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'This is a special show, and I think it's done a lot for people,' says the actress

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December 09, 2016 at 12:29 AM EST

Warning: This story contains spoilers from the season finale of Pitch. Read at your own risk!

Pitch ended its first season on a somber note, with MLB’s first female pitcher this close to throwing a no-hitter, but instead getting injured and pushing away basically everyone who cares about her. Unfortunately, Thursday’s episode could be show’s series, not just season, finale; Fox has yet to pick up the baseball drama for a second season.

With Pitch‘s future hanging in the balance, star Kylie Bunbury says filming the show’s season finale was especially difficult. “I have to be honest, it’s really hard,” Bunbury tells EW. “We’ve really become a family. I know that a lot of people say that, but it’s really special what we’ve created together, in terms of the cast, crew, writers, and producers. I did a lot of crying; I cried a lot. I’m getting emotional right now thinking about it.”

“I think that everyone’s stories on the show aren’t over yet,” Bunbury continues. “We want to see more. You can see that with the fans; the fans love this show. If anyone gives this show a chance, they love it as well. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love this show. I know there’s some logistics in terms of Fox deciding what they’re going to do with the show, but I think what they need to listen to is more their heart rather than the logistics because ‘.”

As for her character, Bunbury imagines what went through Ginny’s head when she got injured: “‘What now?'” Bunbury says. “Also, ‘What is it? How bad of an injury is it? How long will I be out?’ She’s sitting there thinking, ‘I was just starting to get my bearings on life, on myself, on pitching in the majors, on being a part of this team, and now I have to start all over again in some capacity.’ When all you’ve done is work toward being a professional athlete, and then you injure yourself and you know that you’re going to be out for a while, it’s gut-wrenching. It almost feels like your life is over because that’s all you’ve ever worked for. Now something physical is disallowing you to do the one thing you know how to do. I think that Ginny feels really scared.”

For more on what could happen in season 2, read our postmortem with executive producer Kevin Falls here.

Fox’s 2016 drama Pitch features Kylie Bunbury as Ginny Baker, the first female player to join Major League Baseball. Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer created the series, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ali Larter, and Mark Consuelos also star.
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