Did Weeds Really Just End Like THAT?

SPOILERS ahead for those of you who haven't watched Monday's Season 7 finale.

The Weeds of today is a very different show than the one we encountered in the original pilot, but despite Nancy Botwin's locale changes, prison stints, and rising drug lord status, Weeds ended its seventh season more or less where it began: in the suburbs. An unsteady compromise between the various members of the fractured Botwin family led to Nancy and her sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh) agreeing to settle in Connecticut to raise Nancy's toddler together, plus eldest son Silas would get to run his own pot business from the guest house. In some unfinished business, Shane seems to have been blackmailed into joining the police academy, and Doug may or may not be about to take the fall for cooking books at his Wall Street firm. All in all, an interesting way to conclude this strange, New York-based season.

BUT then, after a fake-out involving a little girl shining a laser pointer onto Nancy's forehead, we got the final shot: REAL rifle crosshairs scanned over each family member's face before settling on Nancy's, and then BANG! Gunshot/cut to black. Granted, we didn't see Nancy die, but that could have something to do with one well-known fact: Weeds hasn't yet been renewed for an eighth season. Which means that if Showtime finally decides the series has run its course, it will have ended with its protagonist getting SHOT IN THE FACE.

If the renewal order comes through, we'll inevitably get some kind of quirky cop-out. "Oh, it was just a paintball gun, and the neighbor has an interesting way of saying hello!" But is it weird of me to secretly hope Weeds ends with Nancy getting taken out? Not only would that be a pretty audacious way to end a series, but also Weeds has made it crystal clear that this lady ruins the lives of everyone around her. Or maybe there's a third, even weirder option: Nancy's been killed, and the show will focus on Jennifer Jason Leigh keeping the Botwins together? Nevermind, even as I was typing that sentence I was like, "No thanks!"

If I were savvier about how the television industry works, I might assume that Weeds executive producer Jenji Kohan intentionally created a cliffhanger that would compel Showtime to want to renew the show. Remember the Season 6 cliffhanger, when Nancy finally got arrested? That struck me as the same type of situation. The show could have ended just before that final scene, but then Weeds was like, "Nope, we will do anything to keep you watching." So now the only question is, did it work this time around?


What did you think of the Weeds season finale?
...Is Nancy alive or dead?
...Is Weeds coming back for another season?

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Nancy's finally got some stability with a good income so she can now 'provide' for her family.
Silas' plans regarding the drugs which also symbolises him taking his final step out on the journey to becoming a man and leaving the nest.
Nancy discovers Silas' plans & robs him for all the weed to 'teach him a lesson'.
Silas finds out it was his mum who robbed him! This is the straw that breaks the camels back.
Silas sets a hit on Nancy.
Nancy makes dramatic speech at lunch thinking the bad times are behind her.
Sniper shot kills Nancy.

If Weeds gets granted next season I wonder if. . . .
Weeds shifts its focus to Silas' decisions & how they impact people (but I predict on a more subtle tone & perspectives change between the other characters a lot more frequently. These characters will have a lot more power in the show because Nancy's finally out of the picture)
A lot more pop culture will be involved but it will be strongly contrasted against the flavours of the past seasons of the show.

I dno. I like the show but i hate it as well because of Nancy. I've been waiting for this day for the last 2 weeks since my partner started watching it 24/7. A girl can dream :)


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This shit suck all the thing she did and she didn't die wow. White people show always have a good ending lol. Next time y'all make something new make it real. When you watch black show it alway a bad ending. Make it a more thrilling show with a good ended in like we all know the Mexico cartel would have really been killed here but hey this is a white person tv show so they live. My rate on this is trash wouldn't watch it again two thumb down
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Actually I changed my mind. It didn't clearly show a silencer. You can only see the rifle from the front and it's indistinguishable what kind of rifle it even is, or if that was a silencer. However the gunshot wasn't very loud, so it may have been silenced, in which case maybe she did get shot. People have a misconception that a silencer makes a gun silent - it doesn't. It reduces the sound but not significantly, and that sounds like a silenced shot at the end of the episode. Damn cliff hangers, damn season breaks.
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Write off, pardon my tired English.
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As pstuhr said I don't believe she got shot. My theory since then has been that someone shot the guy with the rifle. And I'm almost positive esteban or whatever his name is has something to do with this - there's no way he actually died in prison, that's too easy of a right off for a mafia lord. He wouldn't go down that way. They did it that way on purpose to have a super cliff hanger. While I think we can all agree the show has done several 180s since season 1, everyone would like it to keep going. This isn't Fox so they will take the decision and take time to make it.
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I don't think she was shot because it clearly shows the sniper having a silencer and when the shot went off it was obviously not silent. so that leads to even more questions, like who shot what gun at who? I hate that they would end it like this, so many things left to explain
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WTF!!! Ofcourse there is going to be a season 8 why wouldnt there be weeds is one of the best shows on tv and i would cancel my showtime subscription the minute i found out it was canceled i have watched every episode of weeds since day one lol i was like 14 i am now 21 im just so fuckin pissed it ended like this i mean eevery season has a crazy cliffhanger but this one was just to fuckin much i mean who shot her cant really ask why bc she has a tendency to piss everyone off but we need to know who aAaaRrrrGHHhh
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This just can't be the end. The show has way too many followers. Lets face it, the past few seasons leave us with "cliff-hangers" for the just in case it is over. That just means that the writers know that you can't keep going thinking that the show will last forever. I get that. But I don't think this is one of those endings and if the past seasons have shown us anything it's that Nancy keeps coming back. I say we still have a couple more seasons left. I'm also with lec-trik, lets try to keep going until they legalize it!
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Until they LEGAL-izzzzze POT !!!



SHOWTIME has a big winner & canceling should be off the table .

my $0.02
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damn im actually voting on the comments that wants another season to air of weeds like my voting on these comments will actually count as a vote of confidence and bring weeds back for season 8 wtf lol im tripping ya'll but i really dont want weeds to end!!!!!!
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if you guys ended this show like hbo did soprano's im pissed. if you guys ended this show like big love with the main character being shot and killed i will never watch your channel again!!!!! im pissed off already with your weak ending of the season 7!!!! however im still hooked on weeds and would love to watch it for another three seasons but you guys have some amends to make for the b.s. ending of this season!!!! please bring back the show please??????
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I could live with this ending, I'm confident though, that there is going to be another season.
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I've been hoping for several seasons that someone would finally shoot this b**ch in the face and be done with it.
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I could have sworn that when they announced season 7 they also said there would be a season 8
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I love this show, but have to say this season was my least favorite, but it's stil better than most shows on TV. Why they don't get nominated for emmys and globes more often is just ridiculous, esp the actor who plays Andy, give him the emmy already!!! They need to wrap it up, but if that Sopranoesqeu ending is it, they have pissed off alot of the fans.
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Kohan is probably a little scared to be out of the job. Its dog eat dog in the script writer's world.
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Bring it back! Nancy deserves better.
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As my nest friend says. It was a dream sequence! This is how Nancy "wants" her family to be. And I think if it really was a sniper, it might be a Mexican out for revenge.
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I for one am ready for Weeds to end.
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Noo!!! What will I watch !!?!!?? I dreem of living a rich life ( no kids ) with all tha weed to offer !!! Lol
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After some thinking i think it makes sense to think it was Peter's kid. He's ALWAYS been a bitter kid with an anger issue. Now while I realize it could have been a hired hit and not the actual person doing the shooting, freeze framing on the shooter, it does bear a striking resemblance to the kid. With the curly hair and everything. And to the person who posed the question of "If there's a silencer how can there be a bang?"... nice catch... I missed that my first watch through. Very good question...
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Because as I posted above, a silenced shot, especially from a rifle, is still very loud - and if you listen to the gunshot at the end, its more likely to be a silenced shot than unsilenced.
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The sniper was taken out by another sniper.
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It's a paintball gun. Kids suck. Shane...you know what to do. That red dot was genius, though.



I love Weeds, and this season had a couple great episodes, but it's nowhere near as good as when it started. Downhill as soon as U-Turn died, I say (I miss that guy so much).



No one on the show deserves getting shot more than Nancy, but I've always held out for something non-life threatening, and with no permanent damage to her hot factor.
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Paintball guns don't sound like that. At all. CO2 does not at all make the same sound as gunpowder.
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Love, Love, Love Weeds. It is one of the most unique shows on TV today. How many suburban housewives do you see portrayed as drug kingpins. I thought the ending was great and hope Showtime renews for another season. If they renew, she is NOT dead. If they don't...I choose to believe she and her clan will go on without us.
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I don't understand what's with all the bashing. Weeds does have a tendency to jump from location to location, but I still feel like it's a very enjoyable show and that there's still a good amount of character development. I could easily watch another last three seasons in the suburbs before Nancy finally gets what's coming to her.
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this season sucked
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Renew...repeat...repeat...repeat...
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1 - 4 seasons i liked very much but 5 , 6, 7 no no no
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i am fine if this is how it ends. as soon as they announce an 8th season i will shoot myself in the face.
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ugg, who cares, this season sucked, ooh, I mean the last couple of seasons sucked. Let her die, she has no reasonable comprehension skills or common sense.
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You really need to read the article Jenji Kohan did at this link http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/09/weeds-creator-jenji-kohan-someones-out-to-kill-nancy-lot-of-season-8-possibilities.html



It is she states that someone is out to kill Nancy and it's someone from seasons past.
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Over the years that Weeds has been on the air it has become increasingly clear that the show's writer; Jenji Kohan is not known for his particularly strong plot development, or as it turns out in the end, character development, either. "Let's shoot the shows main protagonist in the head, fade to black". Thanks for spending 7 years watching my show fans? If that's your attempt at getting season 8....good luck. Obviously that was the army guy dimitri who was mad that you went and got all that stuff from his army buddies. But would he actually shoot her...no, just scare her. That's how season 8 would open, if it does. At this point I'm finding it hard to care much about a show I once considered in the top 3 shows on tv. (seasons 1 and 2 only)
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Jenji Kohan is a she, and, if you think there isn't character development in Weeds, you apparently have missed the last 89 episodes.
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Over the days that this post has been on the net, it has become increasingly clear that the post's writer, tvguy007 is not known for his particularly strong research, or as it turns out in the end, Weeds creator knowledge, either.



Jenji is a female, not a male. So no Jenji is not known for "his" particularly strong plot development.



Sorry couldn't resist. Just do a *little research before you bash someone who has obviously created a successful series.
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no, it was supposed to be the son of nancy's second husband, the DEA agent ( probably getting revenge because he blames nancy for his father's death). kohan said in an interview that the shooter is someone from the past, not this season. if you freeze the frame, you can see it's the same actor.
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I really hope Showtime will not renew the show for another season. Don't get me wrong, but the end was perfect with Nancy finally getting killed. All of her moments during these 7 seasons were leading to this. Also, both Season 6 and Season 7 were catastrophic (if we take the two season finales out - they were ok, but just that - ok). I guess it would be better for Showtime to finish these series before it gets more ruined.
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I hope Weeds is coming back for another season because there are too many unanswered questions hanging in the air. And Nancy better be alive because if she isn't it doesnt matter to me if Weeds gets another season because it isn't Weeds without Nancy Botwin. Oh, and I would like for Celia to come back for the last season. The show was way better inte the beginning when Celia was in it, Doug was mayor and everyone was living in Agrestic. Since the town burnt down Weeds has gone nowhere but down....
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Despite the developments since then I agree, the show seemed so much cooler when they were in Agrestic.
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That music in the background, when they stand at the table, I heard it in another show, but I can't remember in which one. Now, we have to wait for the confirmation of season 8.
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you don't have to wait, you can just look the song up online. I highly doubt they'd have the same song playing in season 8, anyways.
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My first thought is Esteban. Really don't think she died though, even if the rifle was aimed at her head! If they decided that this was the last season, wouldn't they atleast do the whole "The last season of Weeds"-thing to lure viewers in?
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She didn't as it is renewed but it's hard to miss if you are aimed at a stationary targets head, with ascope, unless you're a moron. I am legally blind in my shooting eye - I can't hit a target at 100m at the range (because most ranges force you into a very very limited field of vision with surroundings that are, helpfully enough, the exact same color as your sights so even with glasses you can't see) - but when I use my scope, I get bullseyes. I've used my rifle 4 times. So if you can't hit someone with a scope, especially at that distance, you weren't aiming at them.
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Esteban is dead, I'm wondering if it might be Guillermo; They never mentioned him? Or did I miss it?
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That's exactly why it would be him. It wouldn't be the first time someone comes back from the dead on TV! And we never got more confirmation of Estebans death than that one person said he was, I didn't by it..
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I saw Esteban holding the rifle
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I think going back to the suburbs and having young kids around could be good for the show. But, it will inevitably return to the stupid crap. What's so bad about a normal suburban mom selling drugs? I'd STILL watch that show. But nooooooo. Grr.
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Always love Weeds, if it comes back we'll be watching. Interesting that the same cop-out ending was used for the first season finale of Necessary Roughness.
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I'm disgusted with myself half the time when I watch Weeds. I suffered through at least two bad seasons a mediocre one or two and some darn good ones. All because I really REALLY wanna have sex with Mary Louise Parker. Thats all I got folks, hope they come back.
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there will be a 8th season - there's a clip on the sho.com website, where the author sais that someone tried to kill Nancy (which means he wasn't successful), and they set that all up for a season 8.

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Jenji Kohan has said that the shooter is a part of Nancy's past catching up to her - should there be an eighth season. Look it up - didn't take me long to find out.
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ah it time for her to die
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Yes, this is the end of the series. And the end confirms what I have thought for awhile: Weeds is this decade's Soap. The end is a tribute to the end of that ground-breaking series.
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She's dead, Jim.
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I wished they had killed of Nancy two years ago. She is the worst character on the show.
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It's simple, someone shot the person pointing the gun at Nancy. The gun pointed at her had a silencer on it, so it wouldn't have sounded like that.
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that's what my man said too. about the gun having a silencer. we also think that maybe someone shot the person trying to shoot nancy. he thinks it's conrad. i heard rumors about there being a season 8 and conrad making another appearance. but we shall see, i guess.
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that's what my man said too. about the gun having a silencer. we also think that maybe someone shot the person trying to shoot nancy. he thinks it's conrad. i heard rumors about there being a season 8 and conrad making another appearance. but we shall see, i guess.
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You're right!



.... if there is an eight season that is most likely what is going to happen
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Great Epsidoe, Great Ending to a season, I hope there will be more seasons of Weeds. If this was the series finale, I am a bit disappointed but satisified at the same time I suppose. I really would like to see another season though!!!!!!!
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"What the f*ck was that!" Direct quote from me just after the bang. I hope there is another series, I hate these cliffhanger style endings, I want to to know exactly what happens to all of them (well maybe not Doug). Seriously, you spend 7-8 years getting to know and care about these characters and then - fade to black... bang. I've already resigned myself to the Stargate Universe ending, but not this as well.
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Sopranos style!
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I can't believe I'm saying this, but I haven't seen the Sopranos yet! Not exactly a spoiler though, it was all over the web when it ended.
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God I hope it's it. THe last 2 years have been utter crap with no hope of recovery. I hoped this season recover from last but now they're in too deep.
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I loved the finale - but I want an 8th season too. Hopefully it will get renewed.
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I loved the season finale and I agree it works great as a *series* finale BUT... I want an eight season!! ^_^'' With or without Nancy! (with would be preferable) :)
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