Sadly one of the greatest shows of all time has come to and end. Vastly under appreciated because of the perception that this show is 'about football'. This show exuded quality from start to finish and it is sad to see it finish its run.
On to the episode:
Honestly as a fan who has invested endless hours into the show I was pretty disappointed with the way a lot of things turned out.
First really was coach moving. While it's an understandable plot point, to show his love for Tami, it seems that Tami made a call that messed up Eric's plans the last time he had a big job opportunity at TMU and she cited her career aspirations that time as well. So it seemed selfish of her to ask to uproot their whole family across the entire country. Plus I found it strange that any university would hire a dean of admissions on the platform of allowing lower entry standards.
Secondly, the Tim and Tyra thing was way too randomly thrown together. They were together at the beginning of the show but it very quickly dissolved in favor of other relationships. Tim and Lyla ran for essentially 4 seasons. Tyra and Landry for 3 and a half. Now Tyra comes back into town and she's talking about how 'it's hard when you really love someone'? (insinuating Tim for herself) Really? It's as if they just decided to disregard 90% of the show up to that point. Especially frustrating since they bothered to bring back the fantastically talented Jesse Plemmons as Landry. They even wrote a scene for Landry leaving a phone message for Tyra last season, and last viewers saw she loved him but needed to escape Dillon. To 'address their history' wouldn't have been enough. A face to face explanation of her abandonment wouldn't have been nice even if we already pretty much knew the answer. Minka Kelly wouldn't exactly have been busy around the time of filming either so it's really a shame they didn't decide to bring her back. It's fine if they didn't wrap those two relationships up in neat little happily ever after bows, but to have it end the way it did felt like character betrayal. Might as well have had Landry hook up with Lyla out of nowhere.
Matt and Julie was about the only thing I liked about the final 2 episodes.
However I won't judge or remember this show based on 2 poorly thought out episodes.
Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, and Zach Gilford are the 3 best actors that I have ever seen small screen or big. Kyle Chandler says more with a stare than most actors can say with 1000 lines. Connie's portrayal of the strong southern belle was charming and outstanding. And Zach Gilford's portrayal of Matt Saracen was tragic and inspiring. Jesse Plemmons was also quite funny and likeable as Landry. Kudos are also in order for Aimee Teegarden, Brad Leland, Gaius Charles, and Taylor Kitsch. Stacey Oristano was also quite good in season 5.
The show's unique approach to cinematography was something to behold and should be applauded.
This simply may be the very best show that I've ever seen and I will miss having the privilege of viewing the the lives of these amazing characters.