“The Newsroom” is back! The third and final season of the Aaron Sorkin-penned HBO drama premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. EST. Fans have been anxiously awaiting the last six episodes of the series, but with Season 3 picking up almost six months after the events in the Season 2 finale, they might need a little refresher.
The Season 2 finale, “Election Night, Part II,” picked up on, well, election night in 2012. The ACN team was busy trying to report on the big night while dealing with the aftermath of the Genoa controversy.
As the night began, Will (Jeff Daniels), MacKenzie (Emily Mortimer) and Charlie (Sam Waterston) decided to forgo reporting the breaking David Petraeus affair story in favor of a controversial congressman’s comments on rape, believing the latter story was more important information for viewers on election night.
While everyone was busy at work, Jim (John Gallagher Jr.) Skyped with his new girlfriend from the campaign trail, Hallie (Grace Gummer). When the new couple was interrupted by Maggie (Alison Pill) fetching Jim for a meeting, Hallie let Jim know that she thought it looked like Maggie cut her own hair, which would be an alarming sign. He tried to confront Maggie about it, but she was not having it, claiming she was not tough like the rest of the team. Where would Jim go for help?
On another floor of the building, Lisa (Kelen Coleman) was working, catering a company party. After Charlie bumped into her and spilled champagne, resulting in a photograph of the clumsy encounter getting tweeted, Jim went to talk to her. After making some hesitant peace with each other about their own relationship, Jim suggested Lisa talk to Maggie, realizing she did not know about what happened to her in Uganda.
Meanwhile, back in the newsroom, Will and MacKenzie were turning the election broadcast over to Don (Thomas Sadoski), Elliot (David Harbour), and Sloan (Olivia Munn) in preparation for their resignation over Genoa. They were frustrated (as well as touched), though, to find the team planned to resign with them rather than continue on without them. However, Will and MacKenzie wanted them to continue what they had started. Ultimately, after a meeting with a high Leona Lansing (Jane Fonda), Charlie decided nobody was going to resign after all.
As the stress of the night was coming to an end, Will confronted MacKenzie. Following the fighting earlier in the episode, the anchor had a change of heart. He pulled out the ring he said he showed her a few episodes back as a joke and instead proposed for real, vowing he could never stop loving her. She accepted -- to the delight of everyone in the newsroom.
Will and MacKenzie were not the only ones who got bit by the love bug in the finale. After finding out that Don had been the one bidding for her book online, Sloan marched into the control room to plant a big kiss on the producer. It looks like these two will be getting together in Season 3.
The episode ended with Maggie, who did talk to Lisa after all, glancing at the news alerts (à la Jim in the pilot) when something caught her eye, leaving fans wondering what will be ACN’s next big story?
Season 3 of “The Newsroom” will open with “Boston,” in which the ACN team attempts to restore its credibility while covering the Boston Marathon bombing. The episode premieres on HBO Sunday at 9 p.m. EST.
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