‘Nashville’ Star Exits In Tragic Plot Twist, Reflects On 4.5-Season Run & Its End

SPOILER ALERT: The story includes sum about tonight’s part of Nashville and Tuesday’s part of This Is Us.

It’s been a tough week for fans of fatty family play series. After This Is Us‘ William mislaid his conflict with cancer in a Memphis sanatorium Tuesday, Nashville‘s Rayna tonight upheld divided in another Tennessee sanatorium 200 miles away. The part outlines Nashville star Connie Britton’s depart from a nation song play after 4 and a half seasons.

Britton had been a star and romantic core of Nashville given a series’ 2012 launch on ABC, with Hayden Panettiere as a co-lead, personification a bratty prohibited new nation starlet Juliette to Britton’s vanishing luminary Rayna. When ABC surprisingly canceled a nation song play in May after 4 seasons, and it later was picked adult by CMT, Britton, who was still underneath a contract, approached new showrunners Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick with a ask to leave for personal and veteran reasons. They thankful and recognised a final arc for Rayna, culminating in her genocide tonight, dual episodes before Nashville’s midseason finale. (For some-more on that and because Rayna had to die, review my talk with Nashville producers Friday morning.)


Britton’s Rayna landed in a sanatorium after a military automobile she was roving in — after entrance face-to-face with her stalker — was strike by a truck. While she survived a pile-up and successive surgery, Rayna eventually succumbed to her injuries after being means to contend goodbye to her children, Deacon and everybody else who had been tighten to her, and removing a revisit from her late mom, played by Carla Gugino, in a hallucination.

“Playing Rayna has been a payoff and a deeply enriching knowledge for me,” Britton pronounced in a statement. “I am going to skip her grace, persistence and feistiness. And I’m perpetually beholden and gladdened to a unbelievably gifted expel and crew, and to a Nashville village among whom we have had a respect to work. And afterwards there are a fans. Wow. I’m so shamed by a implausible fans for their invariable passion and commitment. They are a reason a uncover exists, and a reason a uncover will continue. I’ll be examination and entertaining alongside all of you. Thanks for a respect of these 5 years.”

Speculation about a tentative Britton depart from Nashville — constructed by Lionsgate TV, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment — strong progressing this commander deteriorate when a Emmy-nominated Friday Night Lights and American Horror Story alumna was approached with commander offers.

In an disdainful video for Deadline, Britton talks about what drew her to a purpose of Rayna James and shares her thoughts about Rayna’s flitting and a destiny of Nashville. “That was a tough week of shooting, I’ll tell we that,” Britton says about filming tonight’s episode. “It was tough to get by those days but everybody being in tears.”