Watch the 'Weeds' Season 8 Premiere
Watch the 'Weeds' Season 8 Premiere
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Showtime is giving its fans a chance to watch the premiere of the eighth and final season of Weeds a week early. On Facebook fans can unlock the Weeds season 8 premiere by first watching the season 2 premiere of Matt LeBlanc's Episodes.

Weeds' final season picks up right where the show left off, with the aftermath of a sniper taking a shot at Nancy Botwin.

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers about the Weeds season 8 premiere.

The episode begins with us learning that Nancy was shot in the head and is a bloody mess. As she's rushed to the hospital, her family and friends react in typical inappropriate fashion. Shane chases after the sniper, putting his police academy training to good use. Andy uses sex and self-examination to cope with the tragedy. Doug uses Nancy's coma to feel her up. And Silas once again comes flocking back to his mother, because while he constantly tries to escape her influence, he is his mother's son.

The surprising twist of the premiere is the identity of the sniper, revealed at the very end. I'll leave that mystery for you to discover on your own, but Silas and Shane go over the long, long list of potential suspects and the sniper is a character we've seen before who fans will remember, assuming they still remembered the show's early years. If you want a clue, remember the Simpsons episode "The Great Loose Detective," where Sideshow Bob helps figure out who's trying to murder Homer.

That twist is part of what makes the finals season of Weeds seem like it should be the last one. It's all coming full circle, and the show's new opening credits brilliantly illustrate that. The return of "Little Boxes" as the theme song accompanies drawings of the journey so far, starting with Agrestic and the fire, going to Ren Mar, the tunnel to Mexico, the road trip to Seattle, Nancy going to prison and New York, and finally the new Connecticut compound. Having a cute title sequence that tracks the wild and long journey of Weeds helps remind fans where the show started, where it is now, and why we love it.

The other great thing about the premiere is that it's actually funny. Lately Showtime's "comedies" have been lacking humor. Shows like The Big C, Nurse Jackie and House of Lies are all more dramatic and lack the screwball wackiness of Weeds. The way everyone flippantly reacts to Nancy's shooting is perfectly calibrated for the show. It doesn't treat it as some deadly serious, earnest drama, but an opportunity for comedic self-examination.

If this is how the final season of Weeds begins, I can't wait to see how it ends. Weeds airs Sundays at 10pm on Showtime.

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