'It's something for people to talk about the next day,' the '12 Years a Slave' writer tells EW
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Wednesday marks the season finale of ABC’s incredible anthology series American Crime. The 10-episode second season has been a riveting look into sexuality, violence, and class within a small Indiana community and has boasted award-worthy performances from its cast, particularly its young stars Connor Jessup (Taylor) and Joey Pollari (Eric).

EW has previewed the powerful hour and can say that while the stories are all tied up, there is still a lot to think and talk about in true American Crime fashion. “One of the things that’s very important to us on the show is that there is a resolution, that there’s emotional resolution, that the stories land,” says Crime creator John Ridley (12 Years a Slave). “When we were writing the finale, Michael McDonald, the other producer on the show, said, ‘John, you’re a novelist. You’ve got to construct this like it’s the last chapter of a great novel and make it feel literate and make it feel complete but at the same time try and elevate.’ It sounds very simplistic but when you’re dealing in the gray and you’re dealing in emotional velocities and you’re dealing with people and not necessarily the facts but beliefs and perspectives and points of view, sometimes those are a little stickier to land.”

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While there is resolution, the emotional climax — without giving too much away — is intended to both haunt and provoke conversation. Teases Ridley, “The audience can say well, ‘I believe this,’ and it’s great. If that’s what you believe, that’s the ending that’s there and it’s completely right. And it’s something for people to talk about the next day.”

The season finale of American Crime airs Wedneday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC — stay tuned to EW after the finale for our postmortem interview with Ridley.

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