Charles Esten Shares Thoughts on Final Season of “Nashville”—”All I Can Feel Is Fortunate and Blessed”

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Charles Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne on the CMT series “Nashville,” made an early morning appearance on the “Today Show” Thursday (Jan. 4) to talk about the upcoming final season of the show and perform a song he co-wrote with Charlie Worsham, “Looking For The Light,” which Deacon will perform later in the season.

The actor sat down with hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager to share his thoughts on the end of his six year run.

“It is hard, but all I can feel is fortunate and blessed,” Charles told the hosts. “I feel so grateful for the years we’ve had. I also feel grateful—for a second there we thought we were done two seasons ago, so these extra two seasons—and to get to know that we’re done, that means they can write us out the way they want to write us out, it means for all of us on the show, the cast and the crew, get to love on each other and be kind to each other for the remaining eight episodes we’re going to be shooting. We’re about half way done with the season and then that will be that.”


But when Hoda and Jenna tried to get the inside scoop on Deacon’s fate this season… well, we didn’t get much.

“I wish I could tell you exactly. First of all, I don’t know all the way to the very end,” Charles revealed. “That’s been the story from the very beginning. I started out a real mess. Rayna James helped pull me back together and the question now is if she pulled me back together enough to go on without her. And that’s what we’re finding.”

So? We know nothing more. We’ll just have to tune in Thursday night (Jan. 4) on CMT when the new season premieres, to check out Deacon’s fate.