Parks and Recreation is coming to a close

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Parks and Recreation’s last promotional poster shows Leslie Knope illuminated with “The Farewell Season” in the background. With the light, the smile, and the gaze, she seems to be looking towards her bright future.

Parks and Recreation, a comedy series shown on NBC, is sadly on its seventh and final season. The show portrays the life of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), the Regional Director of National Park Services in the fictional town of Pawnee.

The seventh season will consist of thirteen episodes, all set in 2017, continuing in the same year as the end of the season six finale.

Other than Leslie Knope, the show also includes Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt), and April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza), all colleagues of Knope. Throughout most of the show, they all worked in the Parks department, but for the final season, everyone finds what they really want to do; whether its running a building company to owning a chain of restaurants.

Viewers can see that Leslie Knope is very close to achieving what she set out to do in the first episode of the series: build a park. However, she is conflicted, because her former boss, Ron Swanson, is also fighting for the land.

The building of the park, if it ever happens, should provide closure for any avid watcher. It’s not just Knope who is close to her life goals, but most of the characters are finding what they really want to do besides work for the Parks Department.

It will be sad to see the show go, but with the way it’s heading, viewers can only hope that all the characters end up happy.

From a viewer’s perspective, it’s been quite a rollercoaster in these first episodes. To see everyone moving on and finding their places in the world, it makes me feel like a proud parent. It’s also bittersweet because by moving on from the Parks Department, the characters are moving apart from each other.

Ending the show at a good point is smart because if they keep going, eventually people will get tired of it. The producers are stopping at a point where it’s still good. Hopefully they will keep the quality up for the entire season, and it ends leaving most everyone satisfied.

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