So The Shield wrapped up Season 5 on Tuesday night. It might have been the most thrilling cable drama episode I have ever seen. I have already highlighted why I think The Shield is the best show on television but this episode and season ender hit new highs.
The episode depicted the death of my most favorite character on the show. The most (and only?) loyal and geninue person on Vic's gang strike team Curtis "Lemonhead" Lemansky was killed by a fellow member of the strike team, Shane Vendrell by placing a gernade in his dinner to make it look like a gang hit. Curtis was killed because Shane feared he would rat on the strike team about their illegal dealings. Curtis' death at the hands of Shane was unknown by Vic and Agent Gardoki (Ronnie).
I can't remember any show that has killed off one of its main characters in more dramatic fashion (and yes that includes the Sopranos). This season ended on a cliff hanger ending suspision that this would be The Shield's last season. I am hoping Whittaker comes back as Vic's archnemsis Kavanaugh for next season. Vic closes out the season by promising that whomever killed Lem will die.
Quick Season 5 Recap via Wikipedia.org:
Season 5 of The Shield premiered January 10th 2006. This will be the longest season yet, broken into two parts. The first part ended consisted of eleven episodes and ended March 21, 2006. The second part will consist of ten episodes to begin filming in April 2006, for broadcast late 2006 or early 2007. Creator Shawn Ryan has stated that this may also be the last season.
The focus of this season is the effort of IAD Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh (Forest Whitaker) to take down Mackey and the Strike Team for the murder of Detective Terry Crowley, using Lem as a pawn in a back and forth power struggle. The struggle ends with Lem being murdered by his best friend, Detective Shane Vendrell after Councilman Aceveda tricks the Strike Team into thinking that Lem was going to testify against the group. Meanwhile Claudette becomes Captain after her long battle with lupus results in her temporarily being forced off active duty as a detective, and Danny deals with being pregnant and giving birth to a son who may or may not be Vic's child. Shane, acting alone, in an attempt to save himself along with Vic and Ronnie, murders Lem with a grenade. Vic promises to kill whoever killed Lem.