Charles Esten: ‘Nashville’ Character Deacon Will Never Get a Perfectly Happy Ending
On July 26, the stars of CMT’s Nashville will take a final bow. After six seasons and plenty of wild storylines, the show about fictional country music stars and the chaos that swirls around them is coming to an end.
In its final season, Nashville has kept its commitment to high drama, and there’s a number of questions to answer and threads to wrap up before the series says goodbye: Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) has escaped the clutches of a South American cult, Daphne Conrad (Maisy Stella) is in the hands of villainous music producer Brad Maitland (Jeffrey Nordling) and Scarlett O’Connor (Clare Bowen) still isn’t quite sure exactly who she is.
And then there is Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten), who, after decades of turmoil and the traumatic death of his wife, Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton), is finally settling into his new normal. Fans are, of course, hoping for a happy ending for him -- even if that's a bit out of character.
"There’s an episode where Rayna tells Deacon that she just wants him to be happy, and Deacon says, 'Me and happy don’t get along too good,'" Esten tells The Boot. "That was always a hallmark of Deacon: Even in good times, there would be this dark streak."
When Esten spoke with The Boot, he had not yet filmed Nashville's series finale; however, he was confident that nothing too drastic would be happening to Deacon.
"As far as I know, Deacon will live through the final episode. He won’t be going onto the afterlife ... That’s a short way of saying that he’ll still have his problems; he’ll still have his struggles, the day-to-day things that crop up for him. That’s how I would imagine it," Esten says. "He’ll face the sun, but I think he’s just gotten a little more wise every time ... Maybe I’m reacting against the word 'happy' because it’s just not who Deacon is."
Much like Nashville's fans, Esten says he "can't wait" to see how the show ends.
"It will satisfy some, and not satisfy others. That’s the nature of it," he says. "A lot of the trajectories are already set. It’s like an arrow that, once it’s shot, you know how it moves. My guess is that it won’t be anything shocking or completely against somebody’s character ..."
Nashville airs on CMT on Thursday nights at 9PM.
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