Nashville stars Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack sat down with Billboard’s Kevan Kenney to discuss what fans can expect from the final episodes of their hit television show, and to reflect upon their experiences both living and working in the country music capital.
One key topic that Carmack discusses regarding his character Will Lexington is his health scare, which will come to a head in the mid-season finale. “There’s a lot going on with Will right now and it stems primarily from this break-up that he had at the end of last season,” he explains. “He runs into his ex. His ex is dating some young, buff-looking guy…it causes a lot of insecurity in him that he’s probably never felt before. Now, Will also isn’t fronting a musical act any more. He’s not up there on stage, people aren’t cheering for him the way he once was. He feels forgotten. He feels invisible.”
He adds that Will’s reaction to the situation is to focus on working out and turning to “illicit substances” and that in the upcoming episode, his character is “starting to really reel from it” and is beginning to have some heart palpitations from his steroid usage. “I think all the drug use is really gonna catch up with him,” he says, “especially here in the mid-season finale.”