Just throwing this up here in the wake of spoilers from last night’s taping. I can’t claim credit for this theory, but I have permission to share it and am happy to do so, because it intrigues me.
I’m not going to go deep into the spoilers themselves. They’re out there. What I want to address is this. The episode definitely comes off as a ‘goodbye’ episode. Hence the name. But I don’t think it’s a goodbye to the show so much as a goodbye to the majority of the BMW elements. Not people like Shawn and Josh, who very much have a big place of their own in GMW now, but to the other random visits, as well as to many of the gratuitous references.
The episode taped was filled with callbacks, parallels, and guests, many of which it’s easy to assume that MJ would have wanted to save for the series finale. But he didn’t. Because at the end of the day GMW is part of the BMW universe, but it’s a separate entity. It can stand on its own, and it’s doing that more and more with every episode. This season finale was the opportunity to cut those ties and make room for GMW and it’s characters to grow even more.