After four seasons, ABC’s country music drama Nashville has aired its swan song, with gay singer Will Lexington (played by Chris Carmack) given a happy ending in the final episode.
But first Will did get a few juicy scenes, as he finally decided to confront shrill right wing harridan Cynthia Davis about her endless homophobic attacks.
Davis refuses to invite Will on her show to counter her ignorance, so he and label head Luke decide to force the issue. They plan a protest in front of Davis’ TV studio, and enlist the help of Will’s former songwriter boyfriend Kevin (Kyle Dean Massey) to help organize the LGBT troops.
Kevin is eager to assist, and when Will thanks him for taking time out of his busy schedule, Kevin replies “I’ve got a little more free time lately,” hinting that he may be single again.
The LGBT community show up with signs of support for Will and chants of derision for Cynthia Davis, but they’re quickly followed by the usual haters.
“It’s not called Gaydio” is right up there with “Adam & Steve.”
Cynthia Davis still won’t respond to the protest, so Will and Luke stage a mini-concert for the fans, drowning out the Westboro wannabes.
Davis finally relents, and offers to give Will air time. But their debate is one-sided, with the cartoonish Davis not giving Will a chance to speak, and hurtling vicious insults, starting with “I’m taking on the domestic terrorism of Will Lexington and the homosexual agenda.” It gets worse from there.
“It’s an attack, not only on religious liberty, but all the heterosexual citizens of this country. Activist lawmakers will see to it that we are found guilty of a hate crime for rejecting a lifestyle that is historically, biblically, physically, just wrong. You brainwash our youth, you pervert our laws to destroy the sanctity of marriage.”
Will has an epiphany, and in an epic takedown, forces Davis to face her fear and ignorance.
“You’re scared, aren’t you? That’s why you didn’t want me on your show, that’s why you won’t let me speak now. You don’t want your audience to see me or hear me. You know why? They might recognize me. Not as Will Lexington, the gay country singer, but as their brother, or their cousin, or their friend, or co-worker. I know people who feed on your brand of intolerance. I was raised on it myself.”
Will finishes by telling Davis “I’m a human being. I’m a good man, a good son. There’s nothing to be scared of here.”
After Davis is finally silenced, Will and Luke head to the celebration outside, where Will musters up more courage, and asks Kevin if they can start over. Kevin agrees, and to the cheers of the crowd, they seal their rekindled romance with a kiss.
So unless another network picks up a fifth season (and that’s looking unlikely), that’s the end of Will Lexington’s story. It was at times frustrating watching Will spin his wheels as he careened in and out of the closet, but Chris Carmack was always wonderful in the role, bringing sincerity and warmth to a challenging character.
Carmack tweeted out this final note to the fans.
Proud and honored to play Will. https://t.co/US82uxxU7O
— Chris Carmack (@RealCarmack) May 26, 2016
Kyle Dean Massey also shared his thanks.
— Kyle Dean Massey (@kyledeanmassey) May 26, 2016