For everyone out there interested in getting the spotlight on Gunnar, Nashville season 5 episode 20 is going to be your chance to see it. This is a huge episode for Sam Palladio, and one where he’ll see how a toxic past ended up further shaping his future. There should be some great character development, and for those curious, the title here of “Speed Trap Town” is a reference to a song by Jason Isbell. If you haven’t heard that before, you can listen to it below — consider that a great way to jump further into the story for this painful, emotional, and hopefully interesting hour.
Elsewhere in this installment, expect to see plenty of emotion from Scarlett as she tries to find a better way to care for herself following the robbery — that is the sort of event that makes you start to question everything in your life, including how you are going to take care of yourself in moments of crisis.
Nashville season 5 episode 20 synopsis – “Gunnar visits his hometown and faces the ghosts of his past; Maddie and Juliette get nominated for the same American Music Award; Deacon helps Jessie record; Scarlett learns self-defense.”
So in the midst of all of this super-serious stuff (which includes the aftermath of Scarlett’s miscarriage), why throw in there a story about the American Music Awards? What purpose does that provide? The only thing that we can offer as a response to that is that it could offer up a chance to have a little bit of a classic Nashville rivalry that goes back to the earlier seasons when Rayna James (RIP) was still alive and Juliette was the next big thing. In bringing Maddie to this place, the show is coming full circle and Juliette will understand what it was like to be in Rayna’s position. She already knows a thing or two about the feeling that comes with being threatened career-wise; that is one of the reasons that she lied about Maggie’s song and opted to take it for herself instead. She didn’t want to run any risk that all of a sudden, she wouldn’t be considered the star worthy of all of the best material.
Beyond Nashville season 5 episode 20
In looking further past this episode, remember that we’re in the home stretch of the season. There is a season 6 for Nashville confirmed, so don’t expect anything to be tied up neatly in a little bow. We instead anticipate more acceleration of stories leading to some sort of epic cliffhanger. After all, few shows do cliffhangers anywhere near as intense as the ones that this show does. It’ll make you nervous, but then also hyped to see where the future of the show lies.
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Also, head over here in the event you’re down for some further news on tonight’s episode. Tomorrow, there will be an update posted on the latest ratings for the series — it’s a weekly tradition around these parts. (Photo: CMT.)