Originally Posted by philw1776
I say the spirit of the writing was consistent with the show's premise. And it's not the 1st time an episode has an ambiguous ending.
I don't take issue with moral or ethical ambiguity in a TV script.
My problem is that what Reese is shown doing was stupid. He let a known evildoer, demonstrated to be capable and cunning, with a gun in her hand, the ability to identify Carter, knowledge of at least some of the operations of Finch & Co, and the likelihood that she was about to commit the murder of which she was accused. She has nothing to gain by protecting them, but "what if I could identify for you an NYPD police officer engaged in extralegal vigilante justice, and help you identify her co-conspirators?"
Reese was fooled, sure. And had she simply gotten away, they may never have heard from her again. But his "solution" when he discovered her complicity with her husband relied on mutual killshots -- something that is very highly unlikely, as Reese's expertise would surely tell him. She would probably live. There were only two shots, so the husband probably died, so now there's fresh evidence of a murder. She could easily be caught again, and this time she has the Finch group as a bargaining chip (they did, after all, assist in the escape of a wanted felon -- her).
That's only one scenario set up by Reese walking away, leaving her with a loaded gun in her hand. Stupid. But characters are only as smart as the writing, and this writing was just lazy, going for the pat, clever-appearing TV ending without thinking it through.