'Nashville' creator compares 'emotional' Season 2 finale to Season 1 finale's car crash

nashville-season-2-finale-callie-khouri.jpg If you're worried that "Nashville" will conclude this season with another ridiculous stunt like the Season 1-ending car crash, don't worry. Season 2 will end on a cliffhanger, but a very different kind.

"It's an altogether different kind of feeling," creator and executive producer Callie Khouri tells Zap2it about the Season 2 finale. "All of the cliffhangers this season will be purely emotional. There won't be any asteroids or sudden deaths or anything like that."

Khouri reveals that the decision to make the Season 2 finale more emotional than eventful like the Season 1 finale came from the fan reaction to Rayna and Deacon's car crash. "We knew that this was something we had to do to make for how ... unexpected the Season 1 finale was," Khouri says carefully. "Last season, we literally threw all the cards in the air. This season we're kind of doing the same thing, but in a much -- well, I don't want to say 'quieter' way -- more emotionally grounded way."

But Khouri still stands by and defends the way they show ended Season 1. "Last season we knew that we were leading up to Deacon finding out about Maddie, and we knew what his reaction was going to be, and we knew we were going to knock him off the wagon," Khouri says. "So when we were talking about the story, it became more and more clear that we really needed to demonstrate to everyone the kind of emotional peril that Rayna was living with back in the day. That was who he was.

"So we wanted people to really see and understand why they didn't get together in the first place and that car accident was the perfect demonstration of exactly why they didn't end up together. Everyone was finally able to see the Deacon she had to deal with all the time all those years ago and it explained why she made the decision that she did, to be with the guy who could really be a father."

Deacon has come a long way since then, and his growth and maturity gives Rayna "a completely different set of challenges" in this season's finale, Khouri says. "I think fans are really going to enjoy it. We're excited about it." 

"Nashville's" Season 2 finale airs Wednesday (May 14) at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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