Warning: This article contains spoilers for tonight's episode of Nashville, Season 2, Episode 10 — “Tomorrow Never Comes." Click away now if you don't want to know!
The Nashville Season 2 mid-season finale (Season 2, Episode 10 — “Tomorrow Never Comes”) ended with two lives up in the air: Will Lexington and Peggy Kenter. We'll have to wait until spring to find out who survives and who dies, so until then, all we can do is cross our fingers and pray to the TV gods that Will steps out of the path of that train at the last second, because his death would be a huge shame.
Why do we hope Will hasn't met his untimely end? Here are three major reasons.
1. It's cliche. The closeted character who just can't take it anymore and takes his own life because of the pain, where have we seen that before? Oh, how about everywhere. We don't want to dismiss the difficulty and pain homophobia can cause in the real world, but at this point gay characters committing suicide has become a cliche, and a bad one, at that.
2. He has so much potential as a character. While closeted gay characters committing suicide is cliche, gay characters who keep their sexual orientation under wraps specifically to advance their career are not so common, and those that exist are normally wrapped in politics, not the arts. There are all sorts of interesting ways Will's story could go from here. How would he deal with a forced outing? Or, perhaps even better, might he decide, after almost killing himself, that keeping his sexual orientation a secret isn't worth it anymore? There haven't been many examples of country stars coming out in real life, but it could provide fertile soil for lots of music industry PR drama on Nashville, which is an area where the show often excels.
3. That voice! Hey, when there's this much singing, we hate to lose anyone who brings it week after week. Chris Carmack's voice is perfect for the kind of straightforward country rock Will excels at, and he fills a niche that none of the other regulars do.
As for Peggy? Yeah, sorry girl. You and your fake pregnancies can go.
Do you want Will to live? Let us know in the comments below.