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The CW's Nikita Goes Off With A Bang In Series Finale "Canceled"

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12/29/2013 10:32 pm
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The CW's Nikita Goes Off With A Bang In Series Finale
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Roxanne Powell

Staff Writer

Nikita wrapped up its fourth season earlier this month, marking the end of the thrilling spy TV classic. The entire team (save for one or two deaths) even got to skip into the sunset. Okay, maybe not the sunset, or the skipping, but you get the idea. Similar to the ending of the nerd/spy series Chuck, fans were left guessing until the very end. Chuck and Sarah finally reconnected—if not in the way fans expected. Mikita fans were also left satisfied with the ending of Nikita. Amanda is now permanently in the basement, and Nikita can finally focus on the one thing she wants: a relationship with Michael. Alex has earned a following for her stand against the atrocities of human trafficking; Birkhoff revealed the secret of Shadownet and then promptly reunited with his own partner, Sonya. Oh, and Mikita eloped. Yup, not just breathed a sigh of relief over Amanda’s cemented fate. Eloped. TV Line talks with Nikita creator, Craig Silverstein, about the ending that could have been and some of the bigger twists that left fans begging for resolution. Amanda’s alive, Nikita is the ultimate con artist, and what’s this about an alt-ending for the show’s OTP? Nikita and Alex coming back together was never really in the cards, but when Silverstein pitched it as a possibility, the entire room smiled. “I remember pitching it out in the room and [executive story editor] Kristen Reidel said, ‘That makes me happy.’ When she says that, you know something’s right.” And Amanda living to see another day? Silverstein claims that it was an early affirmative, even though it did rub some of the production team the wrong way. But death is the easy way out. Silverstein says that no one in the series would have grown much if they had  just let Amanda die. “What would that say about Nikita? That’s she’s really come nowhere and just kills her? Their conflict isn’t about physical strength or violence versus violence; Division changed Nikita’s life for both good and bad, and how to reconcile that really was the more interesting question to me. Yeah, Amanda tortured her and did a lot of bad things, but she also took her off the streets and gave her these skills and taught her how to hold herself and become more powerful. Nikita’s journey is to use that power the way she thinks it should be used and not the way Division was forcing her to use it.” In order to show how Nikita has grown as a person, Silverstein has them put Amanda back in a basement. It’s where she came from, it’s where she ends. It’s a fate worse than death because she’s been trying to escape it—escape her identity as Helen—for a long time. “The only other [ending] we had [in mind] was this image of her in a padded cell saying, ‘I’m Helen, I’m Helen,’ over and over again, because she had worked so hard to create Amanda and to steal her sister’s identity. But don’t worry, fans, we did get a death. In response to why Ryan had to die, Silverstein says that that the answer was simple: he was single. The only single person in a cast of couples. But that’s not even the big surprise! Just like all good spy shows, someone is always there to pull the cloth from our eyes. “Percy pulled a big thing on Nikita at the end of Season 1 and he did a similar thing in Season 2, and Amanda did it in Season 3. So, for Nikita to turn that back and pull the massive switcharoo on her own, it was a better statement than her winning with an assault riffle.” Fool us once, shame on us; fool us four times…. Let’s just say, well done. Despite all the whodoneits and cliff hangers, Nikita gave everyone a satisfying ending. Sure, Silverstein saw a different ending for Mikita, but there’s always something that will draw those two together. “I still think that there is a satisfying ending out there, one that I saw hazily, in which Nikita went off on her own and Michael got back to a normal life, which is something that he always wanted. But with everything going on, there wasn’t enough time to make that ending right and satisfying and to have a real, viable alternative for him that caused the audience a lot of heartache but that they understood. So, the happy ending worked, too.“


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