According to an article in the NY Times we have 12 more episodes left, which is 3 more than I thought they were offering. The first show of the last season had me on edge once again. The Shield is a rarity: it hasn't jumped the shark. I can't say the show gets better as it is consistently great. Everyone's family is in danger. Vic got a reprieve of 30 days to stay at the Barn and Shane is so deep in trouble that the only thing that can help him are Vic and Ronnie. Welcome back!