While I never watched the finale, I did try Predacons Rising. I couldn't honestly finish it and fast-forwarded through a lot. Sure would be egg on Prime's face if Megatron was lying and/or had another change of heart and went back to being a geonocidal murderer again. I mean, don't get me wrong, I am a strong advocate for idealistic heroes and doing what's right even when it's not convenient. I don't like my superheroes to murder, and I like to think everyone no matter how bad deserves basic human decency because it is what makes us and the heroes just. I don't like fighting fire with fire and using the excuse that because they're bad, they deserve executon and torture and having their spark ripped out etc. However, that doesn't mean they shouldn't be punished. I'm also an advocate for justice and heroes who defeat evil, not obliterate it. Megatron is a monster. I don't care if he learned what it's like to be truely oppressed, he is responsible for the loss of a whole planet. Statistics fail to encompass the horrors he's gleefully committed, and getting away without so much as a slap on the wrist is an afront to the species. He deserves punishment. Incarcerate him. You don't have to destroy him, but he cannot simply go free. I just imagine all the millions of death and desecrated lookign down from the Allspark and saying "Oh, well how nice for him. He was a puppet for an afternoon and know thinks he knows true suffering. Sure, he deserves to go free." And then they all collectively spit ghost gobs at him. I feel like this was a knee-jerk reaction to the TF movies where Optimus has been characterized as a tremendously unstable person fixated on utter annihiliation of anyone who crosses him. But in being reactionary and choosing the simplified route, they completely dumbed down the story to a farcically soppy extreme. They did this in IDW as well, Megs going good and denouncing Decepticons. And it was pretty stupid and poorly handled but the circumstances were far better, with Megatron effectively conning his freedom rather than being gifted it. And not everybody in-story liked it. (in fact almost nobody did, even his crewmembers) Here it's just... in-universe, it feels disrespectful and negligent. In real life it feels simplified and pandering to an audience they don't feel is deserving or smart enough to see the nuance and grey areas of these issues. They chose the cartoonish opposite rather than the stable middle-ground. They just threw up their hands and said "everyone gets a happy ending!" Should everyone deserve a second chance? Sure, I like to think so. Should everyone be held accountable for their actions? Absolutely. That's why we put criminals in prison. There is a middle ground between obliterating them and a pat on the back and a free pass.