Well that was both expected and unexpected, and it was also completely devastating.
Nashville just killed Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton). She spent the entire episode in a hospital bed after her car crash last week, and at first it seems like things were going to be OK. She had a shattered pelvis and a few other injuries, but no bleeding in her brain or anything like that.
Then, as one daughter sang for her and the other was rushing to get back to the hospital, Rayna crashed, and she never fully recovered. Apparently her organs were failing, and pretty soon everyone knew that Rayna would most likely not survive. Everyone had a moment to say goodbye, including Maddie (Lennon Stella), who made it back just in time.
Even Juliette (Hayden Panetierre) stopped by and helped break some hearts. "All I ever wanted was for you to be proud of me," she whispered to the dying Rayna.
And unless you're made of stone, you were probably also crying as Maddie, Daphne (Maisie Stella), and Deacon (Charles Esten) sang to Rayna, just before she flatlined.
It was, in a word, awful.
Rumors have been circulating for months that Britton wouldn't stay on the show for long. After the show moved to CMT following cancellation by ABC, Britton only signed on for 10 out of the 22 episodes.
Britton told TVLine that it was her decision to leave, saying, "It was something that had been percolating over time, and there were lots of different reasons behind it. But my priority was really making sure that the timing was right. My priority has always been Nashville."
She also headed to Instagram immediately after the episode aired on the east coast to say a few thank yous.
Did you see this coming? Are you inconsolable? Sound off in the comments!
Nashville airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on CMT.