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King Sadness of Sadville: Deacon Claybourne (Chip Eston)
In a cast of sad bastards, Deacon Claybourne is the writer’s favorite punching bag. He is the Charlie Brown of this universe, and Rayna James is the football. Whether losing her to his alcoholism, his long-time rival, or his own body trying to eat itself, this man can’t catch a break. It’s a testament to willpower that his hasn’t just crawled back into a Jim Bean to die face down in the gutter.
- Donna Dickens