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.
Thank you Rayna Jaymes. For your magic and your dignity. And thank you to all the creators of Rayna Jaymes, for there were many. Callie Khouri, who gave her life. Deacon, Maddie, Daphne, who shaped her as her family. Teddy, Tandy, Lamar too. Juliette, Scarlett, Bucky and the ones who crafted her into a business woman. Along with countless other compatriots and combatants. And then of course the crew of “Nashville" who brought her to life, every crew member in every department who made Rayna live each week. And then there’s the music. T Bone, Buddy, Tim, Frankie and all the brilliant songwriters who gave Rayna a voice. There was no music, and no Rayna, without you. But finally and most importantly, the fans. You made Rayna. You supported her and loved her and gave her inspiration just as she was able to inspire you. You were the energy source, the power behind her heart and soul and life. Rayna lived for you. And, from the depths of my heart, I thank you, for her and for me. It has been an honor to be a part of that creation. And as I know she would want it, the show must, and will go on. Long live Rayna Jaymes. #RIPRayna #NashvilleCMT
I took this picture almost 5 years ago on my first day of shooting #nashville with @conniebritton. I was already a fan. Now, after all this time, she's my friend. And I'm an even bigger fan. I'm grateful for every scene, and for every song, and I wish her nothing but the very best. ✨ #deaconandrayna
My mascara is ruined....#NashvilleCMT— Sam Palladio (@SamPalladio) February 24, 2017
connie has taught me everything i know as an actor. she has been a set mother to me since i was 8. she has been someone i look up to so much. Rayna James is a character that inspired and changed people's lives. I love you. RIP Rayna. And thank you Connie for being such an amazing person. Yoby is a lucky boy.