Burn Notice got some much-needed redemption and so did Michael and now those wanting to see what he does now that he’s custody of the Central Intelligence Agency, will have to debate about it until the summer. What does this entail for the 13 episodes of the seventh and perhaps the last season of Burn Notice? We’ve come up with 13 predictions on what we think could happen, one for each episode left.
1) Michael Working for the CIA
Michael’s can’t possibly stay in a locked cell since he’s more valuable to the CIA in the field than he is locked up. So it’s back working for the man and strangely, that’s probably the one place Michael wants to be–aside from being with Fiona that is. We’ve seen a lot of sides to Michael, but they’ve mostly been in one direction. We’ll find out what the agreement is in full in due time and its limitations, but we’re sure to see him in action again, it’s just a matter of who for and for what reasons. Michael doesn’t have many friends left in the CIA he can trust, so we expect to see him out of his comfort zone despite being back in the place he’s most confident in his skills.
2) Michael running operations with or without the gang
With Agent Card dead, Agent Bly dead, and Agent Riley presumably behind bars, the CIA is in need of some good people. Michael will probably be working as a field leader but he probably won’t be an unknown soldier when he worked with Pearce or Max. For Michael to re-enter the field, he’s going to be legit and he may want to work with the old gang. Will he be allowed to, or maybe Michael will try to keep them out of his troubles for a while as a part of his CIA deal? And will the CIA keep a much shorter leash on him?
3) Hard Feelings
Fiona is going to feel burned by all of this and should. She considers this a selfish act by Michael–a betrayal to the team. Maddie, Sam and Jesse are probably going to try and convince her otherwise. We know Sam will be proud of Michael’s decision, and maybe Maddie too, considering how he finally secured everyone’s safety before his. Michael must have thought about what Maddie said about his dad when they were in Dr. Jed’s house and took it to heart. The one harboring the most anger is going to be Fiona so even though they’ll probably be together when it’s all done, we expect to see Fiona to give Michael the cold shoulder to start the new season.
4) Fiona washes herself of Michael
Fiona tried to work with Michael while looking for love in all the wrong places. She invested a lot of time and emotion to him. She barely got anything resembling a normal relationship and he never took her places, at least any place that would be deemed a vacation. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Fiona have a no-strings attached, emotion-free fling.
5) The rest of the gang helping civilians (unsuccessfully?) and a return by Agent Pearce
Whenever Michael’s been sent off to do work for another handler, Sam, Fi, and Jesse take another job, working to help out a defenseless victim or two. There’s no rescuing or extracting Michael from whatever he’s agreed to do but hopefully someone like Agent Pearce is brought back to work with him. The show’s formula of working in pairs or as a team will be maintained but we’re hoping for some more creativity in the results. Everyone’s got their approach at running an op or thinking in the moment, but it would be fun to explore the differences of how smoothly or how explosive each episode is based on who was leading it.
Maybe without Michael, we see them fall short a few times. We think it’d be great to see all of this be a reason why Michael comes back to the group some how, there is certainly going to be a story that leads to that. The group has been able to function well without one member. They’re all capable of doing their own thing, but will Michael be their glue? We know this prediction is probably a long shot but there’s a cool story that could come out of exploring these possibilities.
6) Cleaning up the Anson mess, dealing with another adversary and finding reason to move forward
Michael must circle back and see if Anson was answering to anyone, whether it was Card or anyone else and find out the reasons Anson had it out for Michael. At this point it’s hard to believe there’s anyone left who would have an ax to grind with Michael but if Anson wasn’t the villain boss, then just imagine the person above Anson/Card. Can there be a villain that could top Anson? We’re talking about the guy who caused his father’s heart attack. Maddie wanted vengeance on him too and instead that road led to Nate’s death. We still think it was wrong not to put Anson’s fate in Michael’s hands. We were robbed of a confrontation we all wanted to see.
We doubt anyone will top him, but there has to be something that works against Michael and if it’s worse than Anson? Wow! The pursuit of life of a burned spy has to build towards something bigger, it would be anti-climactic otherwise. But if the CIA is that corrupt and poisoned, then we need to know why Michael still wants to work with them. We know that Michael wants to help people but how many times has he been helping the wrong people? If he analyzed everything he did, Michael might end up on Necessary Roughness on Dani Santino’s couch for years of therapy. Either way we need to find a reason to care about Michael’s motivations going forward, especially if it’s to pursue a future with the CIA outside of any arrangement stemming from the fallout with Anson, Card, and Riley.
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