Nashville sway fans to the core last week after killing off their main characterRayna Jaymes in a astounding, and poignant, death scene.

Although there were some rumors thatConnie Britton, who plays Rayna on the establish, was considering leaving to seek other projects , no one visualized CMT would actually “lets get going” of their leading lady and thats thanks to Brittons stealthiness.

It was tough, Britton told The Huffington Post of deterring her difference trade secrets during a Build Series interview on Tuesday. Right before shooting was initiated in Season 5, the actress spoke with showrunner Marshall Herskovitz about whether they could possibly tantalized Raynas death, but they ultimately decided to keep fans out of the loop.

There were rumors swimming around and beings requesting about it and I merely had to be a little improvisational about it. It was not easy, tells applied it that way, she pronounced. As sad as that episode was, I think it was really important for the devotees to have that ordeal in real-time. To me, leaving the reveal was only something that I could consider doing if I felt like the indicate was in a really great plaza, which it is now on CMT and we have these wonderful showrunners. But too, really doing justice and reputation these personas, first and foremost, Rayna Jaymes, but also all the other references on the show, like Deacon, Daphne and Maddie this wonderful family and parish of characters. That was priority No. 1. Thats how we had to do it.

A still from Season 5, Episode 10, of “Nashville, ” peculiarity Eric Close, Charles Esten, and Lennon and Maisy Stella.

Britton told Entertainment Weekly that both personal and inventive parts played a role in her decided not to departure Nashville. But no matter her alternative, she wanted to make sure Raynas end would make sense for the nature and the sequence as a whole.

Trust me, I did not want to die. I pronounced, Is there any method we could do this without actually expiring? Thats so extreme! But really thought about it, Rayna would never leave her family. She would never leave Deacon, she would never “re just leaving her” daughters, so there really wasnt any other alternative, Britton told HuffPost of trying to find any other way to wrap up Raynas story arc.

During Episode 9 of Season 5, Rayna after living a stalker assault and auto clang dies from complications following surgery as her daughters, Maddie and Daphne( Lennon and Maisy Stella ), and spouse, Deacon( Charles Esten ), are by her line-up. Although theres no chance that Rayna will come back to life this isnt American Horror Story she will appear in future scenes.

I am in some occurrences coming up in flashbacks, circumstances like that that you havent looked. Again, the key here is Rayna is such an important part of the world that we created in Nashville, but that will continue to be so as we move on, Britton added. And these references are all so beloved now its because of the love that the display has continued on. I fantasize the depict will just continue to get better and better and the spirit of Rayna is always going to be there.

Nashville airs Thursdays at 9 p. m. ET on CMT. Watch the full Build Series interview with Connie Britton below .