W Network’s “Nashville” had its big send-off Thursday night with its series finale.
The show ended its six-season run with a finale that saw good things come to nearly every character, plus the big return of form series star Connie Britton in a flashback to her character Rayna’s wedding night.
Series creator Callie Khouri spoke to Deadline about the final finale and recalled shooting the big scene with almost the entire cast on stage together.
“It was a perfect ending to the whole experience, it was like getting to relive the entire show in one day,” she said.
On bringing Britton back to take part in the finale, Khouri said it couldn’t have been any other way.
“She literally had one day that she could do it. So we just moved everything around in the schedule to make that happen, because it was too important,” she said. “I was so sure that to finish the show without her would leave on such a wrong note, that it was just impossible.”
Speaking to TV Line, Britton said she was actually reluctant at first to return for the finale.
“I’ll admit: When they first called me to do it, I was a little against it,” she said. “Because I thought, ‘Rayna’s gone. And I don’t like the idea of having her come back as a ghost.”
“Then [Khouri] told me about the last moment on the Ryman stage, and I loved the idea of that. So we made it happen,” Britton continued.
As for what returning to her character was like, Britton said it “felt just like picking up right where we’d left off. It just all came back.”
“Nashville” showrunner Mashall Herskovitz talked to Entertainment Weekly about the decision to have Britton come back in a flashback, which he described as a “vision”.
“It was connecting directly to the audience and saying thank you and we’re grateful that we’ve been able to share these years with you,” he said. “It just seemed like that was the most respectful way to do it.”
Khouri also teased that she has an “idea” for a possible “Nashville” spin-off.
“Personally, I’m ready to go with ‘Nashville 2.0’,” she revealed. “I think we have great characters that we could pick it up with, we’ll just see if anybody wants to make it.”