Maura's about to drop a bombshell bigger than Jane's on Rizzoli & Isles

Aug 22, 2016 at 11:54 p.m. ET
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There are only two episodes left before the series finale of Rizzoli & Isles, and I don't think I'm the only one who's finding it increasingly difficult to pay attention to the content of the cases because I'm so distracted by speculations of how the writers plan to wrap up the characters' personal story lines. We already have some answers: Jane's going to teach at the FBI Academy and now Frankie and Nina are engaged. And as of Monday's new episode, there seem to be some pretty big hints that a huge change is in store for Maura as well.

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Maura's been totally supportive of Jane's leaving the BPD, but in the latest episode, we finally started to see her veneer crack. At the clinic, Maura meets a family with a terminally ill baby, who prays for a miracle and gets it — by the end of the show, the little girl's health is on the upswing and her prognosis is good. Maura has trouble computing this; she's a woman of science, after all. Jane is of course there to help her process both the grave condition of the little girl and her recovery, and Maura confesses that she doesn't know what she's going to do without her.

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In an ideal world, these two would end up in Virginia together and there would be a spin-off show in which we'd follow their adventures for another seven seasons. At this point, though, it looks like the remarkable recovery of this little girl has provoked a crisis within Maura, and she doesn't know how to deal with a world that isn't dictated by science and logic. Jane reminds her that things can't always make sense, but sometimes they happen for a reason. For example, if Maura hadn't gotten that brain injury (which has been virtually ignored this season), she wouldn't have be inspired to pursue other pastimes, like working at the clinic, and then she wouldn't have met this family and been a part of this little girl's story.

It does seem like Jane's departure and her discombobulation over this latest development in life is shaking Maura, but what could we expect to happen in the next two episodes? We've already been surprised by the news that Maura used to be married, so what else could possibly happen? There is, of course, the scenario where she moves to Virginia with Jane. For a second during this week's episode, while Maura was cooing at the baby, I thought we might be in for a "Maura has a kid" story line. I'm not sold on that, but who knows? She could leave science behind altogether and throw herself into finishing that novel. She could leave the BPD for work in the clinic full-time. At this point, it's anyone's guess, but whatever she does do promises to rattle the foundations of this show in its final episodes.

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How do you think Maura's story line will end? Will she leave the BPD as well? Tell us in the comments!

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