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So many characters are being thrown at you and I must confess, I’m having a hard time keeping the men straight. There seems to be an abundance of grizzled old men…some are helpful, some are evil. Then there is cohort of skinny cute boys, again, some seem helpful, some seem evil. And yet another group of milquetoast y middle-aged men who don’t strike me as particularly evil but I think they’re the type to lie and cheat and secretly blame all their failings on the women in their lives. See below for a wee list:
Deacon Claybourne – Milquey #1. Guitarist for Rayna’s band and her one that got away. Fell to Juliet’s conquistador vagine. Uncle to Scarlett. Possible recovering addict – which could explain why Rayna ended up marrying Teddy instead of him.
Teddy Conrad – Milquey #2. Rayna’s loser husband and likely soon-to-be mayor of Nashville. He’s got a beat-me face and I will eat all my vegetables if he doesn’t cheat on Rayna by the season finale. Probably with Juliet because he’s got an asshole streak…I’m guessing.
I’ll divorce you if you get a face lift. Ha, just kidding! I’ll never divorce you. Why would I when you’re famous and I’ve been banging hot tail since the early 90′s behind your back?
Randy Roberts – Milquey #3. Rayna’s music producer and another of Juliet’s conquests. Bucky – Rayna’s manager. Avery Barkley – Skinny boy #1. Scarlett’s boyfriend, possible heroin addict (?). I’m only guessing but dude is like 120 soaking wet. His soul patch tells me he’s evil. I’m not too ashamed to admit I squealed “Lucky!” when he first appeared onscreen as the actor who portrays him is most known for his role as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital. Gunnar Scott – Skinny boy #2. Singer/songwriter, friend of Deacon and possible nemesis to Avery due to his lustful feelings towards poor, beautiful waify Scarlett. His absence of soul patch = not evil. Lamar Wyatt – Grizzled old dude #1. Rayna’s prickish father and high-powered politico. Evil.
I’ll rip your face off with my giant, terrifying teeth!
Glenn Goodman – Grizzled old dude #2. Juliet’s manager and likely surrogate daddy figure. Possibly evil but with a name like Goodman, likely he will prove helpful. Watty White – Grizzled old dude #3. Rayna’s father figure and confidant. Helpful. It’s Watty who throws Rayna a rope while she’s drowning in career torpor. When Scarlett is cajoled into singing one of her songs during open mic night at the Bluebird, Watty is captivated by her raw talent and calls Rayna to listen. The look on Rayna’s face as she listens to the cell proves why Connie Britton deserves an Emmy for this. We can see the hope, the excitement and the uncertainty on her face because she senses this is her way out, her salvation but she’s not quite sure how to make it work. Here’s my guess – Rayna gets Scarlett added to the concert tour she will embark on with Juliet. It will be like some kind of moonshiney Lilith Fair. It can be billed as three generations of country music – the legend, the star and the up-n-comer. Hopefully Bad Idea Jeans will be doing the costumes.