The story is that the writers changed the original plan for season seven because of the strike and that "Veritas" would serve as either the season finale for the show if they could not continue filming or just as a mid-season finale (as it was I believe). They also apparently had written a series finale just in case they could not continue or were canceled that season. Michael Rossenbum was very vocal about coming back for the finale if this was the case. I remember posting here that I really hoped the show would conclude because of how bad things had got. Season Seven was ultimately shortened as well due to the strike. I remember that we posted pictures of Brian, Kelly, Don, and Holly picketing and there was overwhelming support for them here.