Since about 9:00 last night, the Internet has been blowing up with emotional posts about the most recent episode of Nashville. Unfortunately for me, CMT isn't included in my cable package so I didn't have the chance to watch the episode when it aired for the first time. However, thanks to the Internet, I was attacked by spoiler posts while casually scrolling through Instagram and my heart broke into a million pieces. Once I was able to form words in my head, I think my first thought to myself was "WHO DOES THAT?!?!?!" (referring to the show writers and not the spoiler alert because hey, it's the Internet and I should've known better).
It's been known for some time that Connie Britton had shown interest in leaving the cast, but I am definitely not a fan of the decision to kill off an icon that's been there from the very first episode and made such an impact in the success of the show. That being said, I don't see Nashville being picked up for a sixth season. Taking into consideration that Rayna Jaymes is no longer in the picture and remembering how hard the fans fought for the show to be picked up by another network after ABC announced they'd be dropping it from their lineup, I think the show has run its course. However, the current season isn't over and CMT hasn't yet made a statement about whether or not they plan on picking up the show for a sixth season.
One of the most amazing things about these actors, in my opinion, is that they truly bring their characters to life both on the set and in real life. The cast posted some emotional reactions to Rayna's death as the episode aired last night...read them and try not to cry. Because let's be real I teared up a little bit.