The second season of The Newsroom ended this evening with a satisfying conclusion after a tumultuous storyline unfolded over the past 9 weeks. When taken as a "present-time" storyline, the season only took place over the course of a week, specifically the days leading up to the 2012 Presidential Election. However, the season was told mostly through flashback as the cast members answered questions from a panel of lawyers regarding a lawsuit against ACN, the fictional news station in which The Newsroom takes place.
Within the basic premise of a cable news station working to put out a quality show each night, the show has been heavily driven by the personal relationships between its characters, several of which had major breakthroughs during the finale. (Spoiler alert: major plot points to be discussed going forward)
There could be no bigger moment on the show than Will's spontaneous proposal to McKenzie. By finally realizing that other than her one mistake in cheating on Will with her ex-boyfriend, she did everything right, he is finally able to look past his anger to realize what the audience has known since the pilot: he's still in love with her and they belong together. A collective cheer from fans could be figuratively heard across the country for that moment.
Sadly, this moment slightly overshadowed another big relationship reveal when Sloane and Don kiss for the first time. It's been hinted at since late last season that there were mutual feelings there, but between Don's insecurities that he's not good enough for Sloane, and her own insecurities that she doesn't deserve someone like Don, audiences were starting to wonder if they'd ever make it work.
Finally, Jim and Maggie reached a happy medium of not being together as a couple, but reaffirming their role as friends when Jim finally sees how bad of shape that Maggie is in after her trip to Uganda. The whole Maggie hating Jim storyline was a bit painful, so it's nice to see that it won't be around for the 3rd season.
While the core cast has been nothing short of fantastic this season, it has been hard to decide whether Marcia Gay Harden or Jane Fonda wins for best supporting character. Both women have turned in stellar, strong, funny and spot on performances. The season is worth the time invested to watch it if only to see Fonda pretend to be high in two episodes.
It's been a great ride and it's hard to watch it go, but thankfully, a third season has been announced and fans have something to look forward to. Predictions include a wedding for Will and Mac that gets interrupted by breaking news (maybe Sandy Hook or the Boston Marathon bombing?), a return to normalcy for Maggie that brings back the love triangle for her and Jim, or who knows what else.