Hold onto these celebratory cigars: A Million Small Factors‘ Season 1 finale delivers up quite a few developments for the Mates of Jon, but a new infant is not one particular of them.

A Million Little Things Finale Recap Season 1 Episode 17 GoodbyeWhich is not to say that Delilah does not go into labor for the duration of the hour — her water breaks, and her labor coach/bestie Regina is proper there to aid her by way of. But the episode goes to black just before we see the kid come into the globe. On a associated note: Even even though Rome comes to the selection more than the hour that he does want youngsters, his wife tends to make it completely clear as they arrive at the hospital that she nonetheless does not. Ouch.

Where’s the proud ashamed papa-to-be Eddie for the duration of all of this, you wonder? Just after rekindling a spark with Katherine and deciding not to go by way of with their divorce, he realizes that he and Theo’s mom can’t restart their marriage with any secrets or lies involving them. So a quite grave-hunting Eddie reiterates that he desires to come household, but “there’s anything I want to inform you.” He’s got to be speaking about fathering Delilah’s baby… proper? (Extra on that in a moment.)

Elsewhere, Maggie’s medical doctor tells her that her cancer is gone, news that sparks tears for Gary and a bout of maniacal laughing for Mags. Later, as she moves into Gary’s spot, Maggie notes that his want to take care of absolutely everyone parallel’s Jon’s, and then accompanies him to Jon’s grave for the goodbye the two mates in no way got.

A Million Little Things Finale Recap Season 1 Episode 17 GoodbyeWhich brings us to Jon. Earlier in the finale, Delilah is prepared to let the complete Barbara Morgan mystery go, but Sophie says the new infant could possibly want answers someday. So Delilah returns to the home she and Gary earlier visited, and it turns out that the lady who we believed was Barbara really is Barbara. She reveals that she dated Jon’s roommate, Dave, and then shows Delilah the video Jon sent her the day he died. In between that sad message and a flashback, we discover that Jon and Dave each had tickets for American Airlines Flight 11 leaving Boston’s Logan Airport on Sept. 11, 2001, but that Jon just missed the flight due to the fact he ran to an airport shop for some wine. That flight, of course, was one particular of two that terrorists utilized to take down the Planet Trade Center towers.

Jon’s survivor’s guilt only grew in the time just after the attacks, and he stopped speaking to Barbara just after mastering that she was pregnant and was organizing to wed a firefighter she met just after Dave’s death. Delilah in no way knew any of this we see a flashback to when she and Jon met, coincidentally at Logan, just moments just after he’d yelled at Barbara for moving on as well quickly. When Delilah tells her mates what she’s discovered, Maggie points out that it was most likely the totality of Jon’s difficulties — which includes his economic difficulties and his guilt/grief more than Dave — that led him to select to finish his life.

Oh, and one particular extra factor? PJ, the teen we met at the hospital final episode, is Barbara’s son that Mitch (her angry husband) raised as his personal. But we have a fairly excellent feeling the story does not finish there. Study on for series creator DJ Nash’s thoughts on the finale and what it implies for Season two.

TVLINE | I have to inform you, I fell for your trickery. When you and I spoke just after the fall finale, you mentioned that we’d say goodbye to a member of the cast just before the finish of the season. So I spent this whole episode worried that Maggie was going to die. But then I realized you have been almost certainly speaking about Ashley, who’s currently gone to Spain. Is that proper?
The conversation you and I had brought on an on the web frenzy. Quite a few study [into it] what you did. I was speaking about Ashley, and I feel when we talked, it was just before [Episode] 13 had aired. So I was factually right. I would in no way lie to the fans. I would in no way lie in common. And then they took your post — you should really know, it made a s–tstorm. It was extraordinary.

A Million Little Things Finale Recap Season 1 Episode 17 GoodbyeTVLINE | I’m sorry.
People today just have been so certain that [Maggie] was going to pass, and you know what it speaks to? It speaks to the truth that almost certainly every single single particular person lost an individual to cancer, and you want you could rewrite that ending… Maggie is primarily based on my aunt who I did shed, and I got to rewrite that ending.

There are shows like Game of Thrones, and there’s shows like Property of Cards that make you feel that even if an individual is an critical series frequent, you could shed them. But I will say Allison [Miller] and James [Roday], there’s no way I was going to do that proper from the starting. I knew I struck gold. I wasn’t going to give up my gold.

TVLINE | The episode tends to make a point that there are motives, plural, behind Jon’s suicide — not one particular smoking gun of an answer. Speak to me about why it was critical to incorporate that discussion.
There’s a writer in our area this year who lost her brother, and it could have been to suicide or it could have been an accident, and to this day, she does not know. And so that component of it we definitely wanted to capture and make certain that even even though we have been telling a story of “This is almost certainly the day he broke,” this wasn’t the final straw. Was the final straw Eddie and Delilah? Was the final straw the buildings? Was the final straw the feeling that he didn’t really feel like he deserved to reside any longer? We just will not know that straw.

…Every one particular of these stories we’re telling about depression, suicide, or cancer or now September 11, there are true people today who have skilled these points and a lot of them watch our show and respond and really feel heard. I just want to make certain we get it proper, so we did a lot of points to make certain we got it right… Like, we went to Logan [International Airport] and we took photographs of that gate to make certain we got the appear of the gate proper.

A Million Little Things Finale Recap Season 1 Episode 17 GoodbyeTVLINE | Was the Sept. 11 angle normally component of Jon’s backstory? If not, when did that come in?
Terrific query. So, when I gave Channing [Dungey, then-ABC Entertainment president] the very first draft of the pilot script, she had a superb note, a brilliant note, which was, “Can we evoke Jon and his optimism at the finish of the pilot?” From that, I believed of 3 selections. One particular selection was what I went with, which is to have the video of Jon from elevator… The other selection was to have it be a flashback to the guys going to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup and not generating their flight. And then the final believed I had was, “Oh, what if all the guys have been supposed to get on Flight 11 and didn’t?” I believed that was a definitely cool notion. I talked to [executive producer] Dana Honor… and she was like, “I enjoy that, but wouldn’t have that been in the eulogy? Wouldn’t that have come up at the funeral?” And I’m like, “Oh, of course, of course.” So I just held off… but it was normally there in my thoughts.

TVLINE | We’re having brief on time, but I want to speak about PJ. PJ is Dave’s son, that is right?
[A very long silence] PJ is Barbara’s son.

TVLINE | At the finish of the episode, we see him watching the video of Jon. The impression it left with me was that perhaps he was questioning what he’d been told his whole life, maybe considering that Jon could be his father. What can you say about that?
What I can say is that we undoubtedly will appear at this subsequent season. I will also say that what has been most rewarding for me about this show is setting up extra than one particular character with a related thematic struggle. So, for instance, in this finale, you recognize that Jon had survivor’s guilt. That is also what Gary has as he stands at the cemetery. It is also what Maggie has, due to the fact she beats cancer and Linda didn’t. It is also anything that Rome has, due to the fact if that telephone get in touch with about Jon hadn’t come by way of, he’d be dead. So, there is a survivor’s guilt that carries by way of, and it will carry by way of the second season for certain.

TVLINE | We know there will be a new mystery for Season two. Are there scenes moving toward that mystery in the finale? Or will it be anything totally new?
The seeds would have currently been planted. It is not like, “This just in!” It is constructed on story we’ve currently set up. So, just by instance, PJ was not a new character in the finale. He was in Episode 16, him walking previous the hospital and what brought him to the hospital and why he’s there will also be component of Season two.

TVLINE | Okay. Is there any opportunity that this secret that Eddie is telling Katherine at the finish is not the secret that we feel it is?
Properly, I imply, if you have watched 17 episodes, yeah. [Laughs] I will say: I’ve currently shot this scene, the rest of the scene. When we there, even even though at that point didn’t know we had a second season, I knew I had actors who are incredible. I took them aside the morning of, and I mentioned, “We’re going to shoot this.” And they did a lovely job, a definitely lovely job.