Did Nashville Just Kill Off Rayna James?

Has Rayna James (Connie Britton) sung her swan song on Nashville?

Ever since Nashville was rescued from ABC cancellation by CMT last year, many have speculated that Britton was leaving because she had reportedly only committed to doing 10 episodes of the 22-episode fifth season. And Thursday's episode (the eighth in the season) may have validated those rumors, as the show appeared to kill off its star in the final moments.

Rayna has certainly survived her share of hardship over the course of four-plus seasons, and on Thursday, she appeared to dodge another bullet -- or a knife, as it were. After being released from prison, Rayna's stalker, Carl Hockney (Linds Edwards), first takes up residence outside her and Deacon's (Charles Esten) house and then somehow manages to break into the offices of Highway 65, where he comes after the country diva with a knife. Luckily, her security team arrives just in the nick of time and tackles Hockney as he puts the blade to Rayna's throat.

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But then, just when Nashville fans had been led into a false sense of security, the police car that's escorting Rayna home after her harrowing evening gets T-boned by a pickup truck. And judging by the preview of next week's episode, Rayna is, at the very least, seriously injured in the crash -- if not worse.


However, this certainly wouldn't be the first time Rayna has walked away from a bad accident. In the Season 1 finale, she and Deacon were involved in a wreck that left her in a coma for the first part of Season 2. Could she be so lucky a second time?

What do you think, Nashville fans? Would the show really kill off Rayna James?

Nashville airs Thursdays at 9/8c on CMT, with episodes available on Hulu the day after broadcast.

This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Feb 18, 2017

No she hasn't been killed off. The synopsis for next week's show says " Rayna scrambles to write one more song for the concept album w/ Deacon".
I was so happy when I heard CMT was bringing the show back but then sad because I heard Connie Britton was only supposed to be in a few. Yet she has been in all 9 episodes so far. Which makes me very happy.
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Feb 17, 2017
Hopefully she was killed off. Connie Britton can do so much better than shitty Nashville. It was never a good show! I want to see her back on AHS!
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Feb 17, 2017
It would make perfect sense. After Nashville had been cancelled she said in an interview that she and her family had sold everything there and already located back to LA and that she was looking forward to new things. I doubt she reversed all that when CMT brought the show back from the grave.
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Feb 17, 2017
Talk about a shit show, AHS is the worst...
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Feb 18, 2017
Meh.
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