'Desperate Housewives' Series Finale: Death Strikes Wisteria Lane

Mon, May 14, 2012 1:51am EST by 143 Comments
Desperate Housewives Final Episode

Ghosts of Fairview past — and I mean that literally — returned to send off the women of Wisteria Lane. Were you satisfied with the ending?

The two-hour series finale of Desperate Housewives somehow managed to feature every last-episode cliché in the book — a wedding, a delivery, a trial, a death, etc. — but in true Housewives fashion, it all worked together perfectly. Not only were we given closure with each of the women we’ve grown to love, but we were also reminded that there will always be drama on Wisteria Lane. We just won’t see it.

Karen (Kathryn Joosten) “confessed” to killing Ramon in the first hour, and considering she’s about to die of cancer, the prosecution chose not to press charges. So Bree (Marcia Cross) got off scott-free, and no one got hurt — well, except for the American justice system. That one got screwed pretty badly.

And now that she was a free woman, Bree was also free to be with her knight-in-legal-armor Tripp — which means he’ll either be dead or paralyzed within the next few years. If there’s one thing I’ve learned during the past eight seasons, it’s that no good comes from marrying Bree.

Tom (Doug Savant) and Lynette (Felicity Huffman) also finally arrived on the same page and decided to get back together. “You’re the love of my life,” he told her, cuing up an epic kiss — the kind that required a 360-degree camera to truly capture. But because Tom and Lynette are contractually obligated to always be miserable, a newly de-lesbian’d Katherine (Dana Delaney) returned to the lane with a proposition for Lynette to help launch her new business in New York.

And then there was the whole birth-death montage during Renee’s (Vanessa Williams) wedding, which is worthy of its own graf. The birth of Julie’s (Andrea Bowen) child was coupled with Karen’s death in a heart-wrenching sequence set to an olden-time ditty from Karen’s youth. The whole thing was done so beautifully, though I have to wonder which is the bigger tragedy: Karen dying or Porter Scavo (Charlie Carver) becoming a father.

Mary Alice’s (Brenda Strong) final voiceover treated viewers to a look into the ladies’ futures: Tom and Lynette moved to New York, where she and Tom eventually raised their six grandchildren; Bree married Tripp, moved to Kentucky and was eventually elected to the state legislature; Carlos (Ricardo Chavira) helped Gaby (Eva Longoria) create a website called “Gabrielle’s Closet,” which eventually led to a show on the Home Shopping Network and a new life in California.

But it was Susan’s (Teri Hatcher) one-last-drive around the block that truly left the audience haunted — literally. As she rolled down Wisteria Lane, Susan was met by the ghost of each and every person who died on the show, from Mike (James Denton) and Karl (Richard Burgi) to Paul Young (Mark Moses) and Tom’s crazy ex who got shot in the supermarket.

A brief meeting between Susan and the new owner of her house — who just so happens to be harboring a dark secret of her own — served to remind us that even though we won’t get to visit Wisteria Lane on a weekly basis anymore, the drama will carry on forever.

Did you think the ending was too depressing? Read our thoughts!

What did YOU think of the ending? After eight years, were you hoping for more, or was it everything you expected it to be? Which housewife will you miss the most? Share your thoughts about the finale in the comments section below! It’s been fun, friends.

— Andy Swift

More Desperate Housewives:

  1. Recap: Will Bree Betray Gaby To Save Herself?
  2. Recap: Did Lynette Lose Tom Forever?
  3. First Look: Renee’s Wedding Dress Revealed
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Les

Posted at 1:20 PM on May 16, 2012  

Bad bad ending. A pale copy of “6ft Under”. I don’t buy it all. Too easy.

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amy xxx

Posted at 9:10 AM on May 16, 2012  

why is it over just why :(:(:(

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Bella

Posted at 7:16 AM on May 16, 2012  

It was the best last episode of a tv show ever!
Congratulations! I really enjoyed it!
Thanks!

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latosha702

Posted at 2:24 AM on May 16, 2012  

I cried through the finale. I know its a tv show. But i love these women. IT was like watching them walk away from me. So sad. But a wonderful show!! The women of Wisteria Lane will truly be missed.

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MM

Posted at 2:00 PM on May 15, 2012  

I think the finale would’ve been more satisfying if Mike hadn’t been killed off. Instead of the ladies moving away, I would have loved to see a glimpse of the ladies still sitting around the table, playing poker, with grey hair. The writers did such a great job of bringing the characters to life that I am having DH withdrawals and feeling like I lost a bunch of friends. Yes, I do have a life, a career, and I do have friends, but this show was like eating a bowl of ice-cream or indulging in rich chocolate….

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Mona

Posted at 6:15 PM on May 15, 2012  

,,Instead of the ladies moving away, I would have loved to see a glimpse of the ladies still sitting around the table, playing poker, with grey hair.”

I absolutely agree on that.
I think all of them, moving, after so many years, it’s kind of.. weird. I just can’t picture them anywhere else but Wisteria Lane.
I thought Susan might have one day come back with her grandchild and move back.. but this? Splitting up forever, after years of such friendship?
It’s just..:(

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troof

Posted at 9:55 AM on May 15, 2012  

Although I did enjoy the ending, I would have been happier with a “shocking twist” that never happened. Since Mike Delfino knew he had beaten up a wise guy, wouldn’t it have been great if he was wearing a bullet proof vest during that time for protection until they could nab the wise guys and have him show up at the end alive? I thought maybe the explanation would have been that Renee would have gone to the police with Mike to tell them what happened and the police protected him until they found the culprits but just making the arrest of the shooter was not enough to get Mike out of hiding. I thought that when Susan got into the car at the end, instead of MJ being in the front seat, the viewers would have been ecstatic to see Mike there and a 2 minute conversation could have cleared up how he did not really die. That would have been the perfect sendoff to Desperate Housewives!!

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Diane

Posted at 8:15 AM on May 15, 2012  

I started following this show from the very beginning and am so very saddened it is now over. The ending was the best I have seen. Hats off to the most brilliant writers!! I cried through the entire show…well maybe not entire but did shed a few tears. Lynette and Tom were my favorite couple and Gabby my favorite comic relief. My Sunday night tv will never be the same.

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MMM

Posted at 1:44 PM on May 15, 2012  

I hear you, Diane. (Sigh). This show was my one of my very few indulgences, and the best part is that my husband loved it. We looked forward to an episode on Sundays, and the kids stayed away, knowing it was parent’s time for a little drama.

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LynetteScavo

Posted at 4:44 AM on May 15, 2012  

Did we ever find out what Mary Alice was hiding?
By the way I absolutely loved the finale, wish it was longer or maybe I’m just wishing that this show didn’t have to come to an end. I became so attached, i feel like I was apart of the family..this show’s way too good to be over!

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Okj3ktif

Posted at 11:18 AM on May 17, 2012  

Mary Alice’s secret was revealed in the earlier episodes. Zack wasnt their real son and an altercation with the real mother who then wanted to have the child back, led to Mary Alice and Paul killing her. To hide the body they had to chop her up into pieces and put the parts in a toy chest, which they buried somewhere.

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JoyAnnR

Posted at 1:05 AM on May 15, 2012  

I think it would have been really great and quite special if Edie had been there standing near Mike as Susan took her final drive around the Lane.

I think many viewers were probably disappointed (I know I was) that Edie wasn’t asked to return just for that quick scene, but it would have been awkward for them to work together after they sued each other … it is kinda weird.

I will really miss DH. My hubby thinks I’m nuts, but I got so emotionally wrapped up in their lives I feel like I just lost a bunch of good friends. Hopefully, they’ll have a comeback next year. That would sure be a nice surprise.

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Charlie

Posted at 2:09 PM on May 15, 2012  

I was a little disappointed too that Edie wasn’t there standing on the Lane waving good-bye as Susan took her last ride around the block. I know there was a lot of bad blood over the lawsuit thing and all, but Edie was always one of my characters on the show and she was an integral part of Wisteria Lane for 5 seasons…It really would have been a wonderful surprise to see her in that last scene. I enjoyed the finale, but I wished it was 2 hours…I’m really gonna miss this show…Phenomenal cast, excellent writing and superb production…What more could anyone ask for? It’s going to be a hard act to follow.

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JoyAnnR

Posted at 12:38 AM on May 15, 2012  

Edie Britt wasn’t there (in ghost form) in the final episode during Susan’s final drive around the block b/c apparently Nicolette Sheridan has been in the midst of a legal battle with the Exec Producers (but maybe it’s been settled by now) over her being suddenly written out of the script.

She had said earlier this year that she was never informed that she would be cast off the show so suddenly and abruptly and that she was physically abused, although unharmed, during the last shoot/scene. At least this is the story I had heard earlier this year.

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Julia

Posted at 12:33 AM on May 15, 2012  

I love all seasons of Desperate Housewives. It’s just an amazing show! But I could not be more disappointed with the season finale. It was predictable, everyone leaving the lane and living happy ever after. Actually, it reminded me a lot of brazilians soap operas finales. They could’ve done much better if they wanted to.

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Sarah

Posted at 10:58 PM on May 14, 2012  

Not all who died were showed – Edie wasn’t there. Also, can someone tell me when Paul young died? I don’t think he did…

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Sarah

Posted at 11:05 PM on May 14, 2012  

Just rewatched the ending. Paul young was not there. He’s not dead.
(come on, get your facts straight before you publish national media!)

I also thought it was really touching that they showed Karen with her son who died as a child

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Michelle

Posted at 1:45 AM on May 15, 2012  

Just watched the ending again to see why you thought Paul Young was in it. Only thing I can I think of is you thought Carl (Susan’s first husband/Julie’s father) was Paul. Although they don’t look at all alike, Carl did look a bit like Paul in that last shot.

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Okj3ktif

Posted at 11:20 AM on May 17, 2012  

Paul Young didnt die he went confessed to killing that woman and went to prison

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gypsarella

Posted at 9:55 PM on May 14, 2012  

I enjoyed the finale and liked the way they wound up all the storylines with a glimpse into the future. The only thing I was disappointed with was nothing happened to allow Gabby’s birth daughter to finally be reunited with her. It is, after all, fiction. The writers could have written a nice little side story of some sort that would have made sense and she could have been an addition to the family.

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Never say Never

Posted at 9:41 PM on May 14, 2012  

I thought the end was very well done – I really liked that show and will miss it terribly-All of the characters had closure which I also liked

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Faye

Posted at 8:17 PM on May 14, 2012  

I sobbed like a baby while Karen was dieing! This morning while telling my husband about the ending I started crying again! I can’t get Johhny’s song out of my mind today. The ending was extremely creative and I was quite pleased with how everyone’s life turned out with the exception of Mike being killed. A little laughter, and a lot of tears. I hope Marc Cherry returns with a spin off. God Bless Kathryn Joosten.

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ana wilburn

Posted at 6:15 PM on May 14, 2012  

The ending was very mystical. But all the Housewives lives were accounted for. I liked that. It gave closure. I also liked the way they played out one life with the birth of another. That’s the way it goes. Beautiful.
Leaves one wondering though, if they will bring the series back with new characters with maybe sneak peaks at the old Housewives.
I’m always sad to see the ending of my favorite shows. It’s like saying goodbye to old friends.
The best of luck to all of them.

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Rich Braden

Posted at 6:01 PM on May 14, 2012  

I thought the ending was pile of crap. My high school son could have written a more interesting finale. I could have cared less what happened to the main characters–they predictably live happily ever after. This show has sucked since the end of season 3.

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Posted at 7:35 PM on May 14, 2012  

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Billy G

Posted at 9:04 PM on May 14, 2012  

and yet you watch!!!!!! hmmmmm

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Dawn

Posted at 5:08 PM on May 14, 2012  

I have been disappointed in sooooo many series finales, but NOT THIS ONE!! It was the PERFECT blend of laughter and tears, with a happy ending for all. I LOVED IT!!!!! I hate that Karen died, but that is life, after all, and the birth it coincided with simply characterized the circle of life. The happy newly-wedded couple, shown interspersed with the sadness of the deathbed scene, was very poignant and reminds us that life does go on. Justice WAS served in Bree’s trial, because the dead deserved what he got and the innocent went free, which is as it should always be. One of the few shows to ever let justice be served so consistently, which is one of the things I always liked best about it. I’m glad that Tom and Lynette got back together. I am VERY happy with this ending. My only regret is that the show had to end, but many, many thanks to the writers for doing it so well.

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Bob

Posted at 6:15 PM on May 14, 2012  

I interpreted the DH ending in this way. True they’ll never ALL be in the same room together again as the voice of Mary Alice Young indicated. But certainly it’s reasonable to expect that telephone and e-mail would be used by all. Also ,for example, Tom and Lynette might vacation in California and visit Carlos and Gaby. Bree, as a politician, travel, visit Susan etc. I think with everything these women went through together, it would be illogical to think that they would not stay in touch, just not all four together. I think Mary Alice’s comment mainly was put in there to indicate that there wouldn’t be any reunion show, not that they wouldn’t stay in touch. I actually think that a sequel book could be written. There are so many interesting characters–Bree’s children for example. I’d appreciate comments on my “theory”.

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MM

Posted at 2:12 PM on May 15, 2012  

I agree. I would expect that their departure from Wisteria Lane would not be the end of friendships. Still, I would’ve rather seen a glimpse of them, old and grey, still playing poker and sipping wine. I like the idea of leaving it open end versus complete closure.

 
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Billy G

Posted at 9:06 PM on May 14, 2012  

I thought it was great to. Couldn’t stop thinking of the show this morning, still am :) I will miss it

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dane

Posted at 3:50 PM on May 14, 2012  

Bree becoming a conservative congresswoman was just plain ridiculous. She’s like a worse version of Herman Cain. They should’ve left at least one of the wives on the lane, either Bree or Gabby . Will Tom and Lynette EVER grow out of their job swapping ways?
The way the show ended was as if it was all a bad dream.

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Abby

Posted at 7:27 PM on May 14, 2012  

now in this show in the Seaosn Finale of Desperate House Wives, After Susan leaves the new neighbor,she has some kind of secret in this box. Who knows? A threatening note? sense there was like three or 2 notes in the 8 seasons.But who knows, there’s always solutions and questions that we want to know. also in this show there was always secrets on wisteria lane. what i wanna know is what is her secret? some people say there is probly going to be another show that continues this story but the thing is that were’re going to find out are answer sooner or later

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Lisa Heary

Posted at 3:19 PM on May 14, 2012  

I think they did a great job with the entire finale. It was quite an emotional roller coaster ride. I cried, I laughed, I cheered them on. I do disagree with two things though. I hate that they killed off Mike & Karen. Now, both Susan & Roy will b alone. I would have liked happier endings for them. I will forever miss the characters of Wisteria Lane.

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