January 22, 2006

The End.

Brace yourself TV connoisseurs of the world… The West Wing is to end. NBC have announced that Season 7 (currently showing in the United States) will be the last, ending with the election result.

Also, the death of John Spencer will be dealt with when his character dies just five days before the election, meaning he can't be taken off the ballot. But what affect will it have on the result?

Personally I'm going to be devastated when the series ends. It'd damn well be the best episode they've ever made, with a full-blown send-off for all the characters. Hey, Josh and Donna might even get together!

But at the same time, it's good that the show is ending now. A second life, with (presumably) Santos as President, just wouldn't have worked as well as the Bartlet years. The writing had become slacker, the direction slower and the freshness had just worn off. It was also becoming occasionally over-patriotic.

If you're still on UK-time, then you'll have a long wait before the end arrives. But for anyone 'acquiring' The West Wing as it comes out in the United States, you've only got 11 more episodes, so make the most of them!

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  1. Seems sensible to me, I know a lot of people think the West Wing jumped the shark after Sorkin left, and I can't really imagine a West Wing without Bartlet. Ditto Leo really, it seems like a good way to deal with John Spencer's death (RIP) in terms of continuity too.

    Wonder if they'll try to bring back key characters from the past? That would be amazing.

    22 Jan 2006, 23:50

  2. Yeh, the plots seemed to go downhill after Sorkin left leading me to not really have watched much of the past 2 series.

    It will be interesting to see if there will be an spin–offs, such as a pollitical lobbyist company run by Josh or something along those lines.

    24 Jan 2006, 04:25

  3. It's good time to end it IMO, I'd hate them just carrying it on for the sake of it.
    On the whole sorkin leaving thing=not been as good since, it's true but I don't think it's just to do with that, by the end of season four a lot of story ideas had been done and every presidents final years are something of a lame duck, especially in the setting of a hostile congress. You also couldn't have a big dramatic situation every week. Also a good tv program is one that lasts 4 years or more so I think in comparison the west wings done well to maintain a good standard throughout, if not the excellent standard of the first few years.

    24 Jan 2006, 15:01

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