Desperate Housewives (2004–2012)
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Finishing the Hat 

Everything that begins must eventually end, as the beginnings and endings walk us both forwards and backwards, taking our final stroll down Wistera Lane.



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Everything that begins must eventually end, as the beginnings and endings walk us both forwards and backwards, taking our final stroll down Wistera Lane.

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13 May 2012 (USA)  »

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Closure for the true fans!
13 June 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Well part of me wanted to give it a 10, but when you watch the final 10 minutes and you are blown away by the montage and sudden twist at the end, you can't help but feel you wanted just something more!

What a show this has been, I honestly think those that criticise it are not giving it a fair chance! Over the years we have had four brilliant female characters tackle the daily problems that we all experience in our love lives and work lives, but with a whole lot of drama thrown in! This is television - I want it to be over the top and unreal! I won't spoil the ending, but when you hear the final narration and what is to become of the characters in the future... you can't help but panic as the final minutes begin to close! You don't want to let go... and sadly letting go is a big part of the bittersweet ending.

In the very final moments you are reminded of the past 8 years (13 in the show). The final words spoken by Mary Alice sum up the series so perfectly that it delivers a satisfactory ending. I'm not spoiling anything here - the promos show that the finale focuses on a wedding and it does. They aired the last two episodes together, the first half concludes the season and sets up the final episode. I felt the final episode should have had another focus and been a double of its own - who remembers the season 2 double finale 'Remember?' That will always be my favourite season finale and I would have preferred a similar ending with more flashbacks. There has been a number of flashbacks in this season (with many continuity errors) it would have been great to make a two hour finale on its own with more time for each character! They filmed so close to airing the finale, within two weeks of the air date! This could have been to keep everything quiet? Who knows! It felt they didn't give the finale their all, unlike the season 1 and 2 finales, which captured the show's talent so wonderfully!

When watching the episode, I felt like this couldn't be the finale! 'Is this really over in a few minutes? How are they going to conclude everything!' This is natural, I guess, when watching the final episode of a show you love and have stuck with through its run! Even though I focused on the negatives this is still one of the most wonderful conclusions to a television series that I have ever see. There truly aren't many shows that would get, or even deserve the final moments that Desperate Housewives provides for its viewers, which is an incredibly powerful goodbye to a wonderful show... they'll never be another show like it!

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