The show's Season 5 extended trailer dropped on Friday, teasing what's shaping up to be the juiciest season yet. Right off the bat, the two-minute preview heartbreakingly shows that Juliette is the sole survivor of her terrifying plane crash, after a preview earlier this month showed a frightened Juliette in the plane as it's going down.
But the road to recovery is a long one. A doctor tells Juliette that it might take months before she "could feel anything," to which she sullenly replies, "or never."
Meanwhile, Rayna (Connie Britton) is dealing with a creepy stalker, and also arguing with Deacon (Charles Esten) about her desire to write a concept album. Other faves struggling in relationships include Will (Chris Carmack), who appears to be caught in a romantic triangle, as well as Scarlett (Clare Bowen) and Gunnar (Sam Palladio), who are struggling with keeping both their personal and professional relationship intact.
Nashville's two-hour premiere airs Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET on CMT, after which it will live on Hulu.
"We've watched this woman go through hell, and we’ve watched her descend into hell," Hershkovitz said. "Now she’s gone through a literal hell with this plane crash, and I think that would have a profound effect on anybody."
"For us as dramatists, the opportunity … was to watch what happens to a human being who has to live through that," he added. "That's gold, dramatically speaking. Without speaking directly to what the story is going to be, Juliette is definitely on a journey and we’re going to see real changes in her life."