Each of the TV Fanatic staff picks for best finale (season or midseason) of 2014 did something to really shake up the she when it returns.
The Vampire Diaries killed off two major characters. Sure, one has already returned, but even taking the chance of offing two favorites is a big deal. On the Bates Motel season ender, Norman was revealed to be the man we all remember from Psycho – a genuinely scary dude.
On The Mentalist, after finally clearing the slate of Red John, love was in the air.
Flip through the slideshow and then weigh in with your thoughts in the comments and/or by taking our poll.
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