Saying Goodbye to Desperate Housewives: What'd You Think of the Series Finale?

Well, it's over. After eight seasons (and a shockingly high death rate considering the suburban setting), Desperate Housewives aired its series finale last night, wrapping things up fairy-tale-style with lots of heavily ever afters. Let's break down the highlights character by character:

Bree:

– All charges were dropped in the case once Karen lied and took the blame for the murder—though of course it wasn't that simple. Tripp called Gaby to the stand again after he kissed Bree and she spilled the whole truth to him; he promised Bree he wouldn't call Gaby to the stand, but did anyway in order to help Bree. Bree was upset because he'd deceived her, but eventually forgave him once she realized what a good guy he was deep down—especially after he searched high and low for a particularly meaningful 45 and a record player to deliver to Karen before she died.

– Bree and Tripp ended up getting married and moving to Louisville. Tripp encouraged her to run for local politics, and Bree was elected to the Kentucky state legislature.


Karen (and Roy):

– When the ladies of the lane insisted that Karen let them care of her so that she could avoid a hospice (Roy had his own health issues), Karen realized that they truly thought of her as a friend, as family.

– Loyal to the end, Karen testified in court after she overheard Gaby discussing the case with Carlos—and discovered that Carlos killed child molester Alejandro and Gaby planned to take the blame since Bree's case was going south. Karen tells the jury that she killed the son of a bitch. Due to her age and failing health, no charges were held against her.

– Karen died at the end of the episode while listening to an old 45 from her childhood—the one Tripp found for her—with Roy by her bedside. Simultaneously, we saw Julie giving birth to her daughter, and Renee marrying Ben.


Lynette and Tom:

– Lynette and Tom got back together after finally confessing their true feelings. Tom got as far as filing the divorce papers, but a conversation with Roy—about telling the one you love how you feel before it's too late—changed his mind.

– Katherine Mayfair returned—not a lesbian anymore!—with a business proposition for Lynette. Katherine had started a line of frozen French pastries and business was booming; she asked Lynette to head up the U.S. division of her company in New York.

– Lynette accepted Katherine's offer and Lynette and Tom moved to New York, where they bought a penthouse and settled in to spend time with their six grandchildren and other extended family.


Renee and Ben:

– Ben refused to answer the prosecutor's questions when he was called to the stand during Bree's trial. He was found in contempt of court and arrested.

– When the prosecution learned that Renee had info on Bree's whereabouts the night of the murder, they threatened to deport Ben to Australia if she didn't come forward. Renee testified that she saw Bree the night of the crime—muddy, with leaves in her hair, and carrying a shovel.

– Renee apologized when Bree got off, and Bree forgave her.

– Renee and Ben got married.


Gaby and Carlos:

– Gaby and Carlos disagreed over who would take responsibility for the murder of Alejandro and each tried to stop the other from doing so. But with Karen's testimony, neither ended up needing to take the blame.

– Gaby became the breadwinner; a big promotion led to hear being named head of sales for her department. Tensions flared, as the status swap was uncomfortable for Carlos—to the point that he hired a hot female gardener as a dig at Gabrielle to remind her of her past transgressions—but they tried to keep their relationship intact in spite of it all.

– Carlos helped Gaby develop a personal shopping website, which resulted in Gaby getting her own show on the Home Shopping Network. The couple left Wisteria Lane to go live in a mansion in California.


Susan and her family:

– After her water broke in the limo while en route to Renee's wedding, Julie gave birth to a baby girl. Porter, Lynette, and Tom arrived during the delivery.

– Susan and the girls played their last round of poker before Susan moved away.

– Susan met the woman who who'd bought her house—she seemed to have some secrets of her own, and will no doubt keep the mysteries alive for those living on Wisteria Lane. – As Susan droves off with MJ, Julie, and the new baby, the ghosts of Wisteria Lane were shown watching over her.


All in all, there were happy endings all around. Because as Mary Alice said, "even the most desperate life is oh so wonderful." What did you think of the big finish?

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I love this show wish it could have came back
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I wish they hadnt ended it. There is plenty more they could have done, i know it was getting old, but i think two more seasons before ended it would have been okay still.
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I Always wanted it to end like Gaby said, the four of them playing poker. It''s just so said to see them split after more than 10 years living together in the lane, i mean the end could've been much better than thiis, Gaby could get a better job and bree could enter politics and lynette could go back to work and susan would stay in her house and all that in wisteria lane!!!! The End toally Sucked :(
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im heartbroken....
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loved it, gonna miss the show so much, been a part of my life for so long now.... farewell wisteria lane:(
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i cried / laughed and loved the ending :)
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i cried...

i know the past few years it started to get a little repetitive and boring sometimes but it was a great show! the ending was really good and i liked how everything got tangled and solved =)
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So dissapointed that we didnt get an ending for Bob and Lee
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I really loved the ending... really poetic.. I am gonna miss this show ! Very samrt the window for a future genenarion of wives..
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I watched it yesterday and I'm still crying my eyes out!!! Gonna miss this show so effing much!!!!!!!
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Where the heck have Bree's children been during their mother's trial?

Why didn't they give Orson and ending?

And, if anyone else remembers that Lee and Bob had an adopted daughter please raise you hand!
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Where are Gaby and Carlos's children?
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I think I liked this ending more than any TV show I've seen in years. It was a sweet ending. And with so many stories complete.



The only negative is that I'd have liked to see a little more of the future....



Of five children, Lynette only has 6 grandchildren?



What about Susan's future?



And I'd have loved to see what happens to the kids. The Scavo kids, the Solis girls, MJ and Julie, Bree's kids ... it might have been nice to see what happens to them.



And finally... I'm with everyone who said they would have liked to see the ladies having one last poker game when they're old and gray, with them sharing how they lived a happy life, with Karen looking over them.
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Way to predictable, but I really liked the ending. It was a nice way to continue the show without actually airing more episodes.
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It could have been nice if the last scene had been a reunion of the housewives after splitting apart.
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I loved the final 5 minutes more than possibly anything the show has ever done. The ghosts and the final twist with the new neighbor and her mysterious box were both brilliantly done
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I'll definitely miss this show!
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I will miss this increadible show and all the housewives and thte ending was great.
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it was an amazing series finale, it made justice and I kept with tears every minute... I had the feeling they were going to be split in different lives out of the lane and so it was... I won't say I'd have loved they all stay but life keeps going on and changes and that was the amazing thing... the glimpse of everyone's future made it complete and the cliff hanger of the secret well it's Wisteria Lane what else could possible come to the street?? :)

Fantastic, definitely one of my best series and one of my best series finale...
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as far as i know everyone liked the ending. I really enjoyed it, a massive fan of the show. I had tears during the ending when susan drove off and the souls watching over her! End of an era!
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I kept my tears for the last seconds just like you, that's just as good it was :)

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I remember when it started, I always loved the show. So addictive and good yet it had great writing and acting. I also liked the mix between comedy and drama and the fact that every season had a different mystery that managed to make it interesting each season. Granted, some mysteries were better than others and while I do agree it certainly wasn't as a good as it used to be, I'll always remember the show and miss it. That being said, I really liked the finale it had so much going and it wrapped up every storyline and everyone had a happy endings.I thought it ended perfectly. All people move on and continue to live their lives, while new ones come in with secrets of their own. That last scene was great and the series managed to come back to the starting point of the series and it came full circle.
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I watched all of last season even though it was awful, so there was no way I was ever going to watch any episodes of this season. This is a good cheat sheet for me. It looks like many of these plots followed the ludicrous stories we'd seen in later seasons, in lieu of the more character driven stories earlier. But it also looks like a decent enough ending.
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the last season was amazing! if you have no taste is non of our problem!
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The perfect ending ............. to the best show of all time
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Best scene was Karen's testimony. Kathryn Joosten deserves an emmy. It was good that Carlos and Gaby were finally about to confess.



It seemed like season eight was focused on Bree trying to find herself. She tries to protect her friends, then starts drinking again and taking the heat for the murder. Good to see that she finally finds someone.



Tom and Lynette. I kind of was hoping that the big death would have been Tom, so that we didn't have to continue with their marriage troubles.
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Yeah, it seems they just swept all of Tom and Lynette's problems under the rug so they could give them a happy ending. I guess that's what the fans wanted, I dunno. Personally, I think Tom should have said good riddance to Lynette a long time ago. They really dragged out their separation this season with Lynette "realizing" every other episode that her marriage was over.
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I disagree. At Renee's wedding, Lynette FINALLY realised that if she stops searching for that last piece of the puzzle which will make her happy and fulfilled, she would stop being such a controlling bitch and be a good wife.

In the end, there was no missing piece. Obviously she wasn't always like that, otherwise she and Tom wouldnt have been married for 25 years with 5 kids. It took her almost losing her husband to realise this which is completely plausible
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Tom has been involved in a decade long midlife crisis. I kind of took it that speech spoke to Tom because maybe he realized that searching for the last piece of the puzzle to make someone happy and fulfilled is just as true for him (if not much more) than it is to Lynette. Perhaps it was his epithany as well.
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I was crying at the end all the house wives will be miss I loved the show & there wont be other shoe like it xoxoxo
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It was a happy ending , but i think it would have been better if they make them all get older together in wisteria lane, as gaby has said. after all it seems the best place to live,in the whole world isn't it !!
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*there
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It was excellent,,, The perfect ending after an 8 year run. The first episode of the finale was really intense with nice plot twists and the second episode rapped everything nicely and furthermore the show ended with a new desperate housewive and her secrets. The episode was very emotional as well,, especially the moment when they were playing poker and mary alice said ,, this was their last time together,,,and I appreciate the fact that they brought everyone who died in the show back as 'ghosts'. Well everyone except Nicolette Sheridant, but I guess I understand why she wasn't their... On and all, it was a perfect 10/10 episode and a perfect series finale cause everything came to a full circle.
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Stopped watching early last season, but I can't help but feel disappointed that this was all that was important in the 2 hour finale.
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It was kind of upsetting to see them all go in separate ways after spending so much time together. All in all everyone ended up happy so I was ok with it. I also noticed that they neglected to show Edie in the ghost montage thing. I think that Mark Chery should have sucked it up and asked her to be on.
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It was funny (and a little eerie) to see all the people that had died in the show. Most of them I didn't even know, some I didn't even know died (like Susan's ex-husband), and no Edie, which was to be expected of course. Seeing as how most of those people had no relation with Susan, it would have been better if all four of them had driven off together.
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I agree with all of them driving together at the end,,, but I suppose Terry Hatcher is the lead and arguably more famous of all (at least at the beginning of the show of course)
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