In the Nashville Season 1 finale Maddie Conrad (Lennon Stella) angrily marched over to Deacon’s (Charles Esten) house and declared that she was his daughter — something that was obviously news to the troubled singer. This revelation pushed Deke of the wagon, and ultimately led to the car crash that landed Rayna (Connie Britton) in a coma, which will make all of this so much more difficult for Maddie to process in Season 2.
Showrunner Dee Johnson chatted with TVLine all about the show’s second season, and revealed specifically how the teen is fairing in wake of these recent events. As one might expect, Maddie’s anger from last season is temporarily overtaken by the fear that she could lose her mom. “All those feelings of anger were, for a short time anyway, put on pause because of the accident,” Dee explains.
Still, finding out that the man you thought was your dad actually has no biological relationship to you and that your real pops has a serious drinking problem can’t be easy. “She’s very much confused about what she’s feeling and in what way she’s going to react to that,” Dee says of Maddie. “She’s going to be a little bit all over the place. Initially, she’s not going to seek Deacon out, and he’s not going to seek her out, for his own reasons,” Dee continues.
Thankfully though, the father-daughter freeze out won’t last long. “How could you not be drawn to wanting to know more or develop some kind of relationship with your biological father?,” Dee rhetorically asks.
Obviously this new relationship will take time to develop, but we’re happy to hear that Maddie and Deacon will eventually accept it: Do you agree?
Nashville Season 2 premieres September 25 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.