Shouldn't there be a bigger budget available for Season Finales?
I'm sure they had budget issues with the final episode. I swear I read somewhere that they overspent earlier in the season/throughout the season and that hamstrung them a bit for the final.
Can't find where I read that but here is something from MA on the finale in relation to the cost of using Farrell's images for the finale and why they weren't used.
After all, this was a show where we had to cut out hundreds of thousands of dollars from the original draft.
So it probably did have a bigger budget, but it was still not enough for what they wanted to do.