Nashville’s ‘shocking’ death: My reaction


This week a big character was killed off of Nashville and it is probably the most dramatic thing the show has ever done. But sadly due to the nature of the internet and other indicating factors, it was pretty clear who was going to popped off – but I must admit the way it was done was very cool.


This season of Nashville has been plodding along and not really getting anywhere – Scarlett (Clare Bowen) and Deacon (Charles Esten) are still dealing with Beverly’s death, Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) is still struggling with depression and substance abuse, Avery is still hoping she will return, Rayna is trying to make her label work and Will (Chris Carmack) is struggling with being gay. Across six episodes not an awful lot has happened in terms of obvious story progression – but the end of the most recent one, Please Help Me, I’m Fallin’, majorly changes things up, thank GOD.


The teasers ahead of the episode made it seem like Juliette would be the one to go considering she was teetering on the edge of the rooftop. It made sense with her depression storyline and with Hayden’s own real-life struggle with depression. I would have understood them writing her out – although producer Dee Johnson has revealed Hayden will be absent for some episodes to deal with her personal issues.

The show never kills off the main cast. Okay, we have had deaths, but always relatives of the main characters. So to make Jeff Fordham’s exit so permanent was bold. However, it is pretty obvious why – Oliver Hudson has recently been starring in Scream Queens. I thought perhaps he could do both because he isn’t a lead in either show and sometimes is only in some episodes for like 2 minutes, but it turns out contractually he couldn’t. So he chose to go with Scream Queens (Oliver explains it more here).


I like the way his character went though – it was noble and so very different to his prior villainous self. He died saving Juliette. Audiences had grown to like him in recent episodes, but I guess that was the whole purpose – to make us sad. I’m gutted he’s gone actually because I liked watching Jeff’s scenes, and also because I prefer Jeff to Oliver’s character in SQ.

Problem for me is I knew the death would be Jeff or Juliette because of their personal problems or other TV work. So it wasn’t a massive surprise. Also, I don’t live in the US, I cannot watch it live and I have to wait until after work to watch it – and I work in entertainment journalism so it is impossible to not see it. I don’t click on the articles, but the accompanying picture on social media ALWAYS gives it away. It’s so not cool!

In terms of general plot, I want Juliette to go to rehab and get back with Avery (Jonathan Jackson), Will to accept his sexuality and make a hit, Deacon to be happy (please!!), Scarlett and Gunnar (Sam Palladio) to get back together and go on tour and for Rayna (Connie Britton) to have some decent storylines of her own.

What did you make of Jeff’s death?

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