Avi's killing Kate was the right thing to do for Ray, even if he didn't want that. Ezra was acting not only in his own but Ray's interest, even if Ray didn't see that. But he may see it in the future, next season - and for Avi, too - and in the meantime Ray's face at the very end of the episode provides the main sorrowful accent to this taking care of business hour. Ray did love Kate, and her loss hurt deep.
Mickey's winning at the track was a sight for sore eyes. After losing badly in just about everything he attempted this season, he deserved a big payoff. Whether this will change the character in next year's season is unknown. Mickey could easily gamble all the winnings in his possession away. I hope that doesn't happen, because it would interesting to see Mickey with some real power next year. Jon Voight, as I've been saying all this and last season, is giving the performance of his career (as is Liev Schreiber, for that matter).
Ray's killing Cookie was the right thing to do for his family. I figured Ray had a gun in the money bag, but it was good to see him shoot Cookie through the money anyway. And the impact on Abby was satisfying, too. Let's hope she finally realized that Ray is the only one who can protect her and their kids in this rough world. That lame detective never had a chance.
And, just for good measure, Ray did just what was needed to the sicko who was beating Ashley, too. And Ray made sure Cochran didn't advance to Washington. Also, Terry's out of jail, and Ray thinks he can fix things to make sure Terry doesn't go back there. And Bunchy's first attempt at a relationship failed, but he's finally beginning to get on top of his situation.
So, lots of jangling ends tied up, but all's not quite well that ends well. Ray will get over Kate, but will happen without Ezra in his corner? But it's a pretty clean slate, and I'm looking forward to lots of new villains on the board next season.
See also Ray Donovan 2.1: Back in Business ... Ray Donovan 2.4: The Bad Guy ... Ray Donovan 2.5: Wool Over Eyes ... Ray Donovan 2.7: The Party from Hell ... Ray Donovan 2.10: Scorching ... Ray Donovan 2.11: Out of Control
And see also Ray Donovan Debuts with Originality and Flair ... Ray Donovan 1.2: His Assistants and his Family ... Ray Donovan 1.3: Mickey ... Ray Donovan 1.7 and Whitey Bulger ... Ray Donovan 1.8: Poetry and Death ... Ray Donovan Season 1 Finale: The Beginning of Redemption
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