Nashville returned to ABC Wednesday night (September 23) for the season four premiere, as the show looked to answer some questions and resolve some issues that arose in May’s season three finale. Most of the buzz was about whether Deacon was alive or dead, but just about all the characters’ stories ended in some sort of cliffhanger last season, so plenty tuned in to see what would happen next. In true Nashville fashion, they tied things up at the same time as setting us up for more drama. Here are ten things we learned from the premiere.
1. Deacon is alive!!!
Yes, the biggest question of them all was answered a tantalizing ten minutes into the episode. Rayna slept alone the night before and we fear the worst when she takes the girls to the hospital to see Beverly, but luckily Deacon’s alive and healthy and he just spent the night with his sister (who is in a coma, because of course).
2. Juliette is way in over her head.
The new mother has spent the past month drinking, partying and getting in with the wrong crowds, as well as working like crazy. She hasn’t seen or spoken to her husband or daughter in that whole time, and her label head Luke doesn’t seem to have noticed that anything’s wrong (typical men). Juliette breaks down and calls Rayna in floods of tears, begging her to help, but when Rayna flies across the country to check she’s okay, Juliette acts like the call never happened and throws her out. Nice.
3. Scarlett is crazy if she thinks she can just turn off her feelings for Gunnar.
After not having seen each other for a month, Scarlett and Gunnar meet up to rehearse but end up making out. Scarlett stops it, saying that she’s in love with her boyfriend Caleb and that Gunnar makes her feel out of control, like someone she doesn’t want to be. Ouch. Something tells us, however, that she’s silly to think a love that strong will just go away. We don’t think that’ll be the last time she’s drawn back to her ex.
4. Somebody needs to tell Will that gay cowboy culture is a thing.
After coming out, Will’s been super angsty and has been hiding at Kevin’s place. When Kevin persuades him to leave the house, he feels judged at the restaurant they go to, but totally out of place when they move on to a gay club. He tells Kevin he doesn’t belong anywhere, because electronic music and culture is not his thing, but doesn’t he know how many gay cowboys there are out there? A quick Google search wouldn’t go amiss.
5. Layla needs to catch a break.
Layla hasn’t had a very good time of it on Nashville. After coming second place in a TV talent show she got married to a gay guy, made a fool of herself on a reality show, had her label dissolve, slept with the guy who screwed up her career, tried to sign with another label but was then manipulated by her now-lover into following his orders and tanking all her opportunities. She’s now in an abusive, controlling relationship with Jeff and is super vulnerable. And she’s only 21. That’s gotta suck.
6. We have a serious dad-crush on Avery.
After being the asshole that everyone hated in season 1, Avery has seriously turned around and is now the perfect dad. He took his daughter Cadence away from Juliette, admittedly, but did it to protect her and has now headed back to Nashville so he can set a good example to her in the future. Can we say, “Awww”?
7. Nobody ever consider’s Daphne’s feelings.
The poor girl found out her sister was only her half-sister, her parents divorced, her mom got together with a man she adored but then called it off on the day of the wedding, her mom then got back together with her half-sister’s real dad, and now her own dad is in jail. If it were us, we’d be giving her a big hug.
8. Something tells us Beverly waking up is only going to increase the drama
At the end of the episode it appeared Beverly was on her way to waking up from her coma, but judging by how much she hates Rayna, all the bad blood between her and Deacon and the complicated relationship she has with Scarlett, it’s not going to be an easy ride. For a start, we don’t know how the aneurism may have affected her brain, whether she’ll suffer memory loss or a personality change; some people have even been known to have vivid dreams while in a coma that they continue to believe when they wake up. One thing’s for sure, it’s always going to be dramatic.
9. A month is a long time in Music City
I mean really, it’s all been happening. I’m surprised any of these people have time to do their actual jobs.
10. We can’t wait for episode 2.
No matter what happens, this show always pulls us back in and makes us want to carry on watching. Episode 2 airs next Wednesday, September 30 at 10/9c on ABC, and frankly that’s far too long to wait.