget walks away.

Ray calls Molly, says he heard what she said about them and he wished it would be possible, but it&#;s not. She guesses that it was her father, he says bye Molly.

Smitty arrives home to see Bridget, they kiss. Terry goes to a highrise and thinks about jumping. Ray is still seen digging the hole.

Back to Bridget and the pregnancy, she goes to a payphone and calls her father, but can’t reach him. She is in front of a planned parenthood building and walks away.

Ray takes his briefcase out of his car and goes into the office. He hears someone with a gun, it is Mickey who tells him to put the briefcase on the floor. Ray says it always comes down to money. Ray asks him if this is the legacy he was talking about, Mickey says he did it all for him. Ray tells him that Bridget was pregnant when she killed herself and Jim Sullivan was the father. Ray kicks the briefcase over to Mickey, who walks away with it.

Bunchy gets a call from Ray, he tells him that Mickey took the stalks and he needs to follow him.

Smitty and Bridget are in bed, he tells her that Mickey has something big that could make everyone rich. Bridget tells him to forget about the money, she just wants to go somewhere, maybe Los Angeles.

Declan goes to see the broker that Mickey was dealing with, he tells her that he wants to know the person who she met with.

Back to the old days, Bridget walks up the stairs, leaves her purse on the railing and goes to the rooftop. Ray is still digging the hole in the present and he sees her in front of him. Back to Ray’s office, Jim Sullivan arrives and asks him if he has the papers, Ray says yes. Jim says they have to celebrate. Jim starts talking about nothing and Ray gets up and stands in front of him. Ray asks him what he did to his sister. Jim says he doesn’t know what he is talking about. Ray asks again what he did to her. Ray them shoots him in the head. Back to Ray digging the hole, the hole was to bury Jim’s body.

Terry goes up in the Empire State building. Smitty buys flowers for Bridget. Ray buries Jim’s body. Mickey is sitting in a coffee shop when Smitty comes in and asks him what is going on. Mickey says nothing comes without a price. Mickey meets up with who he thinks is the dealer to exchange cash for the paper, he doesn’t recognize the guy and all of a sudden, Declan gets out of a car and pulls a gun on him. Daryll arrives and he kills Declan, then he pulls a gun on Mickey and says he did this. Bunchy screams Daryll’s name across the street. In the meantime, Smitty has been shot when bullets passed.

We see Terry at the top of the Empire State building again, Briget is in the window waiting for Smitty to come home, Mickey is walking down the street with his papers, Ray has buried Jim.

THE END!

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Liev Schreiber&#;s titular brute figuratively and quite literally buried the past in Ray Donovan&#;s brutal, bloody Season 7 finale. When the dust settled, multiple characters — including at least one series regular — were left for dead.

The episode largely centered on Ray learning that his late sister Bridget was pregnant when she took her own life as a teenager some three decades ago. Ray also pieced together that the pregnancy was a byproduct of her being raped by Jim Sullivan, a discovery that forced him to confront his own complicity in her death, doomed his present-day romance with Jim&#;s daughter, Molly, and teed up the climactic murder of Jim himself at Ray&#;s hands. In the episode&#;s final frame, Ghost Bridget briefly pays her older brother a visit as he&#;s burying Jim&#;s corpse, symbolically closing this unresolved chapter of the series&#; canon ahead of what is expected to be the Showtime series&#; eighth and final season.

Elsewhere in &#;You&#;ll Never Walk Alone,&#; which was co-written by showrunner David Hollander and Schreiber and directed by Hollander:

* Detective Perry agreed to release Bridget from custody after Ray saved her and Judge Scholl&#;s lives from Mayor Ferrati&#;s thugs. While Ferrati appears to be headed to prison for a long time, the police corruption piece of this storyline  — and the role Perry&#;s boss played in it — remains very much unresolved ahead of a potential eighth season.

* As he was frequently warned, Smitty paid the ultimate price for climbing into bed with the Donovan clan: Bridget&#;s  clueless hubby was (presumably?) slaughtered in an episode-ending gun battle involving Daryl, Bunchy, Mickey and the Sullivan brothers. I say &#;presumably&#; because, well, you never know with this show. Regardless, it&#;s probably safe to assume Bridget will not be moving back to L.A. anytime soon.

* In the wake of the suicide death of his new cancer-stricken BFF Dolores, Terry appeared to be thisclose to following her lead. Ultimately, he paid a visit to the Empire State Building&#;s observation deck to take in the view vs. his own life.

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Ray Donovan Recap 01/05/ Season 7 Episode 8 "Passport and Gun"

Tonight on Showtime Emmy Award-winning drama Ray Donovan airs with an all-new Sunday, January 5, , episode and we have your Ray Donovan recap down below.  On tonight’s Ray Donovan season 7 episode 8 called,  “Passport and Gun,” as per the Showtime synopsis, “Gary O&#;Malley seeks justice from the Sullivans, while Ray and Smitty must cover for their own actions. Daryll calls Jasmine with an opportunity that lands them face-to-face with Declan Sullivan. Terry and Bunchy head back upstate to settle some unfinished business with the Shaman.

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Ray Donovan opens with Jim in the car, he orders a massage and acupuncture. Jim gets out of the car when one of the sons of his recently murdered cohort takes a shot at him but misses. Jim says to heck with O’Malley, he is a piece of shit.

Jim’s daughter is awake, she asks if he slept. Ray says the first time he met her father, he was ten years old, he was looking for his father with a kitchen knife to kill him – her father sent him back home. She gets a call, then says oh my God.

Daryll has the briefcase, he calls Jasmine and tells her to bring their passports and his gun – she is wondering what is going on.

Ray passes a broken water main on his way to the office, he finds Smitty sleeping on the couch. Ray sends him out to buy coffee. He tells Ray he was brought in by the detective, he didn’t say anything different. Ray gets a collect call from a detention center, it is Gary O’Malley.

Gary is upset, he says Jim thinks he can get away with murder, he killed his father and wants to get even with that piece of crap – he has pictures to prove it. Declan shows up at Ray’s office, he asks him if he couldn’t find anybody better to screw than his sister Molly. Ray asks him why he is there, Declan wants the stocks that Darryl has. One way or the other, Declan vows to get back what belongs to them.

Ray calls Bunchy and asks him to stake out Daryll’s place.

Terry is in the hospital, the woman who saved his life, tells him that she had to hand over her emeralds to the shaman, and when she asked for it back, they said she gave it to them to keep. Delores asks Terry to get it back, she wants to give it to her daughter before she dies.

Ray visits Gary, his brother Ronnie has his dad’s old tapes to blackmail Jim who he thinks killed his father.

Terry calls Bunchy for a ride, he needs to go upstate now.

Jasmine arrives home, she grans the passports and the gun, then leaves.

Ray returns to the office, he loads his gun. Smitty asks if he needs help, he says no – but ends up taking him with him.

Jasmine arrives to see Darryl, she is being followed by Strictland. Ray goes to erase the tape that Gary was talking about, he knows that Darryl was the killer and he needs to bury that. Smitty sees Ray erase the tape.

Terry goes to see the shaman, he tells him that he is there for Delores’ necklace. The shaman tells him to forget this false quest. Terry can still kick ass, he gives the shaman a beating. Bunchy walks in and tells the shaman to tell Terry where it is, or else. They get the necklace, Terry and Bunchy leave.

Smitty tells Ray that he thinks all the time about when Terry said, whatever happens between he and Bridget, he can’t leave the family because they killed all those cops, does he think about what he did. And, Daryl said Ray went crazy on that cop and shot him like twenty times. Ray says he got what he deserved. Smitty is wearing a wire.

Daryll is in bed with Jasmine, when Stictland Sullivan shows up at the door – he wants to make a deal. He offers Daryll two million, Daryll tells him to come inside. Daryll says ok, they can meet in an hour.

Ray goes back to see Gary, he tells him there was nothing on the tape. Gary says it was working the last time he checked, he doesn’t understand. Ray says he will call a lawyer to help him. Gary asks if he is still working for Sullivan, after what he did to his family and his sister. Gary is furious, he tells Ray to go ask Sullivan himself what he did to his sister. Ray is wondering what Gary means.

We see a young version of Ray, he brings Jim a rare baseball shirt that he collected from someone who owed Jim money. Jim tells him if he needs anything at all, he should go see him. Jim gives Ray and picture that it is on his wall.

Darryl is with Jasmine, outside by her car, making plans about a one-way ticket to Antigua when Sullivan shows up with the cash. Daryll looks in the bag and sees that there is not two million dollars in the bag. Sullivan brings someone with him, who pulls a gun on Darryl. Sullivan tells Daryll to open the trunk, Jasmine turns around and pulls a gun on Sullivan. In their getaway, Jasmine is in the car with Daryll and gets shot.

Jim has fallen asleep with a drink beside him when his daughter shows up and sees the box of tapes beside him. She manages to retrieve the tapes she is looking for without waking him up.

Daryll is driving around, he is freaked out that Jasmine is now dead beside him, he can barely look at her.

Ray is in his office having a drink when Smitty asks if he can stay there again, he says yes. Ray goes to leave, he sees a white van parked outside his office. Ray returns inside to speak to Smitty. Ray asks him to take his shirt off. Smitty says he didn’t have a choice, the detective was going to come after Bridget. Smitty takes off his shirt, he is wearing a wire, he says he is sorry. Ray leaves the office, the cops come out of the van and tell Ray to get down on the ground. Ray says you want to talk, let’s talk.

THE END

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Ray Donovan recap: &#;You&#;ll Never Walk Alone&#; (Season 7 finale)

Scores were settled in the Season 7 finale of Ray Donovan but, if we&#;re going to be honest, a lot of questions went unanswered so let&#;s get right to it.

Mystery No. 1 (unsolved): Here is the phone conversation Molly played for Ray. It was between young Larry O&#;Malley (Gary&#;s father) and young Jim Sullivan regarding Ray&#;s sister Bridget.

LARRY: No, Jim, check this out. Gary said that she said she went to the drugstore and got one a those, um, uh, pregnancy tests.
JIM: Who got a pregnancy test? Gary&#;s girlfriend?
LARRY: Yeah, what&#;s her face, uh
JIM: She bought a pregnancy test?
LARRY: Yeah, what&#;s, uh &#;
JIM: Bridget Donovan
LARRY: Bridget bleepin&#; Donovan, yeah.
JIM: She&#;s in the family way?
LARRY: Look, that&#;s what Gary says, Jim. And you you know what I told Gary? I said, &#;That&#;s on her.&#;

Certainly, one would conclude that Gary was the baby&#;s father from that. If they had anything in the episode that made it clear to Ray and Molly that Jim was the baby&#;s father, we missed it. We&#;re not talking about scenes between Jim and Bridget confirming to the audience that it was true. Neither Ray nor Molly would have known about it. Also, why wouldn&#;t Bridget tell Ray if she would tell Gary? Why wouldn&#;t Gary tell Ray? Why would Bridget try to call Mickey when she found herself unable to go into Planned Parenthood. How do we even know it was Mickey who hung up on Bridget? When Mickey kidnapped Jim Sullivan, he said he was in jail when Bridget died. And so on and so forth.

Also, there were several references in Season 1 to Bridget and drugs: In Episode 1 (The Bag or the Bat), Ray told his daughter, Bridget, that his sister was high when she jumped off the building. In Episode 7 (New Birthday), Ray talked to Gary O&#;Malley in Boston and asked him if he knew why Bridget did it. Gary said it was 25 years ago, they were high all the time and he can&#;t look back at that because there are no answers. (Ray went to the cemetery where it showed his mom died on 3/20/ and his sister died on 5/15/). In Episode 8 (Bridget), Ray told his daughter Bridget that &#;Auntie Bridget&#; killed herself because she was pregnant and on drugs.

Mystery No. 2 (solved): The identity of the dead body that Ray took out of his trunk and dug a very deep and wide grave for was eventually revealed. First they had to make us think it was Mickey, because Ray looked pretty happy about the whole thing tramping through the woods with the body slung over his shoulder.

Mystery No. 3 (solved): We wondered whose side Molly Sullivan would be on as things came to a head between the Donovan clan and the Sullivans. She most definitely wanted to be on Ray&#;s side. But Ray decided that was not going to work out since he was going to kill her father.

He was tryin&#; to protect you, Bridge ~ Ray Donovan

Now aside from all that, the episode did pick up out in the woods with Ray and Detective Perry hunting the cops Mayor Feratti sent to kill them and vice versa. Ray and Perry managed to take them out. They found Judge Scholl alive and scared out of his wits. Ray asked Perry to try to keep Bridget off the stand and she indicated that he could just go pick up Bridget. Ray took his daughter to a quiet bench in front of the water and encouraged her to forgive Smitty, much to our surprise. For no reason in the world, Bridget began warbling &#;You&#;ll Never Walk Alone.&#; 🤣🤣🤣 We can&#;t see how that triggered a flashback to the day Ray&#;s sister died for him. Perhaps &#;I Miss You&#; () by Klymaxx would have been a better choice. (&#;I thought I heard your voice yesterday&#;.)

I made a deal for the papers ~ Mickey Donovan

Mickey and Smitty were at Daryll&#;s place when Bunchy and Daryll showed up. Mickey had no idea what had transpired since he last saw Daryll so he thought he was about to get his hands on the Sullivan Industries stock certificate, only to learn that the briefcase is in Ray&#;s hands. Bunchy was pissed off that Smitty the Rat was there. Daryll didn&#;t give a thought to how his own greed and stupidity led to Jasmine&#;s death. Instead he told Smitty that he&#;s a good kid but he needs to get away from Mickey or he&#;s going to end up dead. How convenient to have Mickey as a handy scapegoat, eh?

Um, God please forgive me. I was weak and I betrayed my family ~ Smitty

Anyone who grew up in a superstitious Catholic family (I did) had to have found Mickey&#;s &#;signs&#; hilarious. There was the &#;auspicious&#; robin red breast. Then Mickey convinced Smitty to confess his biggest sin directly to God, in imitation of the Jewish Day of Atonement. As soon as Smitty finished doing that, Bridget called and told him to come home. Smitty and Bridget made up but he wanted to get in on Mickey&#;s deal. Bridget told him to forget about the money and asked him to go back to L.A. with him. Smitty was cool with going to L.A. Secretly, he still intended on getting some of the Sullivan money.

Mickey confessed his myriad sins and also asked for forgiveness, and Frankie Lee called right up with a new offer of $25 million. To a Catholic, practicing or not, these would be genuine signs from God that He is listening.

It always comes down to money, doesn&#;t it? ~ Ray Donovan

Mickey tracked Ray down and demanded, at gunpoint, that he hand over the stock. Ray gave it up without a fuss, other than letting Mickey know how contemptible he is. He told Mickey what Jim Sullivan did to Bridget and how Mickey left his children alone to be preyed on by wild animals. Okay, but at the time Ray was working as Jim Sullivan&#;s enforcer, beating guys who owed Sullivan money with a bat. If Bridget had told him what happened, surely Ray would have taken care of pervert Jim then. But when Bridget pleaded cramps to get out of working for Jim, Ray insisted that she go to work.

Mickey took the briefcase. Ray called Bunchy and told him there was a tracking device in the briefcase: &#;Follow it, don&#;t let him outta your sight.&#;

Jim Sullivan showed up at Ray&#;s office, feeling pretty chipper. He thought he was going to get the papers back and he wanted to take Ray to Pete Luger&#;s for a celebratory steak dinner. Ray confronted him with a gun and asked Jim what he did to his sister. Jim claimed he didn&#;t know what Ray was talking about and Ray shot him down.

I&#;m here to find the man who stole from my father ~ Declan Sullivan

Frankie Lee got a visit from Declan Sullivan. He put a gun on the table and demanded to know who was buying the Sullivan stock. She didn&#;t have much choice but to give up his brother, Kevin, and the location where the trade was going to go down.

And that is how Declan Sullivan and his backup showed up at the same time as Bunchy and Daryll while Kevin Sullivan and Mickey were about to trade briefcases. Declan demanded that Kevin hand the stuff over. Daryll spotted Declan, pulled out his gun and fired at him. It missed and Declan fired back, hitting Smitty. Daryll shot Declan right between the eyes, then walked past Smitty and shot Declan some more. (Mystery No. 4 (unsolved): We never did find out Declan&#;s awful history.)

Kevin Sullivan closed the briefcase with the money, got in his car and split. Mickey was trying to collect the scattered papers from the ground. Daryll walked up and trained his gun on Mickey, shouting &#;You did this.&#; &#;Daryll,&#; Bunchy yelled and Daryll just left. Mickey finished scooping up the papers and left, too. Smitty was left to die in the street, all alone, another victim of greed and stupidity.

Terry&#;s storyline: Terry heard on the news that his friend Dolores committed suicide by jumping off somewhere. Last time we saw Dolores, she was bedridden in a hospital bed so how she managed that is another unsolved mystery. It&#;s still very sad. Dolores stopped Terry from committing suicide at the ashram. Now she&#;s done it herself.

Terry went to see Dr. Amiot at his home and told him about that and how Linda Ronstadt has Parkinson&#;s. He cried when he learned she can&#;t sing anymore because she &#;lost her gift before she lost her life.&#; The good doctor soon realized that Terry was entertaining suicidal thoughts himself. Terry left and went to the Empire State Building and that&#;s where he was at the end of the episode. We&#;ve been batting zero on our assumptions of what&#;s going to happen, but we&#;ll take a guess that Dr. Amiot will call up Ray before he goes to sleep and Ray will rescue Terry.

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Ray Donovan Season-Finale Recap: Storm’s End

Ray Donovan

You’ll Never Walk Alone

Season 7 Episode 10

Editor’s Rating 4 stars ****

Photo: Jeff Neumann/SHOWTIME

Last season Ray Donovan ended on a surprisingly upbeat note, with the entire Donovan clan together in one home hearing Bridget sing at the dinner table. Bridget sings again to end this season, but it’s an ironic song choice that also gives the episode its title, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”; the Elvis Presley version of the song is repeated over the final montage, in which every character we see is quite literally alone. It closes the season on a deeply melancholy note that evokes all that’s been lost: Terry’s physical strength, Bridget’s hope for happiness, the Donovans’ childhoods when their father left them to be preyed on by adults. It’s a remarkably sad episode of Ray Donovan, one that concludes with all of its characters in emotional holes as deep as the one Ray spends the episode digging.

If this elegiac season has been about what’s been lost, it’s also been about how trauma and tragedy will never truly stay buried. It opened with decapitated heads floating to the surface and ends with vengeance for the death of Ray’s sister — it’s almost as if Ray Donovan decided to go to therapy and things just started surfacing everywhere. It was a solid season, not quite as impressive as last year, and the truncated episode count made it feel like the finale was rushed, but it’s certainly more ambitious and emotionally fulfilling than some of the series’ lesser years. Not to mention it ends in a way that will almost surely bring people back next year, if just to see how the Donovans crawl their way back to normalcy, or if that’s even possible.

The main thrust of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is about bringing closure to the Sullivan Saga. A blackmail attempt on Kevin Sullivan opened a door to the past for the Donovans, and through that door, Mickey Donovan saw a chance to get what he felt Jim Sullivan robbed from him. What he didn’t realize until the finale was that Jim Sullivan robbed way more than gold coins from Mick. As the show has hinted for weeks and made explicit through flashback this episode, Jim Sullivan was having sex with Bridget Donovan, she got pregnant, and then she killed herself because she couldn’t bring herself to get an abortion. Once Ray puts it all together, he shoots Jim Sullivan between the eyes.

Jim isn’t the only Sullivan to get a bullet in the head this episode. The saga of the Sullivan stocks that Mickey was paid as ransom comes to a brutal, violent end as well, turning another Donovan into a widow in the process. Throughout the episode, Mickey and Smitty speak of forgiveness and auspicious signals from the universe that everything is going to turn out all right. Smitty even gets back together with Bridget after asking God for forgiveness, and the two discuss moving back to Los Angeles.

And then that sinking feeling that this season had to end with the death of at least one major character reaches its logical endpoint. Mickey and Smitty meet with Kevin Sullivan to arrange the sale of the stocks, but they’re interrupted by a gun-wielding Declan Sullivan. Dealing with Declan would have been bad enough, but then Bunchy and Daryll jump out of a car and start shooting. Declan and his goon are shot multiple times and poor Smitty takes one in the jugular in the crossfire. He bleeds out in the middle of the street after Mickey runs off with the stocks. Mickey couldn’t even pause to hold Smitty’s hand or look in his eyes as he died. Add that to the list of sins Mickey Donovan will someday have to answer for.

The best scene in this somber episode doesn’t involve the Sullivans, though. Terry Donovan learned that Dolores, the kind woman he met at the commune, killed herself, and it lit a fire under his already simmering thoughts of suicide. He goes to speak with Dr. Amiot, and the two have a remarkable conversation, strengthened by a pair of phenomenal actors in Eddie Marsan and Alan Alda. Terry speaks of not being able to do what he loves anymore and remembers a photo of a woman who jumped from the Empire State Building. The episode then tracks Terry walking through Manhattan and to the roof of that building, ending with him looking out on a beautiful NYC sunset. It’s a foreboding destination, and he may still be thinking of jumping, but there’s something in that final moment that allows for hope that he knows there are people out there who still need him.

So where do all these lonely characters go from here? Has Mickey Donovan ever been lower? Sure, it’s a contest given the horrible choices he’s made in his life, but think about how he spent this season: He went to jail, almost died, learned the truth about his daughter’s suicide, was at least partially responsible for the death of his grandson-in-law, and watched as the one son who has stood by him most (Daryll) nearly shot him. If Bunchy hadn’t said anything, Daryll might have ended Mickey’s life right then and there, next to Smitty. It feels like a preview of what may still come before this series ends.

And what about Ray? As he says, he can’t be around Molly Sullivan anymore, especially after killing her father. That’s another shot at happiness gone. Terry is going to need his brother’s help emotionally for what’s to come, and Ray is going to have to be there for his daughter when they learn about what happened to Smitty. Most of all, it feels like Ray’s anger at his father has shifted to something even more palpable. As he says, Mickey left them as children to be preyed on by abusive adults. It’s really been a theme of the show for years, how awful people like Mickey Donovan destroy the lives of everyone around them. How long can Ray keep cleaning up the debris?

• Did you notice that Liev Schreiber got a co-writing credit this week? That’s his first on the show (he wrote the films Everything Is Illuminated and Chuck, the former of which he also directed). It’s actually a little surprising it took this long. Other than the creators, there’s probably no one who knows the characters better.

• I love that Mickey Donovan still has a flip phone. We’ve probably seen that before, but it made me laugh this week for some reason.

• Does anyone remember Conor Donovan? Think we’ll ever see him again?

• How do we feel about the ten-episode season? Every other one has been 12 (and it’s a little weird that there’s now two weeks off before Homeland, right?). The finale felt a little rushed, but this is a show that has struggled with wheel-spinning before, so rushed is probably better than dragged out.

• So who’s this year’s MVP? Alan Alda and Eddie Marsan had the most emotionally resonant scenes this season, and Liev Schreiber was very strong. Pooch Hall also was allowed some deeper character work than some seasons that used him more like a plot device. It’s a tough call, but I’d probably go with Marsan.

• On the other end, Kerris Dorsey and Dash Mihok didn’t have as much to do as in some of their best years. And a lot of the supporting cast felt a little wasted. I kept waiting for a bigger presence for Kevin Corrigan and Josh Hamilton. Peter Gerety probably made the biggest impact in terms of seasonal guest stars.

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