Nashville: New Season 5 Trailer Plays Up Juliette's Big Fears, Finds Scarlett and Gunnar Facing Down a Gun (?!)

If Juliette’s career falters in the second half of Nashville‘s fifth season, perhaps she can make a living out of her favorite hobby: finding trouble where there is none.

As you’ll see in this new trailer for the upcoming episodes — which get underway on Thursday, June 1, at 9/8c — Ms. Barnes undergoes challenges both professional (a slight backstage panic attack) and personal (the likely completely made-up fear that Hallie and Avery are growing closer than they should be) while the rest of Music City deals with its own drama.

Among the preview’s gems:

* Ahead of finding out who fathered Scarlett’s baby, she, Gunnar and Damien are engaging in what’s best deemed an… atypical relationship.

* Daphne’s befriended a homeless girl, which just about sends Deacon over the edge.

* Clay gets pulled over for Driving While Black, and Maddie gets a front-row seat to racial inequality as it pertains to the law enforcement system.

* Will calls Zach his “boyfriend.” But the reappearance of Murray Bartlett’s Jakob Fine can’t be good for relationship stability, right?

* “I know that you don’t like me,” Rachel Bilson’s Alyssa — aka Highway 65’s new chief strategy officer — tells Deacon. “You don’t like anything that I stand for.”

* We are once more introduced to Kaitlin Doubleday’s Jesse Cain, a singer/songwriter whose return to Nashville is steeped in her past scandal. (Doesn’t seem to bother Deacon, though.)

* Gunnar and Scarlett end the trailer at gunpoint. Wait, what?

Press PLAY on the video above to see what’s up in Nashville, then hit the comments: What are you looking forward to most?

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  1. ellajasper says:

    Didn’t we have enough “crime show” with Rayna’s stalker? Let’s please get back to the music and leave out some of the guns. When it went to CMT, they promised more music, less dramatic story lines. Would Daphne really bring home a homeless person? Would Gunner and Scarlett really have someone pointing a gun at them? And of course, here comes more trouble for Avery and Juliette? The last two shows before the break were so good, that’s because everyone was trying to work together, sing, get along. They were a family.

  2. abz says:

    So many potentially annoying storylines I see from this trailer. Everything Daphne. Everything Maddie and Clay. (Pulled over/getting arrested/possible racism storyline? yeah definitely not looking forward to it). They need to get rid of the Stella sisters. They should only be used when necessary as part of Deacon’s story. They don’t need to be a part of every episode.

    Scarlett and Gunnar at gunpoint (did anyone else roll their eyes?).

    Maybe it’s a good thing they’ve added those two new female characters. Hopefully they’ll focus more on them instead of these plots.

    I’m glad the show has not sped up Juliette’s recovery. Feels very realistic and I like that they’re showing that it’s ongoing.

    Hopefully Will can get a music related arc this season in addition to the romance, but of course this show always has to create some sort of love triangle or have someone cheating. I hope they at least give Zach and Will the chance that they never gave Will/Kevin to grow and be happy for a bit before all this soapy drama.

    • Pat says:

      I’m with you. Banish the girls (especially Maddie) to the sidelines. The producers haven’t figured it out yet: more Maddie equals lower ratings. Wake up before it’s too late.

  3. steven says:

    Okay, we already had to deal with Rayna dying. Gunnar or Scarlett better not be next.

  4. David Hess says:

    Way to diss the Nashville police department.