You're given an opportunity to tie the loose ends of your cancelled series (something not everyone gets), and what do you do? Dedicate half the running time to flashbacks that aren't really needed and dedicate the other half to modern day meandering. Great plan! What, did they take all the ideas they had for season 8 and condense them into a 100 page script? Even with more time, it wouldn't have been a satisfying conclusion. Decades of family toxicity and it all ends by highlighting Ray and Mickey's bond? Screw that! Showing the parallels between Ray's arrest in the present and Mickey's arrest in the past would've made sense if the reasoning had been the same, but no. The former was a sacrifice and the latter was a set-up. Also, I understand that Mickey's death scene came out of nowhere because the makers wanted to shock the audience, but that doesn't really work with a story that has been going on for years. Especially because there was an old episode with a death fake out for him.