In a January 2023 interview with Variety, George & Tammy creator Abe Sylvia discussed many details about the series as a whole, including the role played by music. With the show revolving around two legendary music stars, it’s only fitting that music plays such an important role – even in the final scene.
Sylvia said, “’Lost Highway’ says so much about who they are and who they are as damaged people walking the road of life. We let them drive behind them into the sunset with this incredible work. I would like to encourage the audience to listen very carefully to the lyrics in this song. It’s not just a sing-along on a bus. It encapsulates the entire series.” The creator went on to explain that they didn’t want to go down the traditional biopic route to end with either or both of their deaths. Rather, they wanted to keep the characters on a higher note. Sylvia continued, ” Specifically, we wanted to leave her in a place of tension and beauty, not tragic determination.”
In addition, Sylvia paid tribute to the couple’s daughter, Georgette Jones, who spoke with Sylvia and the other authors about how often her mother’s death is romanticized as if it were an opera. Sylvia continued, “And in some of my early designs I did [dramatize it]. But it says so much more just to be in Jessica’s face and hear those words and know that they will never leave us no matter what happened to them… The more we used music to say everything we had to say the show was stronger for that.”