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Nashville Deacon Dead Alive Season 4

Nashville Season 4: Deacon Might Be Dying! — What Happens Next?

TVLine hits rewind on the TV season’s biggest “What Happens Next” finales, then invites you to predict the cliffhanger outcomes

Here’s all we know: Someone’s heart stopped during surgery in the final moments of Nashville‘s third season. Whether the ticker in question belonged to soulful Deacon Claybourne or his spiteful sister Beverly — well, that’ll be determined once the ABC drama returns for Season 4.

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It’s been a long while since May, so here’s a brief refresher on the shared plight of poor Deacon and/or Beverly: Just as his cancer progressed to the point he was no longer eligible for a spot on the donor list, Deacon learned that his sister — who’d been begged by a desperate Rayna — was grudgingly going to give him part of her liver. Deacon had nightmares about dying, but everything went according to plan… until the siblings were in the operating suite. That’s when either Bev or Deke got one step closer to the Grand Ole Opry in the sky.

In advance of Nashville‘s return — on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 10/9c — we invite you to watch the scene in question by pressing PLAY on the video below, then scroll down to weigh in on what happens next.