Actor Larry Hagman in front of the Southfork Ranch mansion...

Actor Larry Hagman in front of the Southfork Ranch mansion made famous in the television show, "Dallas," in Parker, Texas. The new "Dallas" started its second season on TNT recently and the recent death of the show's star, Larry Hagman, who played conniving Texas oilman J.R. Ewing, have also spurred fans to visit. (Oct. 9, 2008) Credit: AP

And so comes the final scene for prime-time soap's pre-eminent star  -- Larry Hagman's J.R. Ewing -- last seconds from last night's "Dallas." Next week is the funeral and presumably some more back story, so that closing shot last night be not necessarily be the very last scene we see of the great Hagman but it was certainly the end of J.R.

I'm dispensing here with the usual "spoiler alert:" Everyone knows that J.R. was expected to die last night, and apparently did. Again, you have to couch this a bit because the scene was cleverly set up, with footage assembled from taping last summer, long before Hagman's death just after Thanksgiving.

The funeral -- along with more back story -- arrives next week. We'll then know who shot J.R. (yes, he's been shot again!)  and because two shots were fired, it's a fair assumption an assailant was involved.

J.R.'s last words? They were to his son, John Ross Ewing, played by Josh Henderson, via phone: "You shouldn't have to pay for my sins. Just remember -- I'm proud of you. You're my son, from tip to tail."

Here's a very good clip that sets up the scene, and some of the season-long conflict as well. Also - check out the second preview from next week...

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