Warning: The following contains spoilers for Sunday’s Zoey’s Remarkable Playlist finale. Proceed at your have chance!
Zoey’s Remarkable Playlist wrapped up its freshman season on Sunday with a finale that became very immense on tears and plump of song that went on… and on… and on. In actual fact, the episode’s final act became a seven-minute musical amount shot in a single true catch because the camera weaved by contrivance of Mitch’s wake. The spectacular “American Pie” performance, that consists of the demonstrate’s entire solid, capped an emotional season ender, in which Zoey stated a heartbreaking goodbye to her father… and potentially opened her coronary heart to BFF Max, whom she lastly kissed.
Below, showrunner Austin Winsberg breaks down the making of the musical oner and teases how Zoey’s danger will complicate her relationships with each and every Max and Simon.
TVLINE | There were a chance of in actuality poignant musical numbers, particularly merely referring to the storyline with Mitch. What were you shopping for in the tune choices for this episode?
First and significant, I didn’t desire all of it to be so unhappy that folks felt relish we were bludgeoning them or hitting them attractive over the head. [Laughs] There were some concerns along the perfect contrivance that if we had too many unhappy songs and too many numbers in a row that felt in actuality, in actuality depressing that it became gonna changed into one-stamp or gonna feel relish torture porn or something.
When my father handed away, a hospice employee came to our home at four o’clock in the afternoon and stated, “Your dad is going to die nowadays,” after which left. We were left to our have devices to figure out what to achieve. The subsequent eight hours in my home were spent with mates and members of the family and other folks coming over to extra or much less deliver their final goodbyes. At the start, I had imagined this final episode because the entire episode taking characteristic on the vigil before [Mitch] died. As we were breaking it, it became just correct relentlessly unhappy, and it became attractive to originate the episode feel either active or additionally an episode that felt relish the the rest of our demonstrate, and I nonetheless wanted it to feel relish our demonstrate. So after we bought a long way from that thought a little, I stumbled on, with any luck, a steadiness where I would per chance perchance well nonetheless demonstrate among the lightness and lift by contrivance of with the care for triangle and stuff with Joan and different aspects of the legend, and make some comedy and levity in the demonstrate, after which extra or much less relegate the sadder parts of it to the second half of the episode.
TVLINE | The amount additionally ends on this very poignant and extra or much less different stamp with Zoey singing acapella by herself. Why did you settle to entire the finale on that second?
This demonstrate is about Zoey, and I desired to be with her, by myself, for that final part of it. I at all times relish any replacement for Zoey to stammer, and due to we’re in a extra non-literal characteristic there, I felt relish we’re just correct style of experiencing what she’s feeling, and I in actuality wanted the season to entire on the lyric, “The day the song died.” It felt poignant to me that that would per chance perchance well smartly be coming from her, and additionally to snatch that we’re on this accelerate with her. After we pull reduction on this family on the high, it’s additionally extra or much less relish a look for into Season 2 and what’s subsequent, due to how does this team of those that’ve had this most smartly-liked one which’s intended so distinguished to them, how attain they switch on? And what does life look for relish when tragedy strikes, after a trauma in a family? To be able to extra or much less walk away all of them by myself in the room, particularly on the couch, with that vacant home on the couch, which became the home where he sat so distinguished of the season… I just correct endure in mind there became a in actuality particular home on the couch where my dad at all times became. The second when he became now no longer there, and but that couch became nonetheless there, became so resonant for me and became such a in actuality highly effective describe for me that I just correct desired to extra or much less are residing in that and be with Zoey for the high of that.