From the beginning, the music drew us in and has played an important part in Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, and it was partly why we couldn't stop watching every week.
While we wait for hopefully good news about the future of the series — it's one of several on NBC that has yet to be renewed or canceled for the 2020-21 season — we're taking a look at where the relationships left off the best way we know: through music. After all, "heart songs" are how Zoey (Jane Levy) hears people's inner thoughts.
We have the love triangle, the family figuring out life without Mitch (Peter Gallagher) after he died in the finale, and so much more. Scroll down to see which songs perfectly describe where the characters and key relationships are heading into a potential second season.
"You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift
Max to Zoey
For much of the first season, fans were left wondering if Zoey would choose best friend Max (Skyler Astin) or office crush Simon (John Clarence Stewart), but in the finale, she seemed to finally see the former in the way he’d wanted. Sadly, immediately after, she found out it was time to say goodbye to her father, and while her love life is of course on the back burner while she grieves, that doesn’t mean she won’t still be hearing the “heart songs” of those around her, and it’s easy to imagine Max singing “Dreaming about the day when you wake up/and find that what you’re looking for has been here the whole time” even after their finale kiss.
"Are You Gonna Be My Girl?" by Jet
Simon to Zoey
Now this his engagement is over, Simon has admitted that he’s jealous of Zoey and Max — and we know that he’s still going to be very much in her life. Depending on what happens next in the love triangle, if it even plays much of a factor in a second season, Simon singing, “Well I could see/you home with me/but you were with another man” could very well fit after recent developments between Max and Zoey.
"Thinking of You" by Katy Perry
Zoey on Max and Simon
Zoey is clearly torn between the two men in her life; she admits as much to her father in their farewell. “Cause when I’m with him/I am thinking of you” would certainly fit the bill, at least when it comes to where they stood at the end of the season.
"Now You Belong to Heaven" by Mari Olsen
Maggie without Mitch
Maggie (Mary Steenburgen) had the heartbreaking “Dream a Little Dream of Me” farewell to her husband in his last moments, but if there’s a second season, the series would have to explore what comes next for her. While she may have been prepared to lose her husband, that won’t make it any easier. “Miss your voice, miss your smile/everything about you, worth a while/always wondering where you are” could very well describe Maggie moving forward.
"Let It Be" by The Beatles
The Clarkes without Mitch
It may be hard to come up with something that has as much emotion to it as “American Pie” in the finale, but as the Clarkes move forward and figure out what’s next after losing Mitch, “Let It Be” may be exactly what they need to do.
"Never Gonna Let You Go" by Sergio Mendes
Mo to Eddie
The couple’s relationship did hit a bump in the road in the first season, but they were very much back on track in the finale. And we just hope that continues to remain true and that the lyrics “You and me/we’re gonna be/better than we were before” fits their relationship going forward.
"Child of Mine" by Bill Staines
David and Emily as new parents
As the season ended, we were still waiting to meet David (Andrew Leeds) and Emily’s (Alice Lee) child, but chances are if there’s a second season, she’ll have already given birth off-screen, depending on when it picks up. Either way, this song, with the lyrics, “There is a road and that road is all your own/but we are here, you need not walk alone,” could certainly be something either or both sing to the newest addition to their family.