'Madam Secretary' Season 5 Finale Spoilers: Terrorists Attack Spoils Elizabeth's Presidential Plans

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"Madam Secretary" season 5 episode 20 will air on Sunday, April 21, on the CBS Television Network. (Photo: MadamSecretary/Facebook)

Elizabeth McCord (played by Tea Leoni) is all set to leave her office in the State Department in Madam Secretary season 5 finale. However, a terrorist attack will halt her preparations but will this have a permanent effect on her decision for the future? 

Terrorists have blown up a climate migration treaty delegation of the United Nations in Geneva in Madam Secretary season 5 episode 20. Changes in her schedule have to be done so that Elizabeth can continue her duty even as she had plans to announce her desire to run for the presidency, as per the episode synopsis.

Madam Secretary season 5 episode 20 is going to be a make or break finale for Elizabeth, and the whole series as well. It will signal a big change in the series should it be given another season. 

Will Elizabeth decide to proceed with her plans to announce her candidacy as president? Or, will she be focused on helping sort out the attack in Geneva, while still trying to balance her pursuit of the Oval Office? 

Leaving the State Department, a job that Elizabeth has been very effective at isn't so easy to do given that the madam is quite passionate about her serving the people. Then she could do better and bigger things as the leader of the free world, but she's also are that she's going to go through a lot of trials before she does become president. 

But there's also the matter of Madam Secretary's real state as a series that has yet to receive a season renewal for CBS. Will the network give this show another chance and have season 6? 

According to TV Line, canceling Madam Secretary at this point might sound like a good call because the story's trajectory is veering off from its central theme. With Elizabeth setting her sights on the presidency, the show's title and main premise would no longer fit.

Madam Secretary season 5's ratings aren't also as outstanding for CBS to lean towards a renewal. It's also the lowest-rated drama series on CBS. Thus, it could be on the chopping block. 

However, there's something about a show with a female president that could be appealing to the viewers if Madam Secretary were to be given a sixth season. Not only will it give the show new life, but season 6 could be the final run where the writers could wrap up each loose ends neatly. 

CBS will likely confirm the fate of Madam Secretary after season 5 in its upfronts presentation in May. Until then, viewers will have to contend with the finale, which will air on Sunday, April 21 at 10:00 p.m. 

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