Since there will be no Season 5 of “Nashville” — at least not on ABC — Wednesday night’s (May 25) Season 4 finale,”Maybe You’ll Appreciate Me Someday,” was also serving as the series end. Fans hoped that the soapy country drama would wrap up its cyclical and intertwined love stories, and that there would be a sense of closure in light of what might’ve seemed to many like a surprising cancellation from the network.
Sorry, fans … “Nashville” couldn’t have ended its series with a more ridiculous cliffhanger. The last minute left audiences picking up their jaws from the floor, and not in a good way. The show was clearly not even remotely prepared for cancellation. If they were, this ending was a huge “F you” to its fans.
Most of the episode went as swimmingly as one would expect. Will Lexington (Chris Carmack) finally embraced his sexuality and became a model for the gay country community. Scarlett (Clare Bowen) and Gunnar (Sam Palladio) end up together.
Deacon (Charles Esten) saves Maddie (Lennon Stella) from a creepy producer, and reunites the emancipated daughter back home to Rayne (Connie Britton) and Daphne (Maisy Stella).
So far, so good … right?
Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) comes clean in a news interview about her suicide attempt and the real reason Jeff Fordham (Oliver Hudson) died. She then skips the Oscars to reunite with Avery (Jonathan Jackson), who’s now single after discovering Layla’s (Aubrey Peeples) true hatred for Juliette.
With daughter Cadence in tow, Avery waits on the tarmac when an airport official approaches him with what at first seems to be good news. Did Juliette plan a surprise party inside the airport? After-all, she’s over the top with gestures like that. No, that’s not it. The smile drops from the man’s face as he tells Avery Juliette’s private jet has disappeared. It went off the grid and hasn’t reappeared on the radar since. Avery freaks out. The screen cuts to black. Cue credits.
Wait, what?! Are we supposed to believe Juliette died? That would be ridiculous. She’s the best thing about this show. If the show was hoping to find a home on another network, Juliette’s character would have to be involved.
The most frustrating part of this preposterous cliffhanger is that it was no secret that this series has been lagging in quality for the past few seasons. Knowing “Nashville” was on the renewal bubble, aware that its ratings have been down, to not prepare a better finale for Season 4 is totally unacceptable and largely disappointing.
Boo, “Nashville.” You didn’t deserve another season, anyways.