NATALIE MOONEY
GUEST WRITER
Mooneynr@plu.edu

Television shows are wrapping up for winter, leaving fans wanting more and patiently awaiting their returns in the spring.

Grey’s Anatomy:

Nov. 19, “Grey’s Anatomy” had its winter finale with one of the season’s most intense episodes. Relationships are tested, as nothing short of drama ensues. It’s uncovered that the newly hired Riggs previously knew Owen, which held the majority of the spectacle for the episode.12009815_10156233883115647_7496039960648938650_n

Many expected the show to decline in content and lose viewers after the tragic death of Derek Shepard, but Season 12 has held up to the expectations the show has always had. Viewers were left with not just one, but three cliffhangers for this winter finale.

Fans now have to wait to see what happens with Jo and Alex’s relationship, where April and Jackson’s love will go and what will take place between Riggs and Owen.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” HBO’s comedy-news show, will not return until February. The British comedian’s current events talk show became very popular amongst young audiences this year because of his hilarious wit and utter straightforwardness.

College-age viewers tend to agree with his ideas and find the show enjoyable, yet informative, because of it. Oliver focuses on controversial topics and brings current events to viewers in a Jon Stewart format. Not to worry. Two seasons consisting of 35 episodes are promised to viewers for the upcoming years. With the success the show has had so far, the next seasons shouldn’t disappoint.

The Walking Dead:

“The Walking Dead” was one of the most awaited mid-season finales on television. Six seasons in, the show has been wildly successful and has sparked fan conversation all over social media. Fans were anticipating what dramatic twist would happen next, and they were not let down when it came to drama.

Fans took to social media to voice their opinions and those opinions differed from “love it” to “hate it,” giving this finale very mixed reviews. This episode has recieved more criticism than any other episode this season, earning only a 29 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Viewers have given the show such high expectations, and it’s sometimes hard to live up to them. Hopefully fans will be pleased with what is to come after the winter break.

Dancing with the Stars:

“Dancing with the Stars” ended Season 21 with an emotional win for Bindi Irwin and her partner, Derek Hough. The 17-year-old Australian daughter of Steve Irwin took home the mirror ball trophy after a very emotional season of honoring and remembering her dad in multiple dances.

The young star captured the hearts of viewers through passion and excitement, and it was no surprise that she would take home first prize. This was also Hough’s sixth win, giving him the most wins as a professional on DWTS. Coupled in the final three were Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys with his partner Sharna Burgess and Alek Skarlatos, a Legion of Honor recipient and soldier, and his partner Lindsay Arnold. DWTS will return for Season 22, along with judge Len Goodman, who took a hiatus for a season. ◼︎

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