Air date: 3/20/2011

Suprise endings can sometimes feel like more of a cop-out than rote and predictable conclusions. The culmination of Big Love was one of those times. Bill Henrikson (Bill Paxton), he of the condescending smugness and crazy extended family, didn't exactly have good odds of making it out of the the Big Love finale alive. Unfortunately, the choice the writers made in dispatching Bill was a total surprise and wholly unsatisfying. Though watching the wives continue their lives without Bill was fulfilling, the circumstances of Bill's "martyrdom" were anything but.