Southland Creator on Finale: "Every Character Is Faced with a Huge Crisis"

Southland's Season 2 finale doesn't feel much like a finale - because it wasn't intended to be.

The episode (Tuesday at 10/9c on TNT) was originally the sixth of a 13-episode second season ordered by NBC before the network canceled the show before its fall 2009 premiere. As such, the "finale" is missing some of the cliff-hanger trappings that TV viewers have come to expect.

"We had no choice," creator and executive producer Ann Biderman tells about ending the season with this episode. "But there's something kind of great about it. We go out with a bang. We go out with everyone's lives being tested and challenged. I do feel it worked out all right - there's really a lot of drama here."

Indeed, the emotional stakes have never been higher. Officers John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz), Ben Sherman (Ben McKenzie) and Chickie Brown (Arija Bareikis) all ride together in search of a rapist who's impersonating a cop. For Ben, the case is personal, stirring up memories of his own mother's rape. He also has to face how serious Cooper's painkiller addiction has become.

The stress of the case is rivaled by the unresolved tension in the patrol car, particularly between Cooper and Chickie, who Cooper described as a "crap cop" earlier this season.

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