How should 'West Wing' wind down?

91433__bradley_l_1As The West Wing wends its way toward its final five episodes this spring, several alumni are returning to pay their last respects. Even Rob Lowe is coming back, as are eight others, including Mary-Louise Parker, Anna Deveare Smith, Emily Procter, Marlee Matlin, Tim Matheson, and Timothy Busfield.

Word of their return coincides with the news that Busfield and Wing regular Bradley Whitford (pictured) have been cast in Wing creator Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, his drama pilot for NBC that’s set behind the scenes on a Saturday Night Live-like comedy show.

Tell us, Wing fans, how should the final episodes play out? Should Lowe’s Sam Seaborn become the new running mate of Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits), replacing the late Leo McGarry (John Spencer)? What should happen to everyone else? And who should win the election, Santos or Arnold Vinick (Alan Alda)?

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  • Michelle Conlon

    My comments are in reference to who should win the election and I believe that it is a “no-brainer” that the winner should be Matt Santos b/c the storyline would be great. We already have a “Alan Alda” for President and that has been a disaster. My only relief w/r to this Presidency is West Wing where I can at least dream in color what a better presidency would be like. And for Rob Lowe to come back as Matt Santos’ running mate that would be classic. Thanks for asking!

  • Ned

    They should bring back William Devane as Berryhill, the secretary of state,and make him the new running mate. I would never vote for a republican in real life, but for the final episode, it should be a Vinick win, Alan Alda is such a great actor, I would love to see him sitting behind the oval office desk, and reading the traditional note left for him from Bartlet.

  • Howard

    Unfortunately, NBC (in their usual manner) has already shown us way too much in the coming attractions. When did it become policy for the Peacock to show resolutions to plotlines that have been going for several seasons in the CA’s (I won’t mention for the benefit of those who haven’t seen them)? This has been happening for years on several shows, especially as they end the run. Fox is slightly guilty of this with 24; it’s just making me more grateful to Shonda Rhines for her no-spoiler policy.
    Oh and Michelle: Ridick isn’t a bad person (and wouldn’t be a bad president) just because he’s a Republican. I know that logic works in Hollywood, but knee-jerk in either direction is a dangerous thing.
    I used to share the same view about a having a president I could respect on TV when Clinton was in office – Bartlett was a president who had morals and guts; something lacking on both counts in the Clinton White House.

  • Chad

    No, the best ending for West Wing has to involve Josh and Donna getting together. And the only way for that to happen is for Santos to lose to Vinnick, with our last scene being Josh despondent over the loss and Donna there with him to let him know that even though they lost, she’s with him for the long haul.
    Oh, and Charlie and Zoe need to get engaged.

  • Jeesica

    everyone coming back is fantastic, and i’m sure any ending would be great. my only request is that josh and donna get together. we’ve been waiting for forever and a day…let’s get this done.

  • Tim L

    Despite the fact that John Wells has slowly shifted the politics of the series to the center, it will always be a bastion of liberal progressive ideology in my mind. Something we desperetly need these days given the current administration. Having said that, I will be beyond dissapointed if Santos loses. He is the hero we have been courting since the beginning of last season. Josh deserves that chief of staff position and Sam would make the perfect running mate. Donna as Press Secretary etc. etc. I just hope Wells dosen’t eff it up as he usually does and hands us this mutated my neighbours traded spaces with me version of what was once my favourite show.

  • Caroline

    William Devane as Santos’ running mate; Donna wising up to Josh’s terminal self-love and moving on; Sam and Leo’s daughter together at Leo’s funeral; Zoe and Charlie getting engaged; Toby and his wife back together, come what may; Ellie’s baby being born in the White House with Abby delivering and the Prez pacing; in short, NO OUTCOME to the final vote, but lots of people interacting with people – that’s what made this show great.

  • Delilah

    I think the show should end with a scene of George W. and a puppet stage. The whole thing could have been an imagination of his…
    Kind of like the snowglobe-thing.

  • Amy

    Best news about West Wing ending is that Brad will be joining Studio 60.
    I’d like to see Charlie and Zoe engaged and a resolution to Toby’s legal problems. I’m in the minority regarding Amy, so I’ll be glad to see her back, though hopefully not to prevent Josh and Donna from finally getting together.

  • Kendra

    Sam Seaborn marries Ainsley. Sam becomes Santos’ running mate and they win the election. Josh and Donna marry. The perfect West Wing ending.

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  • Sie Whange

    It is a wonderful topic.Sam Seaborn marries Ainsley. Sam becomes Santos’ running mate and they win the election.
    Thanks a lot..

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