Game-changing cliffhangers - "Weeds" has always used them to expand the worlds of Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) and her cohorts while maintaining central narratives.

Game-changing cliffhangers - "Weeds" has always used them to expand the worlds of Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) and her cohorts while maintaining central narratives.

That said, the shocking Season 5 finale - Nancy's son Shane (Alexander Gould) braining his mother's rival with a croquet mallet - felt less like sharp writing and more like a device to make us forget the ridiculousness (and dead-end plots) of that season.

Season 6's premiere picks up immediately after the poolside murder, and the Botwins quickly go on the lam. Where will this lead? No idea - the premiere is vague and shares much of last season's incongruity.

Also, Elizabeth Perkins' exodus leaves her character, Celia, in limbo. Maybe we're expected to just forget her in lieu of numerous guest appearances this season - Linda Hamilton, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Richard Dreyfuss.

There was a locale switch at the end of Season 3, too, and the following season was a pleasant surprise, tackling darker themes and larger issues while keeping the humor strong. Unfortunately, any momentum was quickly negated the following season.

"Weeds" has seen better days and is surely heading to its conclusion. Still, I'm invested in these characters, especially Justin Kirk's Andy, and people like me will have to see it through. But for how long?