Nashville Season 2 Spoilers: How Is Deacon As A Father? Can Rayna and Juliette Be Friends? Showrunners Spill on What's Ahead!


Nashville showrunners Dee Johnson and Callie Khouri previewed the upcoming sophomore season of the ABC musical soap on their recent chat with TV Guide.

Last May, a lot of open-ended events left viewers of Nashville curious on what's abound when the series hits our small screens this fall. Some of those events include:

  • The aftermath of Rayna and Deacon's accident
  • Deacon's discovery of being Maddie's biological father
  • Skylar/Avery/Gunnar/Will romantic involvements
  • Juliette's breakdown from her mother's death

How will the convoluted relationships and among these characters play out in season 2?

Find out what's ahead, keep reading for the spoilers teased by the Nashville bosses below!

Happily ever after for Rayna and Deacon? Not so fast. As much as we'd love to see the pair come together as part of the James' larger dysfunctional family, first Deacon must come to terms with his new role as a father before he and Rayna can consider moving forward. "They are never going to have what you call a smooth-sailing relationship," Khouri says. "They have that thing where two people feel like they're meant for each other and then the universe doesn't seem to support that. But I don't think they ever -- no matter what they've been through prior to the show starting -- think that the other one can just be gone from their life." Adds Johnson, "I think by the end of the season Deacon will come to understand [Rayna's] reasoning for keeping the secret. Whether or not he'll ever forgive her for it is another thing, but I think he'll come to understand it more."

How is Deacon as a daddy? "It's not going to look like Father Know Best," Khouri says. "I don't think Deacon ever thought of himself as father material and as the season goes on we'll see him grapple with why he feels that way and whether or not he's right." Fortunately, Maddie (Lennon Stella) and Deacon have one thing in common: music. "They can't help but be drawn to each other in that way because they have that musical connection that runs quite deep," Johnson says.

Can Rayna and Juliette ever be friends? Although the two shared a very sweet and sentimental moment at Juliette's mother's gravesite, Johnson says "that was a moment in time and a place of vulnerability for both of them." She also adds, "As the season begins let's just say they're not going to holding hands and skipping in a meadow. They're oil and water and they always will be, but I do think they come to appreciate each other during the course of the season and maybe even unite in some fashion."

Juliette will remain the girl you love one minute and hate the next. If you're constantly torn between loving and hating the young starlet, expect that to continue. "As awful as she can be, we were able to humanize her and make you feel and empathize with her situation," Johnson says. "After you cry for her, you can turn around in the next scene and just smack her." Khouri echoes the sentiment, adding, " Growing up with that mother, she didn't have such a great start at life and wasn't given the best tools which with to deal with problems. So I don't know if we'll ever see a time when she's not screwing up something for herself."

Here's a promo for the first season finale of Nashville: