A Fitting End for The Shield

As The Shield ends its run, a corrupt, effective cop's ways catch up with him--and us

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Mackey (Chiklis, with Goggins, at right) is now pursuer and pursued.

In one of the last episodes of the Shield, whose series finale airs Nov. 25, corrupt former L.A. cop Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) takes a meeting with a drug boss. Mackey has brought him a big dope deal with another gang--secretly setting him up in order to secure for himself an immunity deal with the feds for a list of crimes that starts with murder and continues the length of your arm. The kingpin offers him a drink to take off the "edge." Mackey refuses. "The edge is where we live," he says. "People try to convince themselves otherwise. It's just...