Back in June, “Nashville’s” Hayden Panettiere announced she was expecting her first baby and many guessed the news would be incorporated into the series. On Aug. 11, E! Online confirmed that the pregnancy will definitely be part of Juliet Barnes’ storyline in Season 3. Let the daddy drama begin!
When we left our little firecracker at the end of Season 3, Juliet and her boyfriend, bad-boy-turned-old-soul Avery (Jonathan Jackson) fought over her jealousy of Scarlett (Claire Bowen). As a result, Juliet, always a sloppy drunk, had an inebriated hookup with Jeff Fordham (Oliver Hudson), the arch enemy of every Nashville musician. When Avery found out, he dumped her. Surprisingly, by the end of the finale episode, there seemed to be some room for discussion of reconciliation between Juliet and Avery.
The drama comes in because undoubtedly, Juliet will not know for sure who the father is. This has all sorts of implications that can play out all season. Avery, who seems like he would be a great dad, could walk out again. It seems more probable that he will stick around until a paternity test can be done. Even then, it is possible he loves Juliet enough to stay even if the baby isn’t his.
Jeff, on the other hand, is such a sleaze bag; there is no question of how he will react. He’ll likely suggest an abortion to save both his own face and his financial standing. When Juliet opts to have the baby, he will try to use it to leverage his control over her and her career. He would blackmail her with the child, either threatening to expose their tryst publicly or threatening to fight her for custody. Yes, folks, it’s going to get ugly.
Juliet seems destined to live a life of hard knocks no matter how famous and successful she becomes. From a childhood with a drug-addicted mother living in a trailer park to her many ill-fated romances in search of “the one” to make her feel loved, Juliet’s life has been one helluva roller coaster ride. It doesn’t look like the ride is going to end any time soon.
“Nashville” Season 3 kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. 24 on ABC. The premiere will feature live musical performances interspersed with the taped story sections.