The Best of 2014: Finales

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Enjoy the TV Fanatic staff picks for best finales of 2014 – mid-season and season.

1. The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Finale

The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Finale
Last year's TVD Season 5 finale was actually awesome. After a completely awful season, they pulled it together for the finale. Stefan was dead in the penultimate episode so that left the stakes high, the other side was collapsing, Liv and Bonnie did some work and got everyone back including ALARIC, everyone that is except for Damon and Bonnie. And when the lights blinked out with Damon and Bonnie holding hands, mid-sentence I was totally freaking out.

2. How to Get Away with Murder Season 1 Midseason Finale

How to Get Away with Murder Season 1 Midseason Finale
Midseason How to Get Away With Murder had enough drama for an entire first season. We finally saw the night of the bonfire take shape. We found out who killed Sam, more about Lila, and best of all- Annalise ended up being in on the whole coverup. Seeing her sitting in the dark when Wes went back for the trophy was a jaw-dropping moment.

3. Silicon Valley Season 1 Finale

Silicon Valley Season 1 Finale
Silicon Valley's season finale not only raised the stakes for Richard and his team, but the bar was raised on the humor front with two supremely hilarious gags: The world;s most mathematically complex masturbation joke to date and Zach Woods landing himself in jail through his desperate attempts to rebrand the company.

4. House of Cards Season 2 Finale

House of Cards Season 2 Finale
After swearing to take revenge on those who caused him to be passed on for secretary of state , Frank Underwood achieved his goal, and went one step further to become president. After all the political carnage and actual death that took place, no one can forget Kevin Spacey staring straight into the screen and knocking on the table in triumph.

5. Bates Motel Season 2 Finale

Bates Motel Season 2 Finale
This finale will always be remembered for THAT kiss between Norma and Norman, but there were some many other awesome things that took place. There was the partnership of Dylan and Romero, the amazing Norma and Dylan reunion and that closing shot of Freddie Highmore looking into the camera. Is it time for season 3 yet?!?!

6. Sons of Anarchy Season 7 Finale

Sons of Anarchy Season 7 Finale
In the last episode of Kurt Sutter's Hamlet inspired biker tragedy, the story came to a satisfying end. Before the curtain fell on this show, the mother had paid for her sins against her son. In an ironic fashion, Jax went out the same way that his father did. In the end, fans were left to wonder whether Jax's son Abel would be free from the life of his father. One thing fans know for sure, the crow certainly flies straight.

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