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The Newsroom Preview: “Oh Shenandoah” [VIDEO] 

The Newsroom Preview: “Oh Shenandoah” [VIDEO]
Photo Credit: HBO/Karen Ballard


Warning: MAJOR Spoilers and Speculation Ahead

It’s hard to believe there is only ONE episode left until the series finale. It seems like there’s a lot of story left to tell. When it is all said and done, will viewers and fans of the show be satisfied with the final outcome? I’m not sure; however, I AM SURE, that I’ll be glued to my TV until the final credits roll.

Recapping last week’s episode -“Contempt” – Mackenzie met with Lilly (the ALLEGED source) and begged her not to dump the documents before she could run the story. Reese pulled the plug on it when Lucas Pruit inked the deal. Mackenzie sent the classified documents to another media outlet. Hallie and Jim called it quits. Maggie and her boyfriend had a disagreement over her feelings for Jim. Don and Sloan caught a break from the HR guy. Will refused to give up his source. The judge found him in contempt of court.

Photo Credit: HBO/Melissa Moseley

Will and Mackenzie moved up their wedding. The two got married at city hall. Will was handcuffed and taken away.

Here’s what the HBO synopsis reveals about tonight’s episode, “Oh Shenandoah”:

Incarcerated for contempt, Will refuses to reveal the name of Neal’s government source. Appearing to embrace Pruit’s mandate to capture younger viewers, Charlie orders a reluctant Don to track down principals in a sexual-abuse case at an elite college. Sloan voices her objection to a new digital site built by Neal’s replacement, Bree (Jon Bass). Stranded in a Moscow airport, Jim and Maggie look to land seats for a Cuban-bound plane, hoping to interview one of its high-profile passengers.

Here’s a sneak peek of “Oh Shenandoah”:

Based on the clip, Charlie seems to be at his wits end. Is all of the change too much for him? Is Charlie considering retirement? Maybe that’s what Don is asking him about. It looks like Mac might be in trouble for handing over the documents. Could Maggie and Jim be chasing after Edward Snowden? Here’s something else to think about – will Jim and Maggie finally hookup? I hope so. What about Will? He’s still in jail, but for how long?

Photo Credit: HBO/Karen Ballard
Photo Credit: HBO/Karen Ballard

Looking ahead to the series finale, “ What Kind of Day Has It Been” – According to the HBO synopsis, A sudden death leads Will and Mac to ponder the milestones that transformed the newsroom, and look ahead towards ACN’s uncertain future. Maggie lands a field-producer interview in Washington; Neal’s digital site is shut down for repairs; Leona offers sage advice to Pruit.

We know that someone is going to die. I have a few theories.

Photo Credit: HBO/Melissa Moseley

A. Charlie Skinner – Will and Mac would be devastated if they lost their long time, mentor, co-worker and friend. Charlie has been extremely stressed this season and he’s having a hard time dealing with all of the changes at ACN.

Plus, I conducted my own research. I went to IMDB for some clues.

Read the credits carefully – Charlie’s wife and daughter make an appearance in the series finale, along with a few mourners. I don’t remember ever seeing Charlie’s wife and daughter before; therefore, I think it will be Charlie. If it is, can I just give props to Sam Waterston in advance? His performances have been outstanding since the very first episode.

Photo Credit: HBO

B. Neal Sampat – We haven’t seen Neal. In the HBO synopsis, his computer is being shut down for repairs. Will and Mac would have a lot to ponder if something happened to Neal. Don’t forget, Will gave him his personal credit card to purchase that special computer – you know – the one Neal needed to download the classified documents, which lead to all of this trouble.

Photo Credit: HBO

C. Jim Harper – I hope it is not Jim, but if it is, I will need a box of Kleenex – maybe two. I’m hoping for a Maggie and Jim reunion, but they are going on a rather dangerous adventure tonight. We know from the final synopsis that Maggie lands a job interview, but Jim’s name isn’t mentioned in it. Please don’t let it be Jim.

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D. Will McAvoy – Go with me on this – if you dare! It’s crazy or is it? His name is in the synopsis, but what if he’s talking to Mac from the great beyond? I haven’t lost my mind! There have been many unsettling endings to TV series over the years. Think about how The Sopranos ended – the screen went to black. With that being said, I sincerely hope that Aaron Sorkin gives us a satisfying ending. It’s been a phenomenal ride.

Who do you think will die in the last episode? I’d like to hear from you. Please leave a comment.

The final season of The Newsroom airs at 9/8c on HBO.

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  1. Joshua M. Patton

    HBO Confirmed the speculation when they aired the wrong promo tonight. They showed the series finale promo and it seems that Charlie is indeed a goner. I just hope that he gets hit by a car or dies some way other than heart attack….

    1. Lisa

      Hi Joshua! Thanks for reading The Newsroom preview here on TVGOODNESS. SPOILER ALERT for anyone who didn’t see the episode. It turns out that Charlie died of a heart attack. I figured it would be Charlie. I also assumed that he would go down from either a stroke or a heart attack. Too much stress. I thought the episode was great! I watched it several times. What did you think of the episode?

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