andrew lincoln strike back origins finale 'Strike Back: Origins' finale: 'Walking Dead's' Andrew Lincoln sacrifices himselfCinemax brought “Strike Back: Origins” to a close Friday (Nov. 29). This is actually the first season of “Strike Back” from the U.K. — it aired there in 2010 and never aired in the U.S. The U.S. viewers had to jump in with Season 2, subtitled “Project Dawn.”

This season has been airing under the name “Origins,” acting as a kind of prequel for the U.S. viewers — and featuring Andrew Lincoln as Hugh Collinson while he simultaneously appears on AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

In the season finale, John Porter (Richard Armitage) and Gerald Baxter (Ewen Bremner) escape from the compound and return to Afghanistan. Baxter is killed by a Taliban soldier, Collinson (Lincoln) is confronted by Leyla about how it was his bullet who shot Steve Andrews (who is now dead), in addition to Mike Reilly and Keith Finn. Leyla uses it to force Collinson to save Porter and Collinson confesses he killed the soldiers because he thought they were Taliban.

In the dramatic climax firefight, Collinson sacrifices himself to save Porter, but a Delta Force team is given orders to “neutralize” Porter before he possibly gets to Iran — and that’s where the episode ends.

What did you think of the finale of “Strike Back: Origins”?

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."