Nashville Just Aired Its Most Devastating Episode Yet

The upcoming episode is scheduled to premiere on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT first and exclusive on CMT. Yes, Rayna Jaymes, the series' main protagonist whose story fans have been following for five seasons. "And as I know (Rayna) would want it, the show must, and will go on. I wanted to make those moments as strong as possible for Rayna".

Let's just say fans didn't take it well - especially because they'd stuck with the show (and fan-favorite Britton) after Nashville was canceled by ABC in May previous year after four seasons before being resurrected by CMT. "We never know what the future holds in terms of how a character can make an influence, so I would say, "Love this show, love these characters, and keep watching" - because that spirit is always going to be a part of the show, and these wonderful Nashville characters are going to live on". This man who himself was traumatized was drawn to Rayna unconsciously because he understood she was a kindred spirit. For your magic and your dignity. Rayna dies surrounded by Daphne, Deacon and Maddie, who are singing to her. Teddy, Tandy, Lamar too.

While Rayna's condition is rapidly declining, Juliette and Avery are meeting with Juliette's doctor, who tells Juliette it's very likely her pain is psychosomatic and also happens to be the same woman who's treating Rayna. Along with countless other compatriots and combatants. Daphne's school friend, who clearly has a crush on her, convinces their teacher to bring the concert to the hospital, where Daphne and her classmates gather around Rayna's bed and serenade her. And then there's the music. T Bone, Buddy, Tim, Frankie and all the brilliant songwriters who gave Rayna a voice. 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", she gushed. It has been an honour to be a part of that creation. "Long live Rayna Jaymes". Rayna lived for you.

We knew, of course, that when her late mother showed up and talked to Rayna, it was just a matter of time. And as I know she would want it, the show must, and will go on.

Britton later also took to Instagram to mourn the death of the beloved character. It certainly makes fans wonder if she will die. To commemorate the occasion, Connie Britton wrote a heartfelt thank you note to her longtime character Rayna James. Rayna survived her auto crash from last week's episode (after surviving an earlier attack by her stalker) and seemed to be on her way to a full recovery, only to suddenly crash in the hospital, go into organ failure, and draw her last breath in the final moments of the episode.

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