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Season Five
Season Five, Episode 1-22
S5 Promo Poster
First Aired January 5, 2017
Episode Guide
"Season Four"
"Season Six"
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This article contains plot details about a current season.

Season Five of Nashville premiered on CMT on January 5, 2017 after it was cancelled by ABC on May 12, 2016. As a gift to fans, it was announced that the first half of the 2-hour season premiere would air on December 15, 2016.  This is the last season to feature Connie Britton as a main cast member.

Picking up three weeks after the events of the Season Four finale, the season focuses on the aftermath of the plane crash which left Juliette Barnes as the sole survivor.  The crash leaves her confined to a wheelchair and she meets the woman who saved her life. Elsewhere, Maddie tries to re-adjust to life at home with her parents and Daphne.

Rayna faces more financial problems with Highway 65 and also finds herself the victim of a stalker while The Exes try to get their career off the ground once more.  Rayna also ends up in a car crash and succumbs to her injuries.

Scarlett and Gunnar split up following the former meeting video director Damien George. After their friends come together to finish Rayna and Deacon's concept album, she tells Gunnar she is pregnant but does not know who the father is.

Unlike previous seasons, it will be aired in two single runs of eleven episodes. The second half of the season will see the introduction of three new faces - label boss Brad Maitland, singer-songwriter Jessie Caine and marketing expert Alyssa Greene.


Main Cast


Recurring Cast

Guest Stars


Image Title Original Airdate U.S. Viewers
(in millions)
1. "The Wayfaring Stranger" December 15, 2016 1.74 (sneak peek)
1.25 (premiere)
Plot: Rayna and Deacon face a new normal with Maddie now back home and Highway 65 struggling financially. The shocking news about Juliette creates a wave of emotions throughout Nashville and sets Rayna off on a journey of discovery.
2. "Back in Baby's Arms" January 5, 2017 1.20

Plot: Rayna approaches Deacon about making a concept album together. Scarlett can't bring herself to trust in Gunnar after all that's happened. Juliette seeks out her guardian angel.

3. "Let's Put It Back Together Again" January 12, 2017 1.11

Plot: Maddie begins an internship at a recording studio and meets a street musician. Avery struggles producing a young YouTube sensation. Juliette meets her guardian angel.

4. "Leap of Faith" January 19, 2017 0.96

Plot: Rayna receives a stunning offer from Zach Welles; Juliette seeks advanced treatment; Will and Kevin look for an apartment together.

5. "Love Hurts" January 26, 2017 0.93

Plot: Scarlett and Damien George fight over their differences; Clay and Maddie's relationship builds; Clay shows Maddie a different part of town.

6. "A Little Bit Stronger" February 2, 2017 0.75

Plot: Rayna and Deacon beef up their home security after Rayna's encounter with Carl Hockney; Juliette draws closer to her guardian angel, Hallie; Avery leaps back into performing.

7. "Hurricane" February 9, 2017 0.77

Plot: Rayna and Deacon struggle to write their album; Maddie and Daphne create a disturbance at home; Damien apologizes to Scarlett; Scarlett and Gunnar question their relationship.

8. "Stand Beside Me" February 16, 2017 0.83

Plot: Rayna and Deacon take precautions as Hockney tests the limits of the restraining order; Juliette asks the church choir to work with her on an album; Scarlett finds herself drawn to Damien.

9. "If Tomorrow Never Comes" February 23, 2017 0.93
Plot: After her life-changing experience, Rayna scrambles to write one more song for the concept album with Deacon; Juliette's leg starts to hurt inexplicably; Gunnar fights for Scarlett.
10. "I'll Fly Away" March 2, 2017 1.12

Plot: A legal dispute threatens to break apart the family; Juliette demands to perform at the CMT Music Awards; Will and Zach are drawn closer together.

11. "Fire and Rain" March 9, 2017 0.97

Plot: Juliette helps Maddie navigate the wave of attention she receives after her performance at the CMT Music Awards; Zach demands the masters from Rayna and Deacon's unfinished album.

12. "Back in the Saddle Again" June 1, 2017


13. "'Til I Can Make It On My Own" June 8, 2017


14."(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I" June 15, 2017


15. "A Change Would Do You Good" June 22, 2017


16."Not Ready to Make Nice" June 29, 2017


17. July 6, 2017


18. July 13, 2017


19. July 20, 2017


20. Speed Trap Town July 27, 2017


21. August 3, 2017


22. August 10, 2017


Episode List

Episode Directed by Written by
"The Wayfaring Stranger" Callie Khouri Marshall Herskovitz & Ed Zwick
"Back in Baby's Arms" Callie Khouri Stephen Cragg
"Let's Put It Back Together Again" Geoffrey Nauffts Mike Binder
"Leap of Faith" Lily Mariye Savannah Dooley
"Love Hurts" Ron Lagomarsino Jesse Zwick
"A Little Bit Stronger" Stephen Cragg Richard Kramer
"Hurricane" Dan Lerner Liberty Godshall
"Stand Beside Me" Mike Binder Matthew M. Ross
"If Tomorrow Never Comes" Callie Khouri Geoffrey Nauffts
"I'll Fly Away" Dan Lerner Liberty Godshall
"Fire and Rain" Timothy Busfield Jesse Zwick
"Back in the Saddle Again"
"'Til I Can Make It On My Own"
"(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I"
"A Change Would Do You Good"
"Not Ready to Make Nice"
Michael Lohmann M. Greenwald


Albums released in or during the Season

See also: Season OneSeason TwoSeason ThreeSeason FourSeason FiveSeason Six

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