The cast of “Nashville” Season 4 has headed back to work, which is great news for fans. That means audiences are closer to figuring out the answers to the massive Season 3 finale cliffhanger. New episode titles might even give viewers hints about the fate of one of their favorite characters.
The premiere episode title is “Can’t Let Go.” The title was revealed via a picture from actress Lennon Stella, who plays Maddie. Stella shared the title in what appears to be a screenshot from the video/photo-messaging app Snapchat.
— Nashville/RookieBlue (@NashvilleDK) July 16, 2015
Could this be a hint that someone is holding on for their life? Deacon (Charles Esten) and Beverly (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson) were both in surgery for a liver transplant, but one of them flatlined. Audiences were left wondering who died. Hopefully, the title refers to Deacon. If he “can’t let go” of his life, audiences would be very happy. After all, he just finally got together with Rayna (Connie Britton) and seemed to have his personal life sorted out.
The third episode title, revealed on “Nashville” writer Debra Fordham’s Twitter, is called “How Can I Help You Say Goodbye.”
403 is born! Starts shooting 8/7 & yes, updates from the set! (Mostly involving tears & Kleenex.) Happy Friday all! pic.twitter.com/WEErhKahGY
— Debra Fordham (@DebraFordham) July 17, 2015
So, who is leaving? If Deacon’s sister was the one who flatlined, Deacon is going to have some trouble saying goodbye. After all, his sister’s surgery was voluntary to help Deacon beat liver cancer. “But if [Deacon’s sister died], one would certainly have some issues as a result of it,” showrunner Dee Johnson told TV Line in May. “If anybody was going to donate something and they died on the table, certainly that would be pretty hard to live with.”
Of course, these titles might not necessarily refer to Deacon. Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) will be trying to leave her family behind as she refuses to acknowledge her postpartum depression, and Will (Chris Carmack) will be adjusting to life as an out gay country singer, which might not be easy. Fans will have to hope the stars and writers drop more clues about the episodes on social media this summer.
“Nashville” Season 4 premieres on ABC on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 10 p.m. EDT on ABC. Do you think Deacon is alive? Sound off in the comments section below!