West Wing wind-down
While I spent some of this weekend trying to emphasize the "culture" rather than the "pop" (saw the Dada exhibit at the National Gallery which I highly recommend to those of you who will be in DC before May 19) I came back to myself on Sunday night in time for the West Wing. During this week's episode we finally got the outcome of the two-season-long election (no surprise that Santos won) and, very sadly, Leo's death. I know John Spencer actually died months ago, but the episode still made me sob.
This show is definitely ending well. I never fully gave up on the West Wing, I was too invested in the characters to give it up entirely, but there were definitely some dark years. The writers have pulled it together at the end to give the characters the send-off they deserve. Donna and Josh have finally tumbled into bed, and in a believable way, and all the characters are being used in ways that don't make them feel shoe-horned in, but do allow the viewers time to say good-bye. If you ever loved the West Wing, but haven't come back for the final season, you're really missing out.
ETA: According to this article the writers of the West Wing intended to have Vinick win the election until John Spencer died.