Nashville Hayden Panettiere Return Juliette

Nashville Photos: Hayden Panettiere's (and Juliette's) Emotional Return

Might there be a thawing in Avery’s Juliette freeze-out on Nashville? (It is spring now, after all.)

These new photos from the ABC country-music drama gives us hope that Cadence’s parents might be trying to make a go of it again; they also give us a glimpse of Hayden Panettiere’s return to the show after taking a leave of absence while she was treated for postpartum depression.

According to the official synopsis of the episode (which airs Wednesday, April 6, at 10/9c), Juliette finishes up her own treatment for postpartum depression and “finds herself at a critical crossroads upon her homecoming.” Though the pics make it seem as though Mama Barnes wants to be a big part of her daughter’s life — and dare we hope, Avery’s too? — the shots make it hard to read how that scene on the porch will play out.

Click through the gallery below to get your first look at Juliette’s return, then hit the comments with your predictions for the episode.