[Warning: The following contains spoilers from iZombie's Season 4 finale, "And He Shall Be a Good Man."]
iZombie has become known for its game-changing finales (remember the Meat Cute massacre?) and the Season 4 finale did everything it could to keep up the trend. And with the announcement that the upcoming fifth season will be iZombie's last, we knew the stakes would be particularly high this year, even by iZombie standards. But rather than leave viewers hanging with edge-of-their seat, life-and-death cliffhangers, Season 4 switched things up a bit.
Although both Chase (Jason Dohring) and Liv (Rose McIver) believed they were each doing what was necessary to protect New Seattle's zombie population, their differing approaches came to a head in Monday's episode when Chase moved forward with his plan to publicly execute Liv and Levon (Daniel Bonjour) for being Renegade and murdering a Fillmore Graves soldier, respectively.
Refusing to let Liv die, Clive (Malcolm Goodwin), Ravi (Rahul Kohli), Peyton (Aly Michalka) and Major (Robert Buckley) teamed up with the remaining Underground Railroad crew to try and save her. After they released Levon's documentary online, the public sympathy for Renegade grew so strong that Chase was forced to move the planned executions to a private facility. In a last ditch effort, Peyton went on TV in order to beg for additional support, instructing viewers to storm the warehouse in protest.
While her friends and the protestors did everything they could to make it inside, Chase wasted no time before executing Levon. Then, it was Liv's turn at the guillotine. Driven by his enduring love for Liv, Major turned into a undead alabaster badass, busting through the door, charging onto the platform and tackling Chase. But before Major could finish the job, Liv was the one who slammed the anvil down on Chase's head when the commander found himself in a compromising position. And so, Major took over running Fillmore Graves to the surprise of no one except maybe Major himself.
Unfortunately for Major, he kind of got thrown into the deep end at this new job. While the majority of the Fillmore Graves forces were distracted with the execution, Blaine (David Anders) and Brother Love (Robert Knepper) took the opportunity to tell their people to bust out of New Seattle in order to create a new zombie-run world/make a killing on real estate. But while Blaine wanted to track the flock's progress from a safe distance, Brother Love insisted on leading from the ground, leaving his cowardly, manipulative but somehow oh-so lovable son behind.
And good thing Blaine stayed. Soldiers were waiting for the rogue zombies on the other side of the wall and killed them all -- including Brother Love -- before they could spread the zombie virus further. In the wake of all this violence, Major told Liv that from here on out, the only people who will stand in the way of the Underground Railroad will be the U.S. Army. And though Liv appreciated the change in Fillmore Graves policy, she wasn't ready to forgive Major for the role he played in Levon's death.
Ravi did offer Liv some small comfort in the reveal that, thanks to Isobel's (Izabela Vidovic) brain, he could finally turn her human again. But after Clive and Dale (Jessica Harmon) surprised everyone with a wedding in the police precinct, Liv chose to give Isobel's brain to Dale, allowing her to become human and giving the couple the much-deserved chance to be parents. (If you didn't cry here even a little bit, you're probably Vampire Steve.)
Meanwhile, a broke, grieving Blaine found a new purpose thanks to his former nemesis Major. Since Congress opted to stop sending brains to New Seattle, Major offered Blaine and Don-E (Bryce Hodgson) a deal: smuggle brains into New Seattle and become zombie heroes rather than low-life bottomfeeders. Of course, when Major promised to forgive all of Blaine's debts as part of this deal, he didn't realize just how in the hole the overly ambitious entrepreneur was.
But Blaine and Don-E won't be the only folk heroes next season. Although she insisted she was retired after Levon's execution, Liv ultimately decided to continue acting as Renegade after receiving an outpouring of support from friends and strangers alike who were inspired and grateful for everything she had done and sacrificed for the cause.
And so this is the beginning of the end for iZombie. For its final season, it seems all of our favorite players -- Liv, Ravi, Clive, Peyton, Major and even Blaine -- will all be working on the same side... at least to begin with. We're sure Blaine will do something to piss everyone off again soon enough, but overall it was a shockingly happy season finale that saw two of the show's recent antagonists, Brother Love and Chase Graves, killed and even got rid of who we hope turns out to be the last romantic roadblock in the anticipated Major and Liv reconciliation.
It'll be interesting to see how Rob Thomas decides to wrap up the series when it returns to The CW midseason, particularly because the two other shows he's best known for -- Veronica Mars and Party Down -- were both canceled before he got to deliver his intended ending. And while we have full faith in iZombie's final season to give us all the satisfying twists and turns we've come to expect from this series, if there's one thing we can't emphasize enough, it's our desire that Liv and Major get their happy ending. Just make it happen, okay? After everything they've been through, they deserve it. And so do we.
iZombie's first three seasons are available to stream on Netflix now. Season 4 is expected to hit the streaming service soon.