The show concept was based on The Dukes of Hazzard .Two men who act like brothers but aren't, assisted by a beautiful but scrappy tomboy and a gruff but wise elder family member, aid the local folk in dealing with crime, evil businessmen, and corrupt government influences, while driving a souped up, classic Dodge Charger. This sounds familiar.
The group that Mike now works for is the group he thinks he's fighting against, posing as an adversary of themselves.Duh.
The government needed Kessler deadMichael Weston is clearly among if not the best spy and most dangerous man on the planet. If he wants you dead you die. While he's a brilliant man his judgement when it comes to being burnt isn't always rational. So the government takes the most dangerous man on the planet forges a few connections and turns the most dangerous man on earth against their problem. So it's at least possible that the people who burned him got away with it, decided that keeping him out was more dangerous than bringing him in. They will continue to get away with it until someone trips and does or says something stupid. Or Mike sees some guy he interogated having tea and crumpets.
Michael was burned by the yogurt industry.Michael and co. have to be the largest consumers of yogurt in the Miami area. Knowing he's much more useful to them sitting in his house unemployed, top yogurt executives called in a favor to the US government to can Westen. Fortunately, Michael can make his own entertainment when he's not eating yogurt.
Michael was burned by Fulcrum.He was being considered as a candidate for The Intersect, and Fulcrum knew that having all that badassery wrapped up in one package was just asking for trouble.
Michael is being groomed to take over a top secret Government Agency that deals with policing the Intelligence branches of the United States and its allies.It's a Batman Gambit. They need an agent who hasn't burnt out yet. Sharp and inventive. Capable to make ties with others and fight to win, no matter the odds. They burn Michael and dump him at home. They force him to rely on his spy skills to help others for profit, but in the meantime regain any humanity he may have lost on the job. He will be a mixture of rogue spy and modern day knight. When the time is right, they'll offer him the job on policing his former bosses and other agencies, balancing security needs with preventing them from going too far.
The entire Gilroy/Simon plotline was The Plan on the part of whoever has Michael now (probably Management) to get him under their power.And we won't see him again until several episodes in to season 4.
Michael is an insane person with multiple personality disorder.Each of the big bads that Michael has had to deal with was similar to him — a dark reflection, a version of him that was amoral, sociopathic, hate filled, ruthless, rabid, etc. In fact, all of what we have seen has been a way for Michael's mind to help lead him back to sanity. Sam and Fiona are important people in his 'real' life, as are his family. They've been necessary for him to rebuild and remake himself, thus letting him tackle the increasingly difficult and dangerous parts of his psyche.
Michael is MacGyverHe's just changed a lot since the 1980s. MacGyver was a pseudonym to keep people guessing.
Fiona is a Desolation survivor.Look at the facts: Very thin, perpetual sunburn, no problem with shooting people in cold blood. It's possible she was actually captured by British intelligence and subjected to the Desolation Test, but they disavowed any knowledge of it so Jones thinks he's the only one.
Jesse knows Mike's the one responsible for his burn.He's getting close to Michael et al to finish his job, and then take Michael down. Otherwise, he would have to be awfully thick not to have put together...well, as TWOP puts it:
Michael will meet Annie from Covert AffairsAnd the crossover are awesome.
Michael was burned by Sam and FionaThat would be awesome!
This season, or possibly next season, will end with a three part to be continued crossover, and then a movie.You can see that White Collar, Covert Affairs, and Burn Notice are all moving in similar directions. There's a shadowy organization doing shadowy things in the shadows that has to be stopped. This is the only suitably epic way to deal with it.
Matt Nix and the rest of the writing staff are tropers!They certainly pay a lot of conscious attention to such things, much more so than most other shows. Watching various episode commentaries reveals just how much Matt Nix and the team keep in mind when doing the show, whether big or small, long term or short.
The narration is being given as a lectureAt the end Mike is unburned, but for some reason or another isn't put back on field duty (given all the things he has done during his burn, finding a reason isn't hard), instead being used to train new spies.
The last words of the series will be an Ironic Echo.Specifically, either Michael will get unburned and finish the series by saying, "My name is Michael Westen - I'm a spy", or he'll repeat the "My name is Michael Westen - I used to be a spy" line in such a way that indicates he's made peace with not getting back in.
John Barrett isn't actually the Big Bad.It's Vaughn and the people he works for. Barrett is just a rival. We know Simon worked for the Evil side, and we know that Vaughn's people worked with Simon up until they decided to switch to Michael.
John Barrett/The Real Evil Side is behind the huge conspiracies on White Collar and Covert Affairs.Julian Larson and Ben Mercer both work for them, and ultimately we're going to end up with a three hour crossover movie at the end of Next Season.
Michael's mother is actually working for the agency that burned him and she's secretly Michael's handler.
Burn Notice will cross over with Dexter...somehow.Some possibilities:
Michael will be out of the picture for a timeJesse is also a burned spy, which lets them keep the title, and it would provide for some interesting group dynamics by removing the leader. I actually thought it would happen earlier, like when Jesse shot Michael.
Burn Notice and Mythbusters will do a crossover!Both shows tend to have lots of fun playing with wacky things. Heck, I can think of at least two BN things that the Mythbusters did (phonebooks as bullet resistant armor, fooling a motion detector with a sheet).
Fiona is Scorpia from ChampionsScorpia is a former IRA terrorist with a love of random violence and overkill, who has a record of double-crossing her employers and making people who annoy her dead. And her real name? Fiona.
Michael Westen's father was actually a spy like his son and may still be alive and have been the cause of Michael's burn noticeIt seems very convenient to me that Frank Westen died shortly after his son Michael became a spy and that no specific cause of death is given, you would think that the Westen family would have found this a very odd coincidence. Also the Westens never seem to mention what Frank Westen did for a living so it seems probable to me that he may have been a spy and he disappeared so that his enemies wouldn't figure out about Michael being his son and compromise both of their lives. From there Frank Westen may have been observing Michael Westen's career and saw the interest that all these hostile organizations had in his son and decided to put a burn notice on his son to protect him from them and so that he could find a semblance of normalcy back home with his mother and brother. The burn notice was meant to help Michael, but Frank can't reveal himself or both of them might be killed.
Max's "wife" is involved in his death.....if she exists.You've just been shot. The guy you've been working with comes into the room and asks what happened and who shot you. You're going to start talking about your wife being mad? Unless.......his wife is involved somewhat. Maybe there isn't even a wife in the picture. I fully expect Michael to say to the CIA chick investigating Max's murder "How's his wife taking this?" and getting a puzzled look and a "Max wasn't married" response.
John Marston from Red Dead Redemption is an ancestor of Michael Westen.Think about it. Both of them have been screwed over by corrupt forces in the government and are confined to a particular area until their mission is over and then they can go home. They help people on a consistent basis out of the good will of their hearts but always are realistic telling their clients that they "will see what they can do" because there are never any guarantees of mission success in life. They are highly athletic and talented gun-fighters being able to take on groups of much greater size in comparison to themselves and come out on top through skill, wit and ingenuity. Are highly personable people who are quite capable of talking their way out of a situation and prefer to give people a chance to surrender or walk away before they refer to violence, not to mention that despite being fighters are deeply philosophical and articulate in the way that they talk. Both of them have a rag-tag group of friends that may seem unreliable at first but deep down they know they can depend on with their lives. And lastly both have a family worth fighting for and coming home to. All in all John Marston comes off as a vigilante cowboy that works hard for the greater good and Michael comes off as a modern cowboy soldier fighting for the greater good as well. Coincidence? You decide. (it is already in my personal fanon)
Anwar from season one is the same man as Ranjit from How I Met Your MotherWell, they're played by the same actor at least. Also, think of how useful a role driving a cab or limo in New York City would be for intelligence gathering. Hell, considering that he works for Libyan intelligence, he's probably investigating Barney's employers - if he isn't working with them...
Fiona Burned Michael.A few things kind of stuck out at me, one was that Fiona was right at Michaels bedside when he got to Miami. Now maybe it was coincidence or maybe she knew he would be there. It would also explain part of why she gets so irritated at Michael trying to figure out how he got burned and finding the source since he might discover it was her. It could also be part of why she seemed to react more strongly during season 4 with Jesse than Michael did, because that old guilt was surfacing again. To clarify, I think it was an accident, she ended up using one of his passwords or something similar and it all came tumbling down. It's also part of why Strickler wanted Fiona removed, aside from her reputation information about what she did and why would end up rippling back through others and cause him no end of grief.
Larry is still aliveAnd he will be pissed that the psych planed for him to be caught in the explosion. Providing a handy way for him to be killed without any of the group doing it. On the Sorting Algorithm of Deadness, Larry's score
Mike was burned so he would eventually deal with someone inside/has control of the CIAJust like the other burned Michael.
The person who was "working with Anson all along"? Pearce.
Larry will be the wild card that kills Anson in a public manner.There's the WMG that Larry isn't dead, of course. And given he's the kind of guy with a very long memory and a lot of resources and that he's been trying to re-retire again for a while, if he's alive, he's exactly where he wants to be... except he's probably very very pissed at Anson (and Michael, but he probably rationalizes it as Michael being an unwitting pawn). Anson - perhaps rightfully - believes Larry to be dead and so hasn't made any sort of plans against what he might be doing in the background. So Larry shows up and gets revenge on Anson in a very public way (Larry isn't one for subtlety after all). Team Weston will Indy Ploy their way through the situation such that they can maintain their good guy status while Anson still gets killed and Larry gets caught.
When Anson is beaten, he'll still win, at least with Michael.See, Michael has been trying very very hard not to knock Anson on his ass. In the end, Michael will be the one to do so, willingly or otherwise. But the thing is, Anson is doing what Michael was doing as a kid - being calm and collected in order to focus someone's anger and abuse on to him as opposed to focused on other stuff. So in short, when Michael beats Anson, unless Michael can do it some other way, Anson will have played his final card: making Michael do something his abusive father would do and beat the crap out of someone in anger and fury. Michael will be left with a corpse and a heck of a lot of emotional baggage on top of the 30 years worth he already has.
The real Professor Moriarty from BBC’s Sherlock is AnsonThis assumes that the character we know as “Jim Moriarty” is actually working for Anson. We know that Moriarty is at the center of a vast network of spies and criminals; Anson certainly fits the bill. As a highly educated psychologist, Anson fits the “professor” role better than “Jim”. Coupled with his intelligence and ability to construct intricate plots and manipulate others, this makes him a worthy Holmes adversary. Plus, the tactic of strapping explosives to helpless victims and detonating them is something that comes up in both shows. In fact, the similarities in tactics are striking. In both cases, the bad guy eventually introduces himself to the target (Michael or Sherlock) after a long period of pulling strings and watching from the shadows. Both manipulate the target by threatening their loved ones. Both try to discredit the target by framing them for crimes they didn’t commit, casting doubt on an entire lifetime of service. So here’s the working theory: Anson slowly builds up his international criminal/terrorist network as he lays the groundwork to burn and recruit Michael. During this time, Sherlock Holmes visits Florida to deal with the case of Mrs. Hudson’s husband. Sherlock’s talents and unique behavior catch Anson’s attention, so he assigns “Moriarty” to play games with him, carefully observing how he’ll react so he can come up with a psychological profile. Eventually he realizes that Sherlock won’t be corrupted, so he sets up the framing/suicide plot to get rid of him before he finds out about the organization. This theory explains why “Moriarty” acts more like a psycho underling (maybe someone like Simon) than a master criminal. He clearly wants to kill Sherlock at the pool, but is ordered to let him go by a mysterious phone call from on high. Also, he commits suicide just as it seems his master plan is coming together. This would be unusual for an arch-villain, but very similar to Anson’s agents, who sometimes commit suicide or are killed to prevent Michael from learning more. So “Jim Moriarty,” like Simon Escher, is probably a psycho burned spy who worked for Anson; this also explains why he is able to produce convincing cover I.D.s (such as “Rich Brook” or “Jim from IT”).
Jimmy, from E2S3, lived.Think about the ep ending: Jimmy and a third, unnamed guy (We'll call this third guy "Tre" just to put a name on him) are watching baseball when Big Bad Sandoval comes in, gun drawn. Everyone pulls weapons, there's a lot of yelling. Cut to Sam standing outside, listening. Sam puts a round into the ground at his feet. We hear a few more shots, then Sandoval faintly begging Jimmy "please, no, DON'T DO IT!" and a few final shots. Figure after Sam's shot, Sandoval shot Tre just as Jimmy shot Sandoval, then Jimmy finished off Sandoval despite his begging. Possible we might see Jimmy again as a Mook for another Villain of the Week, or perhaps a new Client Of The Week. ("I'm in WAY over my head, man, I do this or they go after my family! You HAVE to help me!")
Michael is a TimelordHe suffered a fatal accident several decades ago, and due to some Applied Phlebotinum, yogurt staves off his pending regeneration. Which is why he is almost constantly eating the stuff. He also lost his TARDIS in the accident which is why he stays on earth, making a living as a person that helps people. Sam + Fi are aware of this, but being the Genre Savvy people they are, don't say a word. Mama Westen? Woman Michael helped out long ago, developed a soft spot for, and adopted her as his mother. Anything that doesn't line up with this theory? A Wizard Did It + Timey-Wimey Ball
Anson is a decedent/relative to Aizen Sousuke.They both manipulate people to their bidding, and make things go 'just as planned'. Aizen's zanpakuto power, Kyōka Suigetsu, works against people's senses via hypnosis, and Anson has been making psychoanalyzes on Michael via 'substitute therapist'. They've also set their own plans years in advance. Not sure how distant Aizen would be (since he's been dead for who knows how long) but he would definitely be part of the same family tree as Anson.
Michael uses yogurt as a safe substitute for alcohol.While Michael's okay with light social drinking, he uses yogurt as a comfort food/snack food to help distance himself from the possibility of becoming an alcoholic especially since he knows he may have to fake drink a lot for a job any given day.
Michael will quit the CIA for good at the end of season 6.Think about it: he's been told multiple times since the start of the series that he's been taking the investigation into his burn notice too seriously. Granted the reasons may not have been entirely selfish once it became clear that his burn was part of something bigger. However it's put considerable strain on his relationship with Fi and put him as odds with the rest of his friends and family more than once. Anson may be dead now but it leaves the question of who pulled the trigger on the bullet that ultimately killed him as well as Nate. In the end it's highly likely that the loss of his brother will be the thing to make Michael think that his full reinstatement as a spy for the CIA isn't worth it anymore.
Management arranged for Anson to be shot. Think about it: he disappeared in season 3, with no mention of him being caught or killed, despite all the other members of the burnt spy organization getting rounded up except for Anson. Anson mentions that Management was the other founder of said organization, starts re-building the organization, and then was about to get busted. Management probably had him killed to keep him from blabbing.
The sniper wasn't after Anson. They were after Nate. Nate's gotten in over his head with shady people before. One of them saw an opportunity and took it. Anson was the collateral damage, not Nate.
Anson was working with Tom Card.At some point in time, Anson allied himself with Card to rebuild the "Burned Spies" organization from the ground up, but when Michael's actions forced Anson to go on the run, Card decided to cut his losses and take him out. Nate was collateral damage whose death has necessitated Michael's elimination.
As of Season Six's finale, Michael has taken over in the CIA for Tom Card or another dead agent.
As of Season Six's finale, Fiona is pregnant with Michael's child.
Sam Axe is Ash WilliamsAfter defeating the Deadite hoardes, Ash grew bored of his adventureless life at S-Mart, and attempted to join the Navy. They, of course, turned him down since he was technically handicapped (not considering a chainsaw to be a useable limb.) Disappointed, he used the Necronomicon to grow his hand back, then attempted enlistment again, successfully this time, under a different name: Sam Axe. He then became a SEAL and eventually the beer-swilling hero we know and love.
"Management" hasn't been mentioned or seen because......He went to another dimension, which is none other than the show Revolution. He's the one who arranged for the nanomachines to absorb all electricity and cause a blackout worldwide. Why? Because he could.
Michael Westin will die in the final episodeWith everything Mike has put the gang and his family though, and the massively illegal things he and his friends have done it may be that Death Equals Redemption. He might be required to die so the rest can escape or he may simply be unlucky. He might be dead for real or merely faking his death to, or simply a case of did not find the body.
Michael Westin has been dead all along, the whole series is a him telling the story to St. Peter or someone in the afterlife.Michael dies in the end or is between life and death and St. Peter or someone is curious about how he came to be dead (or St. Michael, they share the same name. Alternately, Michael is Jesus in Purgatory. He died in the pilot in Nigeria and is perpetually stuck in Miami (purgatory) until he has made amends for all the sins of his life. At the end Michael will finally sacrifice himself for the crimes of his friends and be at peace.
Michael Westin's final Get out of Jail Free card will be a Presidential Pardon...Michael's Exploits will have reached the President's ears and after Michael and friends complete the mission, he will be called into the oval office and be asked how this all came about (conditional for the pardon). Mike will ask "where do I begin?" The president says "at the Beginning" Mike will answer, "My Name is Michael Westin, I used to be a spy..."
Larry will make a reappearance in the Season 7 episode "Tipping Point"The preview for "Tipping Point" reveals that Michael will encounter the last person he would expect to see. Larry makes the most sense, because he's supposed to have "died", even though it was never definitely confirmed. The reason would be that Strong recruited Larry because he knew Larry was the kind of person who would get the job done by any means necessary. He'd be the perfect choice to lead a hit squad to eliminate James. Plus it would be an opportunity for Michael to finally resolve his conflicted feelings about Larry once and for all.
Strong is a rogue agentHe's using Michael to take down James's organization because he wants to take control of it himself.
Chuck Finley will guest star before the series finale.Sam Axe's "lucky name" is an actual person; a former MLB pitcher and 5 time All-Star, and an old friend of Bruce Campbell's. Although he's probably better remembered for being the unfortunate victim of domestic abuse; his former wife TawnyKitaen brained him with a stilleto heel during a 2002 incident. Be kinda nice to see the inspiration for Sam's alias on-screen before the final curtain comes down. Jossed, although maybe he'll be in the spin-off.
The CIA knows just as well as Sam and Jesse about Michael's fate.
There will be a spin off with Sam and Jessie as the main characters.It seems like the logical thing to do, plus we gotta have something to watch on Thursdays.