‘Nashville’ Boss Teases Professional And Personal Growth For Deacon In Final Season

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It’s been a wild ride for fans of Nashville, who have seen the series run on ABC, and currently on CMT, and the journey is almost over. Beginning this week, Nashville will kick off its sixth and final season, and according to the show’s executive producer, there is a lot to get excited about… especially when it comes to Deacon Claybourne.

Ahead of the season 6 premiere this Thursday, executive producer Marshall Herskovitz sat down with TV Guide and talked all about everyone’s favorite guitarist and dad on Nashville, Deacon (played by Charles Esten). The good news is that there is both a personal journey and a professional one that we’re going to see happen this season.

“Well, he’s got a great storyline this year. We’re very excited about Deacon’s storyline. You know, obviously people have seen from the trailers that Jessie is back, but I’m not going to say what that means,” Herskovitz told TV Guide about the personal side of Deacon’s story.

While he wouldn’t explain exactly what’s in store for Deacon in terms of his relationship with Jessie (played by Kaitlin Doubleday), Herskovitz did tease that trying to move on from his one true love is a process.

“You know, clearly they had a very complicated relationship, and I think the whole idea of Deacon starting over and trying to find love again after Rayna is just a huge mountain to climb for him. We played that all the second half of last season, and I think that struggle will continue,” he explained. “But certainly, there will be changes, let’s just put it that way.”

As for Deacon’s career, he’s always been the supporting act to Rayna (played by Connie Britton), but that’s all about to change.

“And in terms of his career, I think I felt when I came on the show, we all felt that in some way Deacon as a performer has been in Rayna’s shadow for too long and that we love the idea of seeing Deacon moving out into the world on his own as a star or as a beloved performer on his own. And that’s something we are following as a storyline,” he said.

To see exactly what happens to Deacon and the rest of the Nashville characters, tune in every Thursday beginning tomorrow. From the sounds of it, Deacon is in for one heck of a last ride, so don’t miss it!

Nashville season 6 premieres on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 9 p.m. on CMT.

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