Credit: Chris Hollo/ABC Photo: Scarlett Gets Support From Her Friend Zoey in Nashville Season 2, Episode 1: “I Fall to Pieces”

Nashville Season 2 started with a bang last night as Rayna (Connie Britton) awoke from her coma, Gunnar (Sam Palladio) set Scarlett’s (Clare Bowen) couch on fire, and Deacon (Charles Esten) was freed from the clink. Although we only got to meet one fresh face — that of Scarlett's friend Zoey played by Chaley Rose — in the premiere, there are several other new characters coming our way as the season soldiers on.

Let’s take a look at some of the newbies headed to Music City in Season 2!

Zoey (Chaley Rose) - We first met Zoey, a childhood friend of Scarlett's, in the Season 2 premiere. Zoey accepts a job at the Bluebird with her bestie, but now that Scar is off to record her own album Zoey is left to fend for herself. Still, we have a feeling it won’t be long before Zo, a budding musician in her own right, follows in her friend’s footsteps. She did move to Nashville after all!

Jeff Fordham (Oliver Hudson) - Though Jeff — the new chief of Edgehill records — was mentioned in the premiere, we won’t meet him until Episode 2. As can be expected, new management means new conflicts. While Rayna and Jeff hit if off and even get a tad romantic, the new head honcho isn’t as pleased with Juliette (Hayden Panettiere). And despite his fondness for Rayna, Jeff isn’t exactly supportive of the country superstar’s desire to launch her own label.

Luke Wheeler (Will Chase) - The Smash alum will once again be putting his pipes to good use, this time as an A-list country star who also woes Rayna. Damn girl, slow down! Speaking of Rayna and Luke’s relationship, showrunner Dee Johnson has said, “Rayna does get involved with… a musical star of equal or greater stature, which proves interesting.” Interesting indeed!

Layla Grant (Ashley Peeples) - Another character we will meet soon is Layla, a 19-year-old gal who found fame on a singing competition show and is a big threat to Juliette, who doesn’t feel that Layla has paid her dues. “No matter how young you are, there's always somebody younger nipping at your heels,” Dee explained to TV Guide. It’s about time Juliette get’s a taste for what Rayna’s been going through.

Are you psyched for these new characters, or is Nashville at its best when dealing only with the core cast? Tell us your thoughts below!

Nashville airs on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

Source: TV Guide