SPOILER ALERT: This message contains details about tonight's events. A million little things Season 1 finale
"We did everything we could to minimize it and make sure it was genuine," he says. A million little things DJ Nash, creator, talks about the role that the terrible events of September 11, 2001 played in the finale of season 1 of the ABC series tonight.
During the episode "Goodbye", very well built and enlightened, we learned much more about the true identity of the illusory Barbara Nelson and Mrs. Nelson, of Drea de Matteo, coming out of the shadow of the past. We also deepened the events that shaped the inner turmoil that Jon Dixon (Ron Livingston) kept secret in the years leading up to his suicide at the beginning of the series.
Jon was supposed to be on board American Airlines Flight 11 from Logan Airport on the morning of September, 18 years ago. The Livingston character missed the fatal flight because of a last-minute race. But his former classmate, Dave, was on board and perished when the plane crashed into the World Trade Center shortly thereafter.
Barbara Morgan had no relationship with Jon, but was Dave's wife and she was pregnant when he was killed. It's a pregnancy that saw her raising her son with Mitch's Rhys Coiro, with the boy represented by Chandler Riggs never knowing who his real father was.
Of course, this being AMLT, there were revelations of all kinds to be had on the final written by Nash with friends and family, old and new, like PJ, recently introduced by Riggs.
The revelations were certainly facing the end of the thorny episode tonight when Eddie Saville, played by David Giuntoli, sat down with Katherine Kim of Grace Park and said, "I promise you, more than lies, so I have to tell you something. "If Eddie will reveal to Grace that he is the baby's father that Jon's widow, Delilah (Stephanie Szostak) is giving birth, AMLT took a traditional Big 4 cliffhanger approach on Thursday. At the same time, the series that began with the burning pain of suicide remained faithful to the harsh truths that are rarely seen on network television and fueled its first year.
With this in mind, Nash spoke of the season 1 finale and the decision to link it to the terrors and loss of September 11th. In addition, the EP unveiled the potential revelation of this conversation between Peter and Park, a couple far removed from Giuntoli, where the Boston series will take place in Season 2 of the network's third most-recently-awarded show. Nash also revealed how A million little things has evolved in a very significant way for him.
DEADLINE: Why did you decide to tie the show to terror and the loss of September 11th for tonight's finale?
NASH: I do not expect everyone to think we did it right, but that's part of our story. Having lived in Boston and lived in New York, that's part of our story. It's been 18 years and I do not want people to forget.
I think when I had to tell this story and Jon lost a friend, I knew people would have lost people that they like in these buildings. I did not want to give the impression that we were trying to make something happen. In the pilot project, this family loses its innocence, but his father cost him his life, her husband took his life, his friend took his life. On September 11, I think we are a country that has lost our innocence.
I talked about it with my writers, I talked about it with the actors, with my director, with my producers. I've talked about it with the standards and practices of the network, which you generally consider to be a group of people who force you to not say blunt words, about what is appropriate.
DEADLINE: And how was it achieved?
NASH: We decided to minimize it. Never say September 11, but we show it on a newspaper, the real front of the Boston Globe. We say Vol 11, we ask Barbara to say it. We went to Logan Airport, we asked a photographer to take a picture of the door. We did everything we could to minimize it and make sure it was genuine.
Throughout the season, I covered topics such as depression, suicide and cancer, the most important thing for me was to make them feel that they are authentic. While I tell fictitious stories on our show, there are people watching who have experienced these things. I'm not trying to tell everyone's story, but I want to be true to what someone might be experiencing.
DEADLINE: Did you have the impression, during the final editing, that you achieved this goal?
NASH: There is someone at ABC, who worked with our show all season, who lost a friend on 9/11. She approached me to tell me how she felt moved and felt that we had done things right.
DEADLINE: Was that how you wanted to finish this season from the beginning?
NASH: The first time I sent the script to the network to read it when it was a pilot, one of the very smart notes I had was, "Is there a way to to mention Jon again at the end of the pilot project? Thinking in different ways, we landed, among other things, so that Rome (Romany Malco) plays the video of Jon in the elevator and that the voice of Jon is the voice off of the last act of the pilot. I also thought maybe the gang could get caught in O'Hare's seventh game. And if, while we tell this story, we discover that the four of them missed a flight before and that it was the flight 11?
I talked to my other producer about it, but we both thought it would surpass the entire pilot project. So, I put it in my pocket and I did not do anything with it.
DEADLINE: So how did he get out?
NASH: On the first day with the writers, while I met them and told them everything I knew about the show, one of the questions I was asking myself was, "What broke Jon?" ". So, I told them the story of where he was supposed to be on the flight and did not do it. I also spoke to our consultant, with whom I work very closely and who helped us in the Rome depression and Jon's suicide. She said it was quite consistent, the idea of the survivor's guilt and the way he had known Barbara and became a real stove that he could not touch.
DEADLINE: Is September 11th the answer to Jon's suicide, the survivor's guilt?
NASH: It's very important for me and the writers to let the public know that even though we've followed the mystery of season 1 and why Jon did that, that's not the answer. It's the day he broke, because it's a pile of stones stacked on top of each other. So, I do not want the public to leave the season feeling that this is the reason why Jon did it, because he did the flying and he lost somebody. I think a lot of people who did not fly that day had very different results.
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DEADLINE: Speaking of different results, this conversation between Katherine and Eddie in the last minutes was not the one where I saw this happen after all you packed in the final and this season, why did you go there ?
NASH: Grace Park is such an incredible actor and I loved this season when we put her in impossible situations. So, I knew that I wanted to finish the season by putting it in another impossible situation.
NASH: Our program lives in these cards where, where you think you think you know a person or a situation, we return it. In the pilot, you think that Rome is going to commit suicide, but Jon does it. Or that Eddie has an affair with the guitar student's mother, but it's actually Dalila. In the same way, we started the season with Katherine and how you think she controls so much. But very quickly in the season we returned the map and we see its share of things like this working mother trying to succeed in both worlds and we are looking for her.
DEADLINE: But is not this a reversal too far?
NASH: OK, Eddie is anything but home, and they are determined to try to make it work. But before Eddie can get into this house, he knows that their success in the past two months is due to the fact that they have been honest to each other. So, he realizes that before entering this house, he must be truthful. And the problem is that what he tells him is a thing of the past. It's not like he's just put a pregnant woman. So there is an impossible situation in which we put Katherine.
NASH: Is not she going to give this thing the try she was going to do because of things that happened before? Because all he did was be honest. So, I like the way we leave that.
Thanks Ron Livingston, @mistergiuntoli, Grace Park, @allisonemiller, @christinamoses, @ JamesRoday, @TeamRomany, @stephshortstakTristan Byon @greene_lizzy, @OfficialChanceH. You are all amazing in front of and behind the camera. Thank you for making a beautiful writing. #amillionlittlethings
– DJ Nash (@heydjnash) March 1, 2019
DEADLINE: So, in a final of secrets and riches, so to speak, where does he go in season 2?
NASH: I will say this, the morning we filmed this scene for the finale, I went to see the actors and gave them the rest of the stage …
DEADLINE: You mean where does this happen in season 2?
NASH: Yes, I said I had not shown this to the network yet, but we are going to shoot the whole thing because we are here.
So we filmed the rest of the scene.
I will say, the two of them are fantastic. As wonderful as they are individually, together, there is something so special. I'm so excited to bring this story next year and see what she's going to do and how will she manage this impossible situation?
DEADLINE: With that, and with the renewal of earlier this month, how A million little things changed for you during his first season?
NASH: Well, I think the pilot was telling me a story I thought was mine. Yet, listening to other writers and more recently, as I have done in the last 24 hours, a family who lost his son to suicide and a woman who lost her best friend on 9/11 I think I started thinking that I was telling my story. What I 've understood is that we tell our story and that there is something universal about it.
What has been so gratifying for me is to learn how viewers and all those who invest in the series feel that a part of themselves is perceived.