The Newsroom's Happy Ending: What Does It Mean for the Show's Future?
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom | Photo Credits: Melissa Moseley/HBO
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Sunday's Season 2 finale of HBO's The Newsroom. Read at your own risk.]
Depending on who you ask, The Newsroom will be back for a third season on HBO. But you might not have guessed that from watching the show's Season 2 finale.
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The finale focused primarily on the "News Night" team reporting on the 2012 election in the shadow of the huge failure of the false Operation Genoa story. But before the episode ended, nearly every other ongoing plot thread from the season (and series) was tidily wrapped up in a seemingly happy ending.
Sloan (Olivia Munn) figures out that Don (Thomas Sadoski) bid $1,000 under a fake name for her book, which she signs for him before planting a huge kiss on him. Jim (John Gallagher Jr.) both apologizes to his ex-girlfriend Lisa (Kelen Coleman) and manages to encourage Maggie (Alison Pill) to let go of the guilt she's been carrying since the tragedy in Africa. Jim also gets the estranged roommates to talk to each other for the first time since he came between them a year ago — all without wrecking things with current squeeze Hallie (Grace Gummer).
Then there's Charlie (Sam Waterston), who spends most of the episode begging bosses Leona (Jane Fonda) and Reese (Chris Messina) to accept his and Will's resignations for the "institutional failure" that led to the Genoa story being broadcast and to Jerry Dantana (Hamish Linklater) suing ACN for wrongful termination. But after being inspired by the honorable news broadcast his team has built, Charlie refuses to quit just moments before Reese decides that ACN wouldn't settle the case or let the broadcast's stars leave.
Most significantly — and perhaps the most out of the (Tiffany & Co.) blue — Will (Jeff Daniels) realizes that he can be happy again if he forgives MacKenzie (Emily Mortimer) for cheating on him and takes responsibility for his own failings. So, he grabs the ring he bought last season to prank MacKenize, runs like a madman through the studio and pops the question.
"I didn't return [the ring] because I'm in love with you and because of, uh, will you marry me?" he says. "No matter what you say, there's no chance I am ever going to hurt you again. And no matter what you say, I'm going to be in love with you for the rest of my life. There's no way around that; that's just a physical law of the universe. You own me."
Despite his fumbling delivery, MacKenzie says yes, and they share a kiss two seasons in the making. Cue a cover of "Let My Love Open the Door" as all the characters smile at one another and the on-the-way-to-healing Maggie does her best Jim impression by clicking a yellow news alert. Even well past midnight on election night, the news goes on.
But will The Newsroom? HBO is infamous for renewing its series early, but, despite network executives' indication that they are happy with the ratings and want a third season — and despite Jeff Daniels' tweet suggesting Season 3 is a go — no official announcement has been made. The hold-up, it seems, is tied creator Aaron Sorkin's busy calendar. "We are excited about proceeding to a Season 3 and are continuing our conversations with Aaron about schedules," HBO said in a statement.
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