On Thursday, Oct. 15, HBO Max is presenting The West Wing reunion particular that includes practically each member of the present’s major forged studying by “Hartsfield Touchdown,” an episode from Season 3. If you happen to’re something like us, you instantly teared up upon watching the primary couple seconds of the trailer. Possibly for a number of causes.
Whereas Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, and Bradley Whitford will all be reprising their roles for the reunion particular, the a part of Leo McGarry, the White Home Chief of Employees, will likely be learn by Sterling Ok. Brown. John Spencer, who performed Leo within the present, died in 2005. Right here’s how The West Wing dealt with his loss of life.
How did ‘The West Wing’ deal with John Spencer’s loss of life?
Leo McGarry could nicely have been actor John Spencer’s most memorable function. It was additionally his final. Leo isn’t simply the White Home Chief of Employees. He’s additionally President Bartlet’s greatest buddy and a father determine to the White Home workers — particularly to White Home Deputy Chief of Employees Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford). All through the collection, he additionally turned the senior counselor to the president and the vice-presidential nominee for Matt Santos’ presidential race.
John died of a coronary heart assault on Dec. 16, 2005, only a few days earlier than his 59th birthday. On the time, he had filmed two episodes of The West Wing that have been in post-production — ”Operating Mates,” wherein Leo struggles by debate prep, and “The Chilly.” For the episodes “Election Day Half I” and “Election Day Half II,” John’s loss of life was written into the present, and Leo McGarry additionally handed away.
In Half I, Leo has gone as much as his resort room to take a nap earlier than election outcomes start to roll in. Annabeth Schott (Kristin Chenoweth) goes to wake him and finds that he has fallen unconscious. He’s rushed to the hospital because the outcomes from the election start to return in. In Half II, Josh Lyman goes to the hospital to see Leo solely to be taught that he has died. The remainder of the primary forged finds out by telephone calls and conversations. Santos (Jimmy Smits) wins the election with out his VP at his facet.
Within the present, President Bartlet (Martin Sheen), President-elect Santos, and Josh Lyman function three of the pallbearers at Leo’s funeral. Leo is buried at Arlington Nationwide Cemetery. In actual life, Kristin Chenoweth carried out “For Good” from Depraved at John’s personal funeral. His stays have been interred at Laurel Grove Memorial Park in his hometown of Totowa, N.J.
John’s absence all through the remainder of the collection was felt deeply each by his coworkers and by his many followers. As John was mourned in actual life, so too was Leo McGarry mourned on the present by the many individuals who revered him on each side of the aisle. When turning over the chief of workers workplace to the incoming Josh Lyman, C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney) admits that she by no means stopped pondering of it as Leo’s workplace all through her tenure. She then palms him a word saying “WWLD?” which means “What Would Leo Do?”
John can even undoubtedly be missed through the particular reunion of The West Wing. That being mentioned, we’re very a lot trying ahead to seeing Sterling Ok. Brown pay tribute to John and his unforgettable remaining function.