(USA Network, 9/8c) will have you glued to your seat – or at least that’s how star Tim DeKay recommends you watch the farewell hour.
“Do not walk away – and I know you wouldn’t anyway – but do
walk away until the final second of the episode,” the actor warns. “We’ve got some great twists and turns, some wonderful moments between everybody. And I think it fits on all the tones that have made
In addition to a “great familial” sense, the hour includes a “wonderful” heist, and DeKay promises that “many questions people have had throughout the seasons … will be answered.”
But how will Agent Peter Burke and con-man extraordinaire Neal Caffrey say goodbye in the final moments?
“I think the writers did an incredible job creating somewhat of a cliffhanger, but also giving the audience a little bit to chew on,” star Matt Bomer reveals.
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Reflecting on the show’s swan song, Bomer says, “I was really satisfied in some ways and, in some ways, I would have been interested to explore other avenues as well. There were still directions to go, but I think the way they wrapped it up was really well done in the sense that they didn’t try to tie everything up into a nice bow. They really left some things open-ended and left a lot up to the viewer’s imagination, which I always think is more potent than anything you could put down on a piece of paper.”
And it’s a series ender that both actors had some input on, pitching their own take on the conclusion of Neal and Peter’s journeys to creator Jeff Eastin. “We heard a lot of ideas being bandied about and we threw in our two cents, and it ended up becoming a soup that everybody had thrown a few ingredients into,” Bomer recounts. “So I don’t think Tim or I could take any personal or professional responsibility for it, but they were definitely open to our input.”
DeKay praises Eastin for “how well he listened, whether he listened to our rhythms through Peter and Neal, or listened to Tim and Matt.” Throughout the show’s run, the creator was “always open to that and not precious with his words.”
Given that the series finale doesn’t conclude with everything spelled out in a tidy manner, could a movie version – on the big screen or small – be a possibility?
“I don’t know,” DeKay replies. “I think in the past, I would have said, ‘No, I don’t see that being a possibility,’ but
kind of broke the mold with that. So I’m not going to say it would be impossible. I certainly would entertain that possibility, but right now, there aren’t any plans to have a movie.”
Bomer echoes the sentiment, noting any decision about a continuation is “way above my pay grade,” but if he was approached about such a project, “I would definitely want to do it just to get the chance to work with Tim and Willie [Garson] and Marsha [Thomason] and Sharif [Atkins] and Tiffani [Thiessen] again.”
Whether or not a follow-up comes to fruition, Bomer and DeKay have made a lasting mark with some of the best bromantic chemistry ever on TV and a genuine camaraderie than can be felt offscreen, too.
“I learned from Tim the kind of person I should be on set,” Bomer says. “I learned how to be a morning person, because I never was, thanks to this job. And Tim just is. I learned a tremendous amount about acting from him. Every day, I learned something different from him as an actor. But also, I learned just as much about how to handle yourself on set on a day-to-day basis.”
DeKay, in turn, was taken by his costar’s “unmatched” work ethic. “I’ve yet to see anybody who works harder than Matt,” he says. “He’s never satisfied, which none of us are as artists. There’s always one more take we want. And I’m glad that neither one of us ever allowed or accepted it to be satisfactory… The two of us never were [satisfied]. And also, I learned another kind of comedy from Matt, [who] is so specific and just brilliant and hilarious.”
fans, how would you like to see it all end? Drop a comment with your hopes below.
As long as no one dies I think I’ll be okay, lol. Definitely will miss those two on my TV though. Such great chemistry between the whole cast!
A shame this show is finishing, hopefully not as a result of Eastin going to focus more on Graceland as last season wasn’t that great. Really felt there was more to be told on White Collar and am sad to see it end. It’s made the 6 seasons, now we just have to hope for the movie!!
i enjoyed the series but it does need to end… can’t have Neil on the hook or anklet forever! now there is going to be a baby… possibly a well deserved promotion for Peter, just what to do with Mozie? hope he ends up doing what he wants too.
Great show that had a plan ahead of time that this would be the finale season. There is no need for a movie like with Veronica Mars.
Notice how when just about every single hit show, even some not so hit shows, end they always ask the movie question? You’d think they’d give it a rest already, It has happened what? 5 times in the last few decades? Stargate, The x-files(which sucked), Prison Break Veronica Mars and some farscape thing I think wasn’t it? And in 2 of those cases the movies were greenlit before the series ended. Movie would be great, but not gonna happen. Closest show on usa to get a movie was Monk, but they shut that idea down pretty quick over $$$
There’s also the Burn Notice (Sam) movie…though it aired on USA Network and didnt come out in theaters or on DVD, that is basically all i would ask for. If the White Collar series finale ends in a way that leaves it open for a movie to be made and that movie’s plot is really awesome (aka they dont rush it, they spend their time and write a really really great movie) then i would LOVE to have that be made and like the Burn Notice Sam movie, it air on the USA Network.
Very sad that this show is ending – there was so much left to explore with Neal and Peter. I would have loved to see what might happen when Neal is free. My hope for the ending is that everyone will be in a reasonably good place in relationship terms.
I hate it when they make a movie after they cancel a show. Either keep the show on or not. And if the show is so good they need to make a movie? Keep it on the air! When they do that, the movie version does not have the same feel/vibe as the tv show. They dont film it the same way, and the story is too shortened. With tv shows the story line can play out for a whole season, movie is too short.
Interviews like this always make me tear up, I don’t know why. I hope the finale is as fulfilling as they let on. This season is nice though. In the past, Neal’s backstory was fleshed out more and more. This season has been nice in that it hasn’t done this, which is good because it’s like a short bonus season. It seems very final and bound for the future. I do wish Hillarie Burton was involved, but I understand the creative decision for her not to be.
I never like when shows end and they leave things “open to interpretation.” I mean, why? This is your chance to end the story on your own terms and you decide to let viewers make up their minds on how it ends? That’s just weak writing and shows that the writers never really didn’t have a clue on how they really wanted to end the story. They had the time, and opportunity to wrap up the story and then blew it. I’m so glad this didn’t happen on Sons of Anarchy.
Sad to see White Collar going out with a bang but at least I can’t get enough of Tiffani Thiessen.
I think you’s are making a big mistake making this the last episode of the show as there is a lot of fans in the uk and it has been a amazing to watch I have enjoyed every episode thank you
I get the vibe a major player will either be killed off or maybe that’s the ‘cliffhanger’ sotospeak is that we have to wonder if said person is alive or not?
They are really heavy handed with the hints about who it is throughout the past 5 epis.
Remember who has the $100 printing plates. My guess is that Neal replaces the Federal Reserve 500M with counterfeit money that gets seen but also destroyed so it can’t come back to get him incarcerated for life. Did his mom, Mrs. Brooks, hiding in Witness Protection protection in St Louis get to marry a US Marshall guarding her and Neal has half siblings? Neal will now have money to spend living in Paris-close enough to go see Sarah.
So hope you truly didn’t mean tonight or I’ll have to rush home to change my DVR. My thought is they all end up in Witness Protection together – bringing Neal full circle and letting all their friendships in the virtual world continue … and absolutely yes to a movie!
Good preview about finale. Hope everyone lives and hope the ending of the show will be good.
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