"Nashville" just said goodbye forever to one of your favourite characters


By Sammy Stewart

Fans of Nashville better get the tissues ready, 'cos we've said goodbye to a character that tbh felt like family to us.

In news that quite frankly we will never get over, in the latest episode of the country music drama (which just aired in the US), Connie Britton's Rayna James took her last breath, and sadly passed away.

Rayna succumbed to complications from injuries caused by her shocking car accident in the previous episode. After undergoing a first, successful surgery, her second, heart-breakingly, couldn't save her from her injuries and her organs failed.

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For all y'all who can't resist spoilers, here's what we know so far about Queen Rayna's final hours:

As with many TV deaths, at first, it seems like she's going to be OK...

Her and Deacon even write a song together! But then Rayna starts having conversations with her late mother, which leads Deacon to panic. “The way she said it, it freaked me out,” he says. “You hear stories about the white light and people calling from beyond and all that, I just, I got a little nervous.”

She has some emotional heart-to-hearts...

Rayna has deep and meaningfuls with Juliette, Scarlett and Daphne before she dies. Cries forever

Via Entertainment Tonight

She dies as Daphne, Maddie and Deacon start singing to her...

Her three closest loves start singing a prayer song for their mum/wife after the doctors deliver news that she's only being kept alive by machines. She flatlines during the performance. </3

Via Entertainment Weekly

Since the life-ruining episode aired, the former Friday Night Lights fave has spoken to several outlets about her decision to leave.

"It was my decision. It was something that, for various reasons, had been percolating for me. What was really important to me was that it felt like the right time," she told The Hollywood Reporter.

"Toward the last couple days, which is when we shot the really intense scenes in the ICU and the one where Rayna actually dies, nobody could get through them without crying," she added. "Saying goodbye is really hard."

"We could not get through it. Those blessed girls — who I love with every ounce of my being — they could not get through the song," Connie told Entertainment Weekly, "I don’t know how many takes we did where they couldn’t sing more than three words of the song. It took awhile. I’m laying there, supposedly dying, and I had tears pouring down my cheeks. It was a very tough week. There were a lot of tears all around. The crew, as well."

Gah! And if you still can't quite believe this is really happening, prepare to cry forever over Connie Britton's official goodbye messages:

Well, that's that then. Screw you, television. RIP Rayna James.

If it's any consolation, at least we're not alone in our grief: