WARNING: Numerous spoilers ahead for Nashville Season 5, Episode 9.

After last weeks Nashville episode, many followers were worried that Connie Brittons reputation Rayna Jaymes might not make it through Season 5. Well, turns out they were right.

In a poignant spin, after Rayna subsisted a stalker attempt, a gondola accident and disaster surgery, everyones favorite on-screen country vocalist, father and sidekick died following medical complications in the final moments of Thursdays episode. Smothered by her longtime affection Deacon( Charles Esten) and her daughters Maddie and Daphne( Lennon and Maisy Stella ), Rayna quietly, but prematurely, alleged goodbye and Nashies everywhere lost it.

But Britton herself made sure to let the fans know right off how much playing Rayna has meant to her over the years, and how their carry let this history is to know. The actress took to Instagram after the occurrence aired to share the following mention and photo 😛 TAGEND

Thank you Rayna Jaymes. For your sorcery and your glory. And thank you to all the creators of Rayna Jaymes, for there used to be numerous. Callie Khouri, who handed her life. Deacon, Maddie, Daphne, who determined her as their own families. Teddy, Tandy, Lamar more. Juliette, Scarlett, Bucky and the people who crafted her into a business wife. Along with countless other countrymen and combatants. And then of course the gang of Nashville who delivered her to life, every gang member in every department who established Rayna live each week.

And then theres the music. T Bone, Buddy, Tim, Frankie and all the bright songwriters who dedicated Rayna a tone. There was no music, and no Rayna, without you.

But eventually and most importantly, the devotees. You constructed Rayna. You substantiated her and affection her and caused her brainchild just as she was able to invigorate you. You were the vigour generator, the strength behind her body and soul and life. Rayna lived for you. And, from the degrees of my nerve, 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 demonstrate must, and will go on. Long live Rayna Jaymes. #RIPRayna #NashvilleCMT

Britton too spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the destructive occurrence, explaining that, yes, she was ready to move on, but it had nothing to do with the displays move from ABC to CMT.

It actually felt like we would be in a good home and this would be the time to start talking about Raynas departure, she answered.[ Showrunner] Marshall[ Herskovitz] came up with this story and it find right. I told him, I want to do justice to this reference, this persona shes so special to me. Im kind of choked up even talking to you. Rayna symbolizes so much better to me and so does the gathering of Nashville and to me that was priority number 1. Whatever we did had to reputation the character and honor the appearance and feel like we were doing it right.

Although it was reported that salary was a factor in government decisions, Britton totally shot down that idea.

No, coin was not a factor. I fantasize[ the length of era] had something to do with it, she remarked. As performers we ever want to keep defying ourselves. Make me just say there were a lot of reasons. Some of them were personal and some were inventive, and Im perhaps not going to get much more detailed than that. There were a lot of things at romp, and ultimately it was about reaching sure the prove was in a good place.

Nashville will, of course, continue on without Britton, as virtuosoes like Hayden Panettiere, Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, Chris Carmack, Esten and the Stella sisters are still on board. But Rayna Jaymes, the heart and soul of the prove, will be sorely missed.

Brittons co-stars constituted sure to remind the devotees of that by posting salutes to Rayna on social media.

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