11:45am PT by Kate Stanhope
'Nashville': Season 4 Poster Hints at Deacon's Fate (Exclusive Photo)
Nashville's season-four key art is showing major signs of life.
Although Rayna (Connie Britton) is front and center in the new poster for the returning ABC drama, all eyes are on Deacon (Charles Esten), who looks alive and well in the wake of season three's heart-stopping — pun intended — season-three cliff-hanger.
In the finale, Rayna's main man went under the knife to receive a liver transplant from his sister, Beverly (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson). A flat line popped up during their joint surgery, but viewers were left wondering who died.
However, Deacon's fate is still not crystal clear, considering his somber all-black ensemble. In contrast, Rayna and Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) look ready for the spotlight in shimmering dresses.
Check out the exclusive image below.
The new season of Nashville premieres Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 10 p.m. on ABC.