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In this month’s subscriber-only podcast we tackle the final season of The Shield, and do so head on.  In this extended podcast we look back on the series as a whole, as The Shield season seven does, and how the dialogue, metaphors, parallels and layered symbolism evokes everyone from Freeway Rick Ross to Mark Fuhrman and everything from Iran-Contra to the abolition of the prison-industrial complex.  We look at the emerging relevance of the Mexican drug cartels in these later seasons, the themes of broken trust, confessions and self-destruction, as well as a dozen characters from prior seasons who are brought back for this finale, and why.

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