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'White Collar' series finale: Jeff Eastin teases unexpected ending

White Collar‘s final episode is upon us. Every con, every friendship, every heist has led to this definitive episode. For six seasons, White Collar has teased out the loyalty of con man Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) to his FBI handler, Peter Burke (Tim DeKay). A lot of questions have yet to be answered: Will Neal betray Peter? Will the FBI deny Neal his freedom? Will Neal go rogue and run away with Mozzie? How will it all end?

Showrunner and executive producer Jeff Eastin dropped some hints to EW Community about what fans can expect in the series finale—and warns that not everyone is going to like the outcome.

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY COMMUNITY: How are you feeling as the show draws to a close?

JEFF EASTIN: I feel another season or two would have been nice, but I think we did a good job of making the most of what time we had. There’s really no way to say how fortunate I feel. Most shows never make it this far. To do a show for half a decade and spend that time with characters that I love is really sort of a holy grail for creating a television show.

What are some of your favorite moments from the series?

My favorite moment from the entire series is the moment in the pilot when Peter shows up at the mansion for the first time and realizes that Neal is not living in the crappy boarding house. I think you get the whole series right there. My second favorite moment in the entire series has got to be the final shot in the series finale.

What can viewers expect from this series finale?

People can expect a return to things we did in season 1. Expect a lot of callbacks that will remind people of why they originally fell in love with Neal, Peter and Mozzie.

What inspired you to introduce the Pink Panthers this season?

We’ve been trying to work the Panthers into the series since season 4. They were a real group, a collection of guys who described themselves as the “greatest criminal minds on the planet.” We incorporated a lot of their lore, like unquestioned obedience, unquestioned loyalty, the idea that once you’re in you can never get out. This inspired us and took us to a place where we wanted to get to in the series finale. The panthers help show how Neal is really caught between a rock and a hard place.

It’s always fun seeing former characters come back for final seasons. Why did you choose to bring back Matthew Keller (Ross McCall)?

I’ve always loved Keller’s character. I love the way Ross McCall plays Keller, and I think he has always been a great foil for Neal. He was conceived as the anti-Neal: a version of Neal if things had gone differently. Thematically, the entire quest of the series has been Neal trying to discover who he is. On one side, Neal is so desperate to be Peter, to have the white picket fence, the respect and the admiration of the people he works with. On the other side, Neal has a part of him that is Keller, the straight-up con man. The difference between Neal and Keller is Keller’s ruthless enough to do whatever it takes to achieve his aims. Neal always has that moral compass. There’s a great moment between Keller and Neal in the finale where you see their friendship play out.

In an interview with AfterBuzzTV, you said you had an ending in mind for a long time, but decided to change it right before the finale. Can you share what inspired you to change your original ending?

In the original ending, everything was based on the flipping of a coin. In the first scene, Neal lands on heads and goes off with Mozzie and they become the two greatest criminal masterminds in history. In the second scene, Neal lands on tails and takes Peter’s position at the FBI. In the last scene, Neal flips the coin and it fades to black. We don’t know what choice he made. That was the original ending when I pitched the series. Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay came to me with another idea, and that’s the ending you’ll see in the finale.

That’s interesting, because I would want to know what choice Neal makes. I wouldn’t want to be left hanging.

In the finale you will see Neal make a choice—you will know which way he chooses.

I would be satisfied if Neal made either choice. I would be happy to see him pull off a big heist with Mozzie and I would be happy to see him settle down.

I will tell you this: There is probably a third choice in there also. And I hope you forgive us for it.

[Gasps!] We’re not going to lose anyone, are we?

You’ll have to watch it.


Whoa. Bombshell. Forgive them for the ending? It sounds like the series might not wrap up as neatly as we might hope. If Neal doesn’t choose Mozzie or Peter, what or who does he choose? Will someone die in the finale? I would be devastated if we lost anyone … especially Neal.

The series finale of White Collar airs Thursday, Dec. 18, at 9/8C on USA.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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