'Smash': Did Kyle die or survive in 'The Phenomenon'?

"Smash" is pretty much a dead series airing on NBC these days, but even shows on life support can still surprise viewers. And "Smash" may have done that this week with the death of Andy Mientus' character Kyle, the co-writer of this season's new musical "Hit List."Last week's episode climaxed with a dramatic montage of Mientus singing Jeff Buckley's "Last Goodbye" -- intended as a farewell to his friend and creative partner Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) -- and ended on a shocking cliffhanger when Kyle was struck by a car. (While singing! Never change, "Smash"!)What could have been a prolonged drama -- or simply a brush with death meant to ultimately reunite Kyle and Jimmy -- instead was abruptly resolved in "The Phenomenon": Kyle died.And instead of reuniting Kyle and Jimmy, Kyle's death helped patch up the damage between Jimmy and Karen (Katharine McPhee), while reminding Tom (Christian Borle) that his friendship with Julia (Debra Messing)...



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