On Nashville, You Can Love Who You Love

I am in love with love. Heterosexual. Homosexual. Whatever. I love it all. That’s what I was reminded of after the season finale of Nashville on Wednesday night (May 14).

Let’s start with the inevitable — the it-had-to-happen-sooner-or-later love between Rayna and Deacon.

Yes, Luke proposed to Rayna. And, yes, she gave him a yes … of sorts. (It was all very Spontaneous Combustion, circa 1996. Google it. You’ll see.) But later, when Deacon barged into her place late at night and gave her back the engagement ring he’d offered her years ago, she just gave in. And she was all in, if you know what I mean.

“I know how to love you now. I can be a husband, I can be a father. You and me, right? That’s how it’s supposed to be. You know that,” he told her before he gave her the deepest, most meaningful kiss of the season.

You kind of knew that was coming, especially when Deacon and Rayna were talking about the music business earlier in the episode, and she said, “I sure as hell wish it was the way it used to be.” Technically, she was talking about business. But I think by “it,” she also meant her relationship with Deacon.

Now onto the homosexual part of the episode. After much soul-searching and crying and the living of a lie, Will finally had the guts to go to his new wife Layla and tell her, “I’m gay. I’m so sorry.”

But while that news may tear Layla up inside, I was jumping up and down. If he comes out on the verge of country music superstardom — even just the fictional kind — that will open so many doors for guys and girls like Will. “Love who you love,” as Kacey Musgraves says.

And while there was no actual makeup sex, there were plenty of makeups. Avery forgave Juliette for sleeping with Jeff. Scarlett and Gunnar forgave each other for everything. Avery forgave Scarlett for catching him getting drunk in his underwear. Rayna forgave Juliette for the Jeff debacle.

And Jeff? Well, nobody ever really forgives Jeff. As Rayna put it so eloquently, “If he wants a war, he’ll get a war.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.