This is another season that will divide fans because everyone has their own opinion about how the season was supposed to end.
Of the eight episodes of this shortened season, I thought that the first seven were fantastic. However, the series finale ended with a whimper instead of a bang.
Let's start with its good aspects and end with the less positive ones:
(1) The First Seven Episodes - Every character had major conflicts that he needed to resolve in this season. Johnny Drama is on the cusp of starring in a television show that could rival the "Simpsons" and "Futurama" in terms of its popularity. But, he will have to mediate between the strong wills of his co-star, Andrew Dice Clay, and his producer to push the project through. Turtle could make a name for himself as he spear-heads the U.S. launch of Avion tequila; however, despite his street-smarts and enthusiasm, he may not have the business acumen needed to turn a profit. As far as Eric ("E") is concerned, he has changed. We all believed that E was a naïve minnow trying to protect his friend, Vincent Chase, from the shark-tank that is Hollywood. By this season, we discover that E is a shark himself. Some of his actions this season are so breathtakingly manipulative and cynical that we have to wonder if he has lost his soul. As E loses his soul, Ari Gold struggles to find his. Once again, Jeremy Piven turns in an acting tour de force, as Ari ponders his life as a potential divorcee. What does a man in his mid-40s with all that clout, intelligence and ambition do when he has suddenly lost the family that kept his darker impulses in-check? This season we get to find out and the end-result is fascinating. Finally, we see yet another side of Vincent Chase. Vince is clean and sober after a court-mandated rehab stint. Internalizing the lessons of his sobriety support group, Vince decides that he is going to enrich the lives of those around him --- by any means necessary. Vince's aggressively good-intentioned meddling in the lives of others has both some awkwardly comedic and shockingly tragic ramifications. Overall Grade for these 7 episodes: A -minus)
(2) The Final Episode - The series finale seemed disjointed and oddly anti-climatic. This is particularly unfortunate since there were four episodes in the final season which are amongst the best of the series. HBO, as a whole, has been very hit-or-miss in how it concludes series. The finale to the Sopranos ended abruptly. While ambiguity can be a good thing,that finale seemed to do the series a disservice. Conversely, the finale to Six Feet Under was one of the best I have ever seen. I would place Entourage in the Sopranos category; its clumsy attempt to tie up loose ends will probably have a negative impact on how this season is viewed. (Overall grade for the final episode: D - plus)
With all of this said, Entourage was a great series and I will certainly will miss it.