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Burn Notice - Season 7 - Matt Nix Interview

Thanks to Boris for the heads up.

After six seasons of Michael searching out why he was burned, why was it important in this final season for Michael to sacrifice his life with everyone he loves and protect them by going back to work for the CIA?
Going back to the beginning of the series, there's always been this tension between Michael's engagement with his family and his engagement with his friends and the isolation of the life of a spy. He came into the show very isolated. He hadn't talked to Fiona in years. He hadn't talked to Sam. He had been completed out of touch with his mother and his brother. And over the course of the series he's re-engaged with all of these people. He's made a new good friend in Jesse and so in a way all of that is good for him as a human being.

At the same time, one of the themes that we've explored is the idea that there's a reason he was isolated. There was a reason that it may be a good idea to be isolated as a spy. That's to say that when you're doing this kind of work, the cost to your family and friends can be very significant.

And, so when I think about how the series has gone, we had five seasons of Michael really engaging with Fiona [and] with his family, and then last season, Michael kinda getting a lot of the things he wanted and trying to have both his life as a spy and his family and the cost was terrible. His brother ended up dying. He ended up with his family and friends on the run. It took a terrible toll on the people he cares about and so that all came to a head in the finale of last season.

So, going into this season, I think that there's a part of Michael has been burned by that. He's doing this thing to save his family, but at the same time there's a part of him that I think is atoning for what he did last season. And, everything that he -- killing Tom Card and like losing his brother and all of that. What all of that meant for his family and friends, so he has gone back to living the live of an isolated spy.

So the question becomes is it too late? As he changed too much? And, that's really what the 100th episode is about. When those two sides of his life come crashing back together and Michael realizes that he can't let this go as easily as he might have thought once upon a time. Like is the old Michael Westen that the CIA wants even there any more? And, so that's kinda what we're exploring this season.

Can Michael give up the spy life?
That's a very good question. I think that's what we're exploring this year. One of the things that we kind of look at a lot with regard to not just Michael, but all the characters is this idea: Is it something he does or something he is?

When we talk about -- like what does Fiona want out of Michael? Does she want to like marry Michael and buy a house and watch television together? You know what I mean and mow lawns? Well, presumably not. Like there is something in them that is interested in engaging in this kind of life and that's kinda the stuff and substance of their relationship. At the same time, is that sustainable? Can they do that together forever? What does that actually mean? So that's a very good question and that's what this season is about.

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