If there is one question we got Tweeted more than most to ask the cast and producers of ABC's Nashville at today's PaleyFest pressline and panel in Los Angeles, it was whether or not we would finally get a full version of "Already Gone" and when. To be fair, we wanted to know, as well, so we set out to find out!
"I know I've recorded it, so I don't really know what's going on with that," Connie Britton told us.
But series executive producer Dee Johnson stopped to think about what we had heard thus far through the snippets of verses and choruses:
"We have a longer version of "Already Gone." We have it in one episode, it's more featured, but it's not like we're in a position to ever play a full-song on-screen. It will be more featured than it has been [though]," Johnson said.
But seriously, there's a lot more going on for Rayna; things are just beginning as the season winds down. The divorce proceedings are just beginning, but the media is already swarming on the story, and there's the chance that Teddy (Eric Close) may fight dirty and drag out the secret that one of their daughters is actually Deacon's (Charles Esten).
"Let's just say we're going to try to answer all those questions from the pilot before the end of the season, and it is ugly," Johnson said.
"I think Teddy has his own journey, After having been the good guy for a long time, he's gone, not to the dark side, but he's a different guy than he was, and he's willing to fight back."
The divorce will tug at Rayna, keeping her on a slightly different page from Deacon for a while, and Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) will still be a bit of a distraction, as well. However, Johnson did admit there is hope for Rayna and Deacon-- and even Rayna and Juliette.
"They will come to a place of understanding with each other a little bit more towards the end of the season. It's where they both are in their lives, as superstars and performers and how they handle the things that happen to them. The audience sees a lot of the 'why' behind each of their behavior, but they'll start to see a little bit in each other, too. Now they have that common ground, whether they like each other or not," Johnson said of Rayna and Juliette.
"As for Deacon and Rayna, well, they both have a lot of things to work through, but I think they will always keep coming back to each other."
Nashville airs on ABC on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. All-new episodes resume on March 27th 2013. Stay tuned for our longer cast interviews from PaleyFest and let us know, in the comments below, from whom you want to hear next!
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