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'Friday Night Lights' finale: Some say goodbye, some stick around...for two more seasons!

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What a humdinger of a finale we got for a superlative season of Friday Night Lights. Could things have been more tense, emotional, or funny? Coming on the heels of the announcement that we’ll get two more seasons of FNL thanks to the agreement between DirecTV and NBC, that rarest of things has occurred: a relatively low-rated but unusually high-quality show has been saved from cancellation.

That said, here’s the obligatory SPOILER ALERT: DON’T READ FURTHER IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED IN THE FINALE.

So Tyra got into college after all these months of hard work, tears, and smiling sweetly for tips at Applebees. So Matt committed his grandmother to a care facility after being accepted to art school in Chicago… but then pulled her out and promised to stay put in their home in Dillon. And Coach Taylor lost his job, only to get an offer from newly-redistricted East Dillon High.

Change, change, change, and more changes I haven’t mentioned. My favorite scene: Tim and Billy Riggins arguing over their stalled truck, with Tim whining about his upcoming college schedule (“Where’s my me time?”). No, scratch that: my favorite scene was the one in which Coach made a quiet, plainspoken, ultimately failed plea for the job he loves most, as the magnificently smug Joe McCoy looked on. Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor says more with his wounded eyes than most actors do with the most eloquent speeches. And, later on, that certainly was one masterfully-filmed wedding scene, with almost every major character getting a bit of choice screen-time.

Here are my worries moving forward: this episode was written by Jason Katims and directed by Jeffrey Reiner, men who’ve guided this series to greatness, and who are also attached to other new shows that may make the fall schedule. I’m a bit alarmed that these guys might not be around to lead the team next season. (When I went to Austin to write my FNL feature for EW in 2007, Reiner was clearly one of the series’ mighty quarterbacks, literally all over the field setting up shots and giving quick, decisive, last-minute acting advice.)

Also, what happens if the series loses both Lyla and Tyra to their colleges? I’ll feel as bereft as Landry: where are the great girls? This being FNL, I’m sure there’ll be worthy replacements, but still…

But, but: What a great set-up for next season. I am so looking forward to watching Coach Taylor take that little dust-bowl of a football field at East Dillon and turn it into a field of dreams, a place where McCoy will, if there’s a god of football, get his nose rubbed in that dusty dirt.

Did you watch? What were your favorite moments?

So Tyra got into college after all these months of hard work, tears, and smiling sweetly for tips at Applebees. So Matt committed his grandmother to a care facility after being accepted to art school in Chicago… but then pulled her out and promised to stay put in their home in Dillon. And Coach Taylor lost his job, only to get an offer from newly-redistricted East Dillon High.

Change, change, change, and more changes I haven’t mentioned. My favorite scene: Tim and Billy Riggins arguing over their stalled truck, with Tim whining about his upcoming college schedule (“Where’s my me time?”). No, scratch that: my favorite scene was the one in which Coach made a quiet, plainspoken, ultimately failed plea for the job he loves most, as the magnificently smug Joe McCoy looked on. Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor says more with his wounded eyes than most actors do with the most eloquent speeches. And, later on, that certainly was one masterfully-filmed wedding scene, with almost every major character getting a bit of choice screen-time.

Here are my worries moving forward: this episode was written by Jason Katims anddirected by Jeffrey Reiner, men who’ve guided this series to greatness,and who are also attached to other new shows that may make the fallschedule. I’m a bit alarmed that these guys might not be around to leadthe team next season. (When I went to Austin to write my FNL feature for EW in 2007, Reinerwas clearly one of the series’ mighty quarterbacks, literally all over the fieldsetting up shots and giving quick, decisive, last-minute acting advice.)

Also, what happens if the series loses both Lyla and Tyra to theircolleges? I’ll feel as bereft as Landry: where are the great girls?This being FNL, I’m sure there’ll be worthy replacements, but still…

But, but: What a great set-up for next season. I am so looking forward towatching Coach Taylor take that little dust-bowl of a football field atEast Dillon and turn it into a field of dreams, a place where McCoy will, if there’s a god of football, get his nose rubbed in that dusty dirt.

Did you watch? What were your favorite moments?

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