For some reason I was reminded of an old pop song by The Sundays, Here's Where The Story Ends. Something about a "terrible year" and "I synically ... say SURPRISE SURPRISE SURPRISE." Too many poor attempts at surprises the last couple of seasons.
I gave it 7 though as always with the past couple of seasons or so the more I think about it the worse the rating would get if I waited longer. When thinking about the show as a whole I never considered not watching it like other shows I've enjoyed but drifted away from. So, though I've been disappointed in the last couple of seasons execution writing I'd give the series an 8.5.