Connie BrittonSpoiler Alert:
Connie Britt’s character of Rayna James was expected to be killed off the show, but the details of ‘how’ weren’t revealed until Thursday night’s episode aired on CMT. (Watch on Hulu Now)

 

During the story’s progression, Rayna was able to have dramatic moments with her daughters and on-screen husband Deacon (Charles Esten). There was also a sentimental moment Britton’s character shares with Juliette (Hayden Panettiere).

 

Britton recently stated in an interview, “I’ll be watching and cheering alongside all of you,” she added in the statement. “Thanks for the honor of these 5 years.”

 

After the episode aired, the actress made the following social media post below.

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

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