- In The Aftermath of the death of someone in their circle, lives are changed forever in the world of "Nashville," and a new mystery arises.
- Kelly Clarkson guest stars as herself and makes Gunnar and Scarlett a once-in-a-lifetime offer.
- Juliette's reputation takes another body blow as creative video editing seems to show her proclaiming there is no God, further fueling her detractors.
- Rayna's bought herself out of Edgehill, but the the pressure to succeed is greater than ever, and Deacon struggles to write during his sobriety and relative stability and finds help from Maddie and Daphne.
"Nashville" stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O'Connor, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad and Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad.
Guest starring Kelly Clarkson as herself, Judith Hoag as Tandy Hampton, Chaley Rose as Zoey, Aubrey Peeples as Layla, Ed Amatrudo as Glenn Goodman, David Alford as Bucky Dawes, Derek Krantz as Brent, Melvin Ray Kearney II as Bo, Donn Lamkin as Joey Bacanti, Michiel Huisman as Liam McGuinnis, Courtney Hanson as Emily, Jaren Johnston as herself and Lori Mitchell as Newscaster.
"I'll Keep Climbing" was written by Tyler Bensinger and directed by Callie Khouri.