I don't personally care if Fiona and Michael are married or have kids at the end. That's pretty irrelevant to me, but there is no way in heck I want Michael to die! I suffered through that with Prison Break and it sucked.
Safe to say it'll be hard to please 100% of the audience. I think though there is ways to tie in elements into the finale that will please everyone.
At the end of it all, I think it's a nice time to have everyone sort of content. Their lives have all been hell for the past 6+ years. I think there is a way to tie the show together at the end without anymore suffering (i.e. the death of the lead character) while preserving the integrity of the show. Maybe I watch for different reasons than others, but when a show I like ends, I want everything tied up. I hate cliffhanger endings because it feels unfinished to me and the death of the lead after all the seasons of watching feels like a slap in the face. When the show ends it's nice to get a handle on what everyone's future holds and see that what they've worked so hard to do has finally reached a conclusion. I could see Jesse getting a job in D.C., Sam off to retirement with Elsa or another lady friend, Maddie putting the house up for sale ready to move into the future, Fiona gets a job as a P.I. type, and Michael finally gets back in at the CIA. Everyone is sitting around Carlitos drinking iced tea/mojitos when one of them gets a call for a job. They look around at each other and agree to one last gig together and set off. Or you could reverse it and have everyone at the end sitting around Carlitos toasting their last gig. They end with everyone sort of going their separate ways. Either way, end of show.
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I was a huge prison break fan and having the lead character die, was the worst possible ending. In fact, it almost made it feel as if watching the entire series a waste.
Of all the possible Burn Notice ending, I like this proposed one the best. Although, it's a little difficult to imagine Fiona holding down a "normal" job. I think she would be the one to continue helping civilians with their issues; and I assume she would find herself a "usable" boyfriend - like the guy who drove the ambulance (his name escapes me).