Ficus Predicts: Friday Night Lights Series Finale

Posted: February 3, 2011 in Ficus Predicts

It’s always sad when we have to say farewell to those shows we hold dear. There is 1 episode remaining in the 5 season run of Friday Night Lights and  several plot-strands remaining unresolved. What better way to look forward to the end of a dynasty then play a bit of pigskin pick’em with a favourite team.

1. Will they stay or will they go now?

18 years. That’s how long Tami and Eric have been married. What’s in store for TV’s most stable couple?

Will they move to Philly where Tami has a career-defining opportunity or will they stay in Dillon as Coach Taylor chases High-School football immortality as coach of the Dillon Panthers?

I think Eric is too good a guy to put his own career in front of his wife’s. If we’ve learnt anything about Eric it is that he is devoted to Tami.

It’s Philly all the way.

2. Lions win state! Or do they?


The Lions will be Champions. I envisage a scenario where Eric has yet to decide whether he wants to the Panthers job before the game. When they win he’ll be estatic and he’ll realise he has nothing to left to accomplish in Dillon.

Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose!

3. Riggins?

Rapprochement with Billy. He might even sell his land to help Billy and Mindy.

I don’t really see Timmy and Tyra as a lasting thing. He’s so ‘Texas Forever’ and Tyra has always been afraid of being trapped in Dillon. Perhaps both Tyra and Riggins decide to leave Dillon and never return.

Alternatively, Riggins may build a time-machine and travel back in time  so he can relive his glory days as a Dillon Panther Full-back. Maybe he can even stop Jason Street’s injury from ever occurring…bad for Saracen…good for the team.

4. Luke’s duke?

Will he heed Tim’s advice and leave it all on the field at State? Remember that Riggins literally left his cleats on the field following the Panther’s loss at State at the end of season 3. Luke is an interesting cat. He has no real prospects outside of football and his prospects there are still pretty limited.

That being said my theory is that he plays so hard that a scout recognises his talents and makes him an offer he can’t refuse.

5. Matt and Julie 4ever?

This is where my powers of deduction begin to diminish.

Maybe over Christmas lunch they both reach for the same Turkey thigh and they’re like ‘that’s amore’.

6. Buddy?

Has a sex-change, works at the landing strip. Finally realises that he hasn’t fed Santiago in 3 years

7. Vince-Jess?


I wonder if Vince’s father will return.  He just seemed to disappear in a cloud of fury. I hope not. He frightens me.


Over to You…

Keep Watching Your Screens


My owners have seen fit to move me over to this location

  1. John says:

    If anything it’s Matt and Julie that deserve the zzzzzzzzz’s.

    • Personally, I’m emotionally invested in the Matt-Julie (Mulie?) relationship. Saracen is by far my favourite QB…um character. Julie has kind of ‘jumped the shark’ this season as the writers (needlessly) seemed desperate to maintain her presence on the show.
      Matt will be her guide back from the precipice of mediocrity…maybe.

  2. For the most part what is interesting to me is how these questions, these looming shadows, seem to overshadow “State” itself. As if the game were an afterthought and what lies beneath it, and beyond it, becomes the real issue for us- the humble viewer.

    Personally- it would be nice to see them attain that glory, certainly, the season that the Lions have had may make it seem inevitable, but truly, how crushing would it be to see them lose? They showed great spirit, well, “full hearts” in losing the S3 showdown (much of my joy was in seeing that JD McTurd get turfed) and still their remained a sense of pride at the end.

    The game being a microcosm for life, in the end, noone wins- we are all losers (he hee) but surely its the battle-scars that matter, that show us who we are, define who we may strive to be. That’s what Lights is all about.

  3. Your missing one: Mindy and Billy…? The way their paths havecome to the fore this season has been exceptional, they have shone. I give great credit to the writing, yes, who would have thunk it after the first couple of seasons that the two would bring so much to the table? The actors have been quite wonderful, indeed, beautiful.

  4. I think the fate of Billy and Mindy is very much dependent on what happens to Riggins.
    Look to the land and you shall see the future!

  5. On a another note, what purpose did that basketballer turn wide receiver serve?
    The writers failed to develop that character to any great level…I mean he did catch some balls…

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