The Shield: Season 7 (2008)

Season 7
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The Shield's final season maintains the astounding and unrelenting onslaught of drama, violence, and thought-provoking moments of humanity that makes this series so fascinating.



Critic Ratings: 33


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User Ratings: 46

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Air date: Sep 2, 2008

The seventh (and final) season begins with Vic challenging Shane and dealing with threats to his family. Meanwhile, a federal agent arrives in Farmington to investigate a recent wave of violence.

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Air date: Sep 9, 2008

The Mexican-Armenian gang war heats up, enabling Vic to position himself as a valuable commodity to both sides. Meanwhile, black-on-white violence hits Farmington; Corrine and Cassidy confront Vic; Billings returns to work; and an Anglo rock singer is killed when someone in the predominately Hispanic apartment building where she lived drops a concrete block on her head.

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Air date: Sep 16, 2008

Corrine finds herself in legal trouble; Vic works an angle to make himself valuable to the Armenian mob; Tina targets a producer of adult entertainment.

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Air date: Sep 23, 2008

Following a fire at the Armenian safe house that killed two of his lieutenants, Rezian asks Vic to set up a meeting with the Mexicans, who think (thanks to Vic) that the Armenians have Pezuela's blackmail box. Meanwhile, an angry Cassidy goes to Danny with questions about her father; and Dutch questions a teenager who shot an intruder, who turns out to be the youth's classmate.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2008

When the daughter of a drug kingpin is kidnapped, the Strike Team must free her without drawing attention to the fact that Agent Olivia Murray (Laurie Holden) is following him. Meanwhile, serial killer Kleavon Gardner, soon to go on trial and defending himself, hits a nerve when he deposes Claudette; Dutch continues his effort to unmask teenager Lloyd as a potential serial killer; Danny pressures Vic to sign away his parental rights to their child; and Shane tries to turn Ronnie against Vic.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2008

Vic and Ronnie set up a Mexican-Armenian meeting but tell the two sides different things and keep some pertinent details from Shane; Shane and former Strike Team adversary Tavon Garris (Brian White) team up uneasily as a six-year-old murder case heats up; Ronnie gets a warning from Claudette about Vic's freelancing; and a naked sleepwalker (Scott Michael Campbell) is found in a warehouse with blood on his body that isn't his own.

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Air date: Oct 14, 2008

Vic's review-board hearing is moved up unexpectedly (but the result isn't unexpected), putting new pressure on his mission to take down Pezuela -- which hits another snag when the Feds take over the investigation of Robert Martin's murder. Meanwhile, Vic ramps up his quest to stay in his infant son's life; Shane tends to private business as he probes a prostitute's murder; and Dutch is disturbed by what he finds at Claudette's house when he and Billings investigate a neighborhood break-in.

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Air date: Oct 21, 2008

Vic and Ronnie escape attempts on their lives, and when Ronnie's assailant is caught, Shane must think and act quickly. Meanwhile, with barely a week to go before he must turn in his badge, Vic makes Agent Murray a business proposition. He also has some dirty work to do for Pezuela, involving a priest (Silas Weir Mitchell), whose church is in a location Pezuela finds inconvenient.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2008

Vic closes in on Shane, Mara and their sick young son; Claudette dismantles the Strike Team; Pezuela offers Aceveda "assistance" for his mayoral campaign; Rita Denton (Frances Fisher) comes on to Dutch; and Billings' ex-wife and daughter are fearful when a registered sex offender moves into their neighborhood.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2008

While Shane remains holed up in L.A. with Mara and Jackson, Corinne decides to cooperate with Dutch and Claudette, who's now spearheading the LAPD effort to bring down Vic. Meanwhile, Vic plays Aceveda, Pezuela, Beltran and ICE against each other. But Ronnie's tempted to simply give up and run to Mexico. "And you should run, too, man," he tells Vic.

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A corrupt and brutal LA detective runs an elite squad by his own rules in a neighbourhood ravaged by drugs and gangs.

Critic Reviews for The Shield Season 7

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (21)

Series creator Shawn Ryan pushes desperate Mackey to the limit, and Emmy-winner Chiklis responds with fascinating bravura.

Oct 25, 2019 | Full Review…

The whole sorry state of affairs cries out for a stiff dose of Mackey's fist-in-the-face retribution. It's what makes The Shield both powerful and troubling. His way repeatedly is made to seem like the only way.

Dec 3, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

I didn't think the Whitaker season could be topped, but depending on how the last five episodes go down, Ryan and company may have done it.

Aug 14, 2018 | Full Review…

When the end comes, it's breathtaking - and what's even more stunning is, after you've catalogued all of Mackey's unforgivable sins, you'll still find yourself rooting for him, the bastard.

Feb 24, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

What usually happens with a great show that runs for this length is a gradual waning of its powers as the series arc runs its course... The Shield, however, broke new ground once again with a stunning seventh season -- arguably its best.

Oct 28, 2019 | Full Review…

It's an extremely representative season, featuring as much of the good as the bad.

Oct 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Is it the best series finale ever made? No, but considering the circumstances, it is the best possible ending for The Shield, and one that will assure the show's legacy lives as on one of the best dramas on television.

Oct 28, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

A fitting and infuriating end to not only one of television drama's greatest anti-heroes, but to one of TV's greatest stories ever told.

Oct 25, 2019 | Full Review…

As The Shield starts its seventh and final season, maybe it is time to say goodbye.

Oct 25, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The Shield returns for its seventh and final season, somehow managing to keep up its relentless tension, grit and touch of sadism that has set it apart from other cop series.

Oct 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Culminates in one of the all-time greatest series finales in television history, one that manages to give The Sopranos a run for its money.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

I'd been anticipating a typical Dragnet-style procedural, but The Shield immediately proved its ability to defy conventions and expectations.

Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Shield: Season 7

  • Jan 19, 2021
    It´s a "live by the sword and die by the sword" finale!
  • Mar 23, 2020
    I gave the final season 4.5 stars and the rest of them 5 stars because there were a couple things about the ending that bothered me. I'm not going to give away the ending, but it did leave some unanswered questions.
  • Jan 17, 2020
    The best series finale in the history of television cop thrillers. As each member of the strike team goes down one by one (wreckage at the hands of Vic and Shane) , the final, and most responsible member, ends up where he belongs, alone and wrecked by the devastation he's caused his team and the world around him. It's an extremely tragic yet just ending for the infamous Vic Mackey and the best series finale of anything I've seen!
  • Oct 08, 2019
    The Shield had consistently high energy and stakes throughout its run, but the final season upped the ante and showed how all the remaining players tried to desperately hold their lives together while dealing with the blowback from all their decisions. Michael Chiklis' Vic Mackey was like a wild dog backed into a corner whose viciousness was on full display in one of the best character performances I've ever seen. Walton Goggins was equally praiseworthy in his unhinged portrayal of Shane Vendrell. I honestly thought this series was overall better than The Sopranos and The Wire, and doesn't get the legendary praise it should today.
  • Sep 16, 2019
    Brilliant, Just Brilliant. One of(if not the best) series endings of all time.
  • Jan 16, 2017
    In 8 years nobody came close... God bless!

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