By Sandra Gonzalez
Updated July 02, 2012 at 12:58 PM EDT
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[Spoilers for the Weeds season 8 premiere ahead. So don’t read on if you don’t want to know!]

Way to go, Weeds. Of all the ways I imagined last season’s cliffhanger being resolved, I never imagined they’d shoot Nancy. One of the Botwin boys? Maybe. Doug? Possibly. Andy? Unlikely, but could be. My money was on Jill. But in the show’s final season, they went for the bold choice and put a bullet in Nancy’s head.

She’ll be fine, I’m sure, but the image of Nancy’s bloody face and empty doe-eyes is not something I’ll soon forget. And for that — mission accomplished. In fact, the entire premiere was a win for Weeds, which has had a rough past few seasons. But if there’s any time to get the show back on track, it is now — just in time for a proper ending.

So what was so good about it? Like all great episodes of Weeds, it was the little things: Doug feeling up unconscious Nancy (shudder-eww), the Botwins snaking snacks from Nancy’s hospital-room neighbor, Andy’s quickie with Jill, Jill’s weight training revelation. (Don’t make me explain the latter; I won’t do it.)

And just when I thought the entire premiere was going to be hijinks — and, to be clear, that would have been just dandy — it also had one great shock that will propel the show right into its final stretch: Ted Scottson, son of Nancy’s dead ex-FBI agent husband, was the shooter. (My, how you’ve grown, Daryl Sabara!)

In the short-term, I’m looking forward to watching cadet Shane track this kid down. It will serve as a nice full-circle plot for the last season. But beyond that, I’m excited to see the final journey of this strange family unit.

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