In an exclusive sneak peek at this season’s finale episode of Nashville, cancer-stricken Deacon (Charles Esten) is panicking about dying right before heading into a liver transplant surgery – thanks to a donation from his sister Beverly (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson) – that could potentially save his life.
With Rayna (Connie Britton) by his bedside, Deacon frantically proposes to her, believing he may not have another chance to do so after having premonitions of being buried.
“Marry me,” he pleads. “Right here, right now, before I go in there I want you to get married to me.”
He suggests they get a chaplain to marry them on the spot, but Rayna takes the whole thing in stride and tries to soothe his anxiety.
“I need you to listen to me,” she says calmly. “I’ve been watching you these last couple of days, and I know you’ve got it in your head somewhere that you’re not going to get through this – the way you’ve been with Beverly, the way you’re pulling people in close to you – but you are.”
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Deacon then tells Rayna about his very vivid dreams of dying.
“I’m having these dreams,” he says. “You’ve got to listen to me. Real as day I dreamt it. I’m on the table, I’m in the ground.”
While Rayna has no doubt she wants to spend the rest of her life with Deacon, she knows this is not the way she wants to start the next phase of their lives.
“You know what? I’ve got dreams, too,” she counters. “About you and me getting old together, and we got these girls, and I dream about us raising them up.”
Nashville airs Wednesdays (10 p.m. ET) on ABC.