We may only be five episodes into season 4 of Nashville, but there’s already been a whole lot of drama in the ABC music city series.
Rayna (Connie Britton) has been trying to get her new record label, Highway 65, off the ground after dumping Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) at the beginning of the season. In an attempt to rescue the label, Rayna pursued rocker Markus Keen (Riley Smith) and after crossing paths with Avery (Jonathan Jackson), he asked him to be a producer on his next album which caused tensions to flare.
Rayna’s children have also had a pretty hard time so far in season 4, as their Dad, Teddy (Eric Close), remains behind bars following his arrest at the end of season 3, causing the girls to have mixed feelings about their father as he readies to plead guilty in court.
Luckily, Deacon (Charles Esten) pulled through his transplant operation, but was left wracked with guilt after his sister, Beverly (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson), suffered a brain aneurysm, prompting Scarlett (Clare Bowen) to make the heart-breaking decision to take her mother off life-support. Whilst Deacon’s involvement caused tensions between the two, the twosome later reconciled as they bonded over memories of the sister and mother.
As for Will (Chris Carmack), he’s been facing the music after coming out at the end of last season. After being accused of hiding away since he dropped his big news, his partner Kevin (Kyle Dean Masse) persuaded him to be an advocate for the gay community and he opted to perform for an audience of male fans.
After marrying Avery (Jonathan Jackson) the end of season 3, Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) and her new husband have already separated, prompting him to take the couple’s newborn daughter, Candence, away. But after his estranged wife continued to show increasingly erratic behavior, Avery returned to her side only to find her disappear to continue her scary downward spiral.
Believing that his new wife has no interest in him or their child, Avery opted to file for divorce and full custody of their daughter. However, following a pep talk by Emily (Kourtney Hansen), Avery put the divorce on ice, but when Juliette is MIA when their daughter is rushed to hospital, he hits her with the divorce news in the hospital.
The divorce drama caused Juliette to spiral even further out of control, and after attacking an innocent fan and a drunken run-in with Jeff (Oliver Hudson), she drank herself into oblivion with a cocktail of alcohol and drugs. Hitting rock bottom, she told Avery she planned to commit suicide and headed to the roof in an attempt to take her own life. But as she jumped, Jeff, who was just promoted to the head of Luke’s record label, caught her, only to fall to his death.
But as we say goodbye to Jeff, we’ll soon be saying hello to a brand new character.
According to TVLine, we can expect to see a brand new character head to music city in the December 9th episode, titled We’ve Got Nothing But Love To Prove, in the form of former Once Upon a Time actress Jessy Schram.
Schram will be taking on the role of Cash Gray, a singer-songwriter who’s just beginning to build her career following a successful writing session with Kacey Musgraves, and it sounds like she’s going to bring more drama for Rayna.
We’ll find out in the coming episodes that Cash is actually the daughter of Frankie, Deacon’s former friend from AA who has now become his sponsor, and after crossing paths with Rayna in a later episode, the rising country diva ruffles more than a few feathers.
Nashville airs on ABC on Wednesday nights at 10/9c.