The finale to season two has a heck of a lot of ground to cover and it does it really, really well. The episode moves at a frantic clip and pauses to give all the usual players their big acting moments. Jeff Perry has a really wonderful moment early in the episode and Guillermo Diaz just keeps stealing every scene he’s in. And a word for Katie Lowes who has been slowly taking Quinn in some intriguing directions; this episode . . . she absolutely murders her final scene. So good. But this does all the right things; it ties up a lot of the plot threads, but also lays groundwork for next season. A couple of characters are last seen in this episode in pretty nasty situations and then that final scene is pure brilliance. Well, it’s all down to that last line of the episode. It’s the picture perfect way to do a cliffhanger; it’s a reveal that manages to put you right on that cliff edge of wanting to know more and yet also gives you a real thrill of satisfaction at just how perfect it is. It pulls it off to perfection: it leaves you satisfied and wanting more at the same exact moment. And now . . . season three? Yes, please.
tl;dr – season finale is both intensely satisfying and a teasing glimpse of season three; no spoilers, but season three looks like a grim place indeed. 4 stars.