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Nashville: Will's Collapse Will Have Life-Changing Consequences

He's not out of the woods yet

Lindsay MacDonald

Nashville's midseason finale ended on a terrifying cliffhanger, with Will's (Chris Carmack) life hanging in the balance.

When The Last Highways found out they were going to perform on The Chew, but only be playing songs Alannah (Rainee Blake) was lead on, Will started to work overtime in order to regain the spotlight. Due to his previous steroid use, this was bad news bears for his heart. Will had what appeared to be a heart attack on stage, collapsing mid-performance. Oh yeah, and it all happened on live TV. Yikes!

"I think it's fair to say that he survives because people have seen promos and all that," showrunner Marshall Herskovitz tells TV Guide. "But it does have an impact on his life."

Collapsing in front of a live audience will no doubt have an effect on his career (that video has "viral" written all over it), but it will also have lasting effects on his health and the way he lives his life.

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Luckily, he's got some seriously devoted bandmates and friends there to pick him back up after his fall.

"These are people who love each other very much, and I think they pull together," Herskovitz says. "In spite of all the drama that's going on in that band, I think they care very much about Will, and I think that's part of the storyline moving forward -- how they deal with someone who has a significant health issue."

Nashville returns for its final run of episodes Thursday, June 7 at 9/8c on CMT.

Chris Carmack, Nashville

Chris Carmack, Nashville

Mark Levine