There are no words. No sun in the sky. No good in the world.
Rayna James has been killed in a tragic car accident. The biggest country music star on “Nashville” is no longer alive and a part of me has died with her.
First and foremost, Connie Britton is one of the greatest character actors to ever grace cable or network television. And the best part about her acting is that, it’s like she’s not even acting. I’ve said for years it feels like Tami Taylor from “Friday Night Lights” moved to “Nashville,” left Coach Taylor and Dillon behind and started a whole new family and career.
It was rumored that Britton wouldn’t be on for “Nashville” during its entire fifth season on CMT, but she seemed to kind of dispel them throughout promotion of the show’s new life.
It was my honest hope and prayer that if the rumors about Britton leaving were true, that she would get a proper exit, not another car crash. She’s already been in a car wreck.
I desperately wanted Rayna to leave “Nashville” because she was running for the US Senate or going pop. Rayna deserved a better ending than this. The nine episodes Britton was a part of were full of her talking about Daphne’s period, tip-toeing around town because of a stalker, getting bossed around by Maddie, semi-arguing with Deacon, taking money from a billionaire and almost no interaction with Juliette Barnes.
And, of course, most of Rayna’s last episode was full of Maddie’s hyper-emotional non-drama, which is only going to get worse from here on out. They have managed to turn Maddie into the second worst teenager ever on a TV show, the first being Dana Brody on “Homeland.”
No one thought to call ex-husband and father to her children, Teddy or former fiancée and current friend Luke Wheeler. Where’s sister Tandy? Rayna had loose ends to tie up and it’s like her entire past was forgotten so she could die in the hospital. And only family was allowed in the hospital room, but Daphne’s entire middle school choir was allowed.
No. This is not how Rayna was supposed to go out.
No. No. No.
Fortunately, for fans, Britton handled the exit much better than I, dedicating an Instagram post to Rayna, the show, the creators, the fans and the music.
Classic Connie Britton.
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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