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Nashville Season 4: EP Teases Flatline Resolution ('Rayna's World Will Never Be the Same'), Will Backlash & More

Question, tease, cajole and wheedle Nashville showrunner Dee Johnson all you like: She isn’t giving up anything regarding who lives or dies — Deacon or Beverly?! — in the resolution to the drama’s season-ending cliffhanger.

“I can’t do it!” she says, laughing. “I’ll just tell you that Rayna’s world will never be the same.”

Fortunately, Johnson can answer several other burning questions we have in advance of the ABC series’ Sept. 23 return (10/9c). Will Juliette make up with Avery (and Rayna)? Will Will regret his bold declaration at last season’s press conference? Will Scarlett and Gunnar be able to keep their musical partnership platonic? Read on for the Music City lowdown.

TVLINE | From the premiere’s photos, we see that Rayna comes to talk to Juliette, who is trying to break her contract with Highway 65. What is their relationship like at that point?
Like I said, there’s been a one-month time jump, and a lot has happened in those ellipses for both those women. But you know, given where we left them… I think that those two will always have kind of a weird connection. But it’s not a stretch to say that it doesn’t go well. [Laughs]

Nashville Season 4 SpoilersTVLINE | When we spoke after the finale, you said you didn’t think it would take Avery and Juliette very long to get their relationship back on track. Does that still hold?
Well, I guess it depends on your definition of “long.” [Laughs] They have a lot to overcome in the early going of this season.

TVLINE | Cadence has been with Avery since last we saw them?
Yes.

TVLINE | What’s up with Gunnar and Scarlett? She was about to move in with Dr. Caleb, but she also almost kissed Gunnar at the end of the episode.
That’s a tricky one too. They’ve embarked on this duo that they’re committed to now. It was a little bit of a Pandora’s box up there on the roof, given the givens… Where we left [them], they were going to go on tour. It’s a real problem in terms of whether or not that box gets closed or whether it’s going to ruin a good thing.

Nashville Season 4 SpoilersTVLINE | The show is bringing in a character named Gabriella to handle some public relations issues for Will and Luke. Is she also a possible love interest for Luke?
No. The problem, any time you have a potential love interest —

TVLINE | But here’s the thing: Every time you say that, such as, “Sadie doesn’t have to be a love interest for Luke,” then they have a moment, and then another, and then that scene before she shoots her husband…
You know, they never really were officially love interests. [Laughs]

TVLINE | But if Laura Benanti had stayed, I defy you to not make them a couple.
That’s true. If Laura hadn’t had such a huge Broadway career, they may well have been a couple.

TVLINE | So, is there a possibility that Gabriella might catch Luke’s eye in that way?
There’s always a possibility of the eye-catching thing, but I will say that she comes into the show with business in mind. They are both committed to making [Luke] a global brand. Whatever happens in the context of that, happens.

TVLINE | On a related note, will Will’s coming out be as rough as he feared on his career?
It’s a real journey. [The press conference] was the first gigantic step, and now there’s 999 more to get where he needs to go… It’s safe to say that he meant everything he said in that moment, and then, of course, then afterwards you’re going, “Oh gosh, should I have done that?” When we come back, he’s been hibernating a little bit. The question is: When he comes out of hibernation, where does he fit in?

TVLINE | Talk to me about Layla. Will she be more center stage, now that Aubrey Peeples is a series regular?
[As] we come into the season, she and Jeff have a new understanding… Their unique love, is on the table, and they are poised to kind of try to see how that works as a couple. But the manager/client relationship is a tricky one, and one of the things we’re really focusing on, in terms of our general storytelling this season, is public perception versus what’s really happening, and how different those things can be.

TVLINE | What can you tell me about Highway 65’s newest artist, Markus Keen?
We meet him for the first time in Episode 2, and then he’s in a pretty significant run — not necessarily in every episode… He’s a guy who’s coming off of a band, a very popular band that has broken up, and had some problems. And Rayna seeks out a unique way to court him, and has brought him into the fold of country music, and hijinks ensue.

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22 Comments
  1. iHeart says:

    well to be fair, Rayna’s world changing would more likely have to do more with the fact that Teddy got arrested (somehow that is going to be a change in her world)

  2. Cass says:

    I don’t think for a second that they’d actually kill off Deacon….but…. if they did, I’m out.

    • sntindall says:

      Yeah I *really* doubt they’d kill off Deacon. I will legitimately stop watching if they do, he’s the main reason I watch!

    • rawley says:

      They won’t. His sister will die from the surgery leaving Rayna racked with guilt. That, in addition to Teddy’s arrest would be quite enough to change her world without killing off Deacon.

      • tvjunkie says:

        You didn’t even mention what it would do to Deacon and the guilt he would have and how that would affect the relationship with Rayna. That’s a mighty big curve ball.

    • her and the girls don’t look devastated beyond all reason in the s4 photos so i think it’s also safe to assume that Deke will be alive at the very least

    • Doom-sayer..... says:

      What if the “Blind Item” that we were told last spring is about Rayna and Deacon.

      What if they are breaking up Rayna and Deacon [or maybe e might be dying], which is totally against what the fans really want to happen. The fans want them to finally be together. But, I didn’t see Deacon in any of the pictures above. So I think either he is dead or his sister died and he can’t live with himself, let along with Rayna who talked his sister into participating in the surgery. So he broke up with Rayna and left town.

      I think there is going to be a big shake up with Rayna and Deacon

      Bye….Bye….Deacon!

  3. Anandasky says:

    Is anyone besides me a bit worried about Deacon, given that IMDB lists Charles Esten as having 70 episodes on Nashville – while Connie Britton and Hayden are each listed with 87 episodes? I’m hoping they’re just trying to fool us, but hmmmmm ….

  4. Chris says:

    Who is the actress that will play Will’s publicist Gabriella on “Nashville”?

  5. Miranda says:

    As if they’d kill off Deacon. Anyone who thought that option was even on the table clearly doesn’t know what sells this show.
    I’m hoping Juliette gets to have a happier season for once. She’s newly married with a baby and she’s still being put through the ringer as she always has been. I think the post-partum storyline has a lot of potential because its an important story to tell, but dang it Juliette is the best character on this show and needs some genuine, uncomplicated happiness for once!

  6. iakovos says:

    I love NASHVILLE but please let’s cut baclk on some cast and plot and have more Rayna and Juliette interactions. They are frenemies and that is the heart of this show. That was lost somewhere since season 2 and story directions and real life — HPs’ pregnancy — made it difficult to sustain that core DNA in this series. I do not want over-the-top as EMPIRE, but there is some fine sizzle in this show. Eager for premiere night!

  7. Jill says:

    It’s ridiculous that this is even supposed to be a cliffhanger. There’s no way Deacon is going to die, Charles Esten wouldn’t be continuing to plug the show so heavily if his contract was gone, he’d be onto his next pilot. Also, most likely more than 50% of the fans would stop watching.

  8. sherry says:

    We know deacon isn’t dead, they would lose a lot of ratings & people would stop watching, including me. I hope they lighten up juliette & keep her and Avery together. Oliver Hudson who plays Jeff, was taken off of full time status on the show. He is going to be on another show, that is on another network. Can’t wait for the season premiere

  9. aph1976 says:

    I’m sure the show is not going to kill Deacon but i’m wondering if he ends up in a coma for a bit. Plus Deacon’s sister i think is going to die and that could cause issues for Rayna and Deacon individually and as a couple.Also Rayna may have a lot to deal with coming up and it could be interesting to see how she juggles everything because she may have Deacon’s recovery, Teddy’s arrest and her business to deal with.