This post contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Nashville, including last night’s 2x10, “Tomorrow Never Comes."
Juliette and Avery have shared a beautiful friendship in Nashville Season 2, but last night's midseason finale (2x10, “Tomorrow Never Comes”) brought the revelation that Juliette, at least, is interested in embarking on a much deeper relationship. While the episode's biggest cliffhangers involved two potential deaths, that last Juliette/Avery scene is what's got me dying to see the next episode. But we'll get to that.
You see, after many episodes of buildup (and this is pretty incredible for Nashville, which hasn't often taken a lot of time to set up new relationships), at the end of last week's episode, it seemed to dawn on Juliette that maybe the reason she never felt satisfied by meaningless hookups was because she wanted a real relationship with someone who really knew and understood her (like Avery!).
So from their first scene in last night's episode, when we learn Juliette specifically requested Avery come back to work with her, I knew there was a deeper meaning to their interactions for Juliette. And sure enough, the way Juliette turned to Avery for help on stage when her fans turned against her and the way he immediately stepped up to sing with her (can they do that forever and ever, please?) to help her calm down further illustrated both their natural chemistry (and hot damn but they have BUCKETS of it) and Juliette's growing confidence in their bond.
Really, after their post-performance chat—in which Juliette confessed to breaking up Charlie Wentworth's marriage after all and Avery not only didn't blame her but comforted her—I should have seen that final scene between them coming. But I squeed anyway when she went to Avery, quite obviously planning to place her heart at his feet...only to find he wasn't alone. Because of course he's seeing Scarlett again. Ack! Except...
Was it just me or were Avery's eyes a little shiny? I do believe they were, and that maybe, just maybe, he feels exactly the same about Juliette, despite having decided to give things another go with Scarlett (probably because he thought Juliette had placed him firmly in her friend zone, which...she totally had!).
Look, I ship it hard and have for a while now (look for a post on why, exactly, before the show resumes), so I LOVED this development. My only concern is that the show might pick up speed with the relationship now instead of letting it develop as naturally as they have been. I think Avery and Juliette have the potential to be end game, so I'd hate to see that dashed by a too-quick exploration of them as a couple.
But how are you feeling about this duo's prospects? Did this turn take you by surprise? Are you in favor of seeing them give romance a try now or sometime down the road?
*Note: The above image is actually not from last night's episode, but from another time they looked incredibly hot on stage. Here's hoping we get even more of that at some point.
ETA 12/12 at 4:16pm — character name mixup fixed
ETA2 12/12 at 5:30pm: ABC has posted the “Trouble Is” scene! Enjoy.
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