I am profoundly sad that the Newsroom is over. It’s like an era that has come to an end … the show will always have a special place in my heart. Beware of Spoilers for the Series Finale right ahead!
The video above pretty much sumarises all my thoughts about the finale. “What Kind of Day Has It Been” has been used for many a series finale by Aaron Sorkin and it fit this episode as much as any other. We reminisce about how it all started and how we got to the place we are today. I love the idealism of quality journalism, the need to inform the people and the heart and wit of every single character … just everything that the Newsroom stands for. I am going to miss it so very much!
But let’s look at it one last time:
- This last episode was really an ode to Charlie’s character. We start at his funeral and begin to see that he was the one bringing the entire team together, keeping them together and fighting for them until the end. I love that we got to see that he wasn’t just a great co-worker and boss, but also a real family man.
- Don and Sloan – I’ve grown to love them even more during the course of this series. They thought they were partially responsible for Charlie’s death, which was really heartbreaking to watch, when Charlie was in reality still counting on them to fight him. In the end, Don gets offered the position of Executive Producer of Newsnight, but refuses in order to stay EP for 10 o’clock with Sloan – they are on to something (good) there!
- Neal comes back! Finally, he can set foot on American soil again without having to fear getting arrested and the first thing he does is scold the new guys from digital for ruining his effort of building a website with integrity. I was just so happy to see Dev Patel again. His storyline was really interesting and it’s a shame he wasn’t actually more part of it.
- Maggie and Jim are finally (!!!) dating. After three years of ups and downs they are together now, but in that very moment they are about to become a couple, Maggie gets a job offer as Field Producer in Washington DC. Since Jim recommended her for the job, she fears that this means the end of their relationship, but he just truly thinks that she’s most suitable for the job. After he becomes Executive Producer of Newsnight, he offers her the job of Senior Producer, but she refuses. Instead she wants to try her luck in DC. For the first time in his life, Jim is willing to go the distance, because he loves Maggie and says that so very casually after three days of dating, that she can’t feel anything other than surprise. You have to love them!
- Will was supposed to give a eulogy at Charlie’s funeral, but he couldn’t actually do it until much later. He also promises Charlie’s grandsons to be there for them. Additionally, he finds out that MacKenzie is pregnant, which spreads like wildfire after he accidentally spills the news to some co-workers. Also, after Lucas Pruit has some serious PR issues, he makes Mac (with some little help of Leona) the new Director of the News Division and therefore Charlie’s successor. I’m glad everything’s working out for the two of them.
- As cheesy as it was, I loved the little musical performance of the guys, when they played “How I Got to Memphis” in the garage.
What were your favourite parts of the Series finale as well as the show as a whole? Did you enjoy it or was the Newsroom something that just wasn’t your thing?