Preview: The Newsroom Season Finale, “The Greater Fool”

newsroom-jeff-daniels_510-300x170With nine episodes in the books, the season finale of The Newsroom will air on Sunday night at 10pm. Whether you’ve seen every episode, or been tuning in and out all season long, HBO’s official promo for the final episode, “The Greater Fools”, should have every viewer excited to see how the season will end. It’s no secret that The Newsroom received quite a lot of negative press for the first half of Season One. In fact, I was fairly critical of the show early on myself. Even though I still feel that the series needs major improvement in certain areas, I can’t deny that it has undoubtedly picked up steam and should make for an extremely thrilling season finale. The official trailer released by HBO gives a hint as to what viewers can expect to see in the last episode, and I have to say that it looks like quite the dramatic ending that this show desperately needs.

In the trailer, Mackenzie finds Will in a state of disarray; Don makes a desperate move; the gossip columnists’ return; Jim runs down the street; and Leona Lansing finally gets her revenge. What does this all mean? Well, it means that there are five very good reasons that the season finale of The Newsroom will be one to watch:

A Conclusion to the Maggie-Don-Jim-Lisa Love Circle

Newsroom-Maggie-300x209Most of my criticism from Season One has resulted from the outrageously detailed problems within Don and Maggie’s relationship. Throwing Jim and Lisa into the mix didn’t help much either and these issues have been brought up over and over again since the very first episode – often with no progress in the storyline whatsoever. That being said, I have to admit that I am actually interested to see what happens in the finale. The show has spent an enormous amount of time building up this love circle and, at this point, it almost seems destined to have a big impact on future episodes.

Charizma Makes a Move

Well, we just might find out who has been trying to kill Will in the Season Finale. The opening scene in the promo trailer shows Mackenzie searching for Will in his apartment, only to find him lying on the floor with what appears to be blood on the carpet. Was this an attempted hit by the internet troller Charizma? It certainly seems likely considering how last episode ended. The show has been beating around the bush with this plot for a few weeks now. We’ve seen Will’s bodyguard, Leon, with him at all times but nothing ever seems to happen. In order to gain information for a story, Neal posed as the guy who threatened Will’s life and it seems to have angered Charizma enough to finally make a move resulting in Will making visit to the hospital.

Sloane May Be Leaving ACN

Olivia-Newsroom-HOT-225x300One interesting detail from the promo I noticed was that Sloane tells Don she got a job offer. Over the past few episodes she obviously hasn’t been too happy with the state of affairs at ACN, so it’s not surprising that she would want to leave. Honestly, I think Sloane is one of the more interesting characters in the show and I wish the writers would develop her story more. She’s extremely intelligent, but doesn’t know how to stand up for herself (except in small outbursts of rage). Often times, she’s pushed around and her stories are moved to less desirable spots in the News Night’s lineup. I’m curious to find out where Sloane got a job offer from and whether or not she’ll take it. It would be nice to see her character gain some momentum.

Does Will Finally Forgive Mackenzie?

There’s no evidence from the trailer to suggest that this happens, but I feel like it should. The relationship between Mac and Will is way more interesting than the love splatter between the other members of the staff; but the writers have chosen not to spend nearly as much time on it. I thought throwing Brian into the mix was a great move as it created more drama and tension between the two of them. Personally, I hope Will comes a lot closer to forgiving Mac in the final episode. Maybe then he can finally stop punishing her day in and day out with his outrageous antics. I doubt he forgives her completely in the finale, but i’m hoping he at least comes close. They show has done an excellent job showing just how much these two need each other. It’s only fitting that they bury the hatchet eventually.

Leona Lansing Gets the Last Laugh

The season finale will mark a return of the gossip columnists who Will has made enemies with throughout Season One. This time, they have a scoop that Will was high (which he was) while delivering the report that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. Leona Lansing has been looking for an excuse to get rid of Will ever since he started blasting her buddies on Capitol Hill, and now she has the means to do it. However, Charlie certainly isn’t going to go down without a fight since he has a copy of sworn testimony detailing illegal hacking committed by the Atlantic World News’ tabloid TMI. The trailer for the finale abruptly ends with Leona saying “You’re fired!” to Will. Does she end up getting her revenge against News Night? Will Charlie be able to bring down Leona and her son for illegal wiretapping? I’m anxious to find out.

Here is the preview for Episode 10, “The Greater Fool”. Leave a comment and let us know what you want to see happen in the Season Finale of The Newsroom.


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