We lost Rayna Jaymes and while she can never be replaced, there are still a lot of reasons to watch Nashville.
How will Daphne and Maddie deal with losing their mother? The former is so young and the latter didn't even get to say good-bye.
How will Deacon handle losing the love of his life? Will he go back to drinking?
What will happen with Highway 65? Rayna loved her label and sacrificed everything for it.
These are just a few of the questions left unanswered after the amazing and talented Connie Britton departed the series.
Read on for more reasons to keep watching.
Remember Nashville returns June 1st at 9/8 Central on CMT.
To See How The Characters Move On
Rayna's death affected every single one of the characters in a different and very personal way. Deacon lost his wife and the mother of his child. Not to mention, his whole career was tangled up with hers. Maddie and Daphne lost their mother at a time when they both need her more than ever. Scarlett lost the woman she's considered an aunt and mentor for years. Juliette lost her former rival turned mentor. Will and Avery have both worked professionally with Rayna. People grieve differently and I'm hoping we will see that here as these characters try to move on from such a tragic, unexpected loss.
It's True To Life
I don't mean to be blunt but people die. It's very sad but it happens everyday. Death is inevitable. You can't ignore it; you can't run from it. You have to deal with it. Why not practice dealing with it by watching very attractive actors grieve and attempt to move on with their fictional lives on Thursdays on CMT?
Nashville is known for its amazing original music, but it has also prefected numerous well-known covers. Remember Daphne and Maddie's cover of Ho Hey? Or the Wayfaring Stranger (performed by Zoey in season 2) and an old blind man Rayna met earlier this season? As for originals, some of my favorites are If I Didn't Know Better, Wrong Song and Don't Put Dirt On My Grave Just Yet. Nashville has a way of providing a soundtrack that is not only relevant to whatever a certain character is going through at that moment but also relevant in real life.
The status of Nashville power couple has officially shifted to Juliette and Avery but can they handle it? Rayna and Deacon loved each other all of their adult lives and they still struggled with it. Juliette and Avery are trying to navigate their on-again/off-again relationship while raising a baby, juggling two careers and recovering physically, emotionally and mentally from a plane crash.
To Watch The Other Females Step Up
Nashville has always been a female-driven show with Rayna as the focal point. I expect that to continue with Juliette, Scarlett and maybe even Maddie stepping up to take the reins. Juliette seems the most poised as she's strong, confident and not afraid of the spotlight. Scarlett isn't one to demand attention but she's gotten more assertive every season. Still, her pregnancy will most likely take priority over her career for the time being. Maddie wants to make that leap but is she ready? My guess is she has a lot of maturing to do still.
Scarlett's Baby Daddy Drama
It's been done before — not even that long ago on Nashville with Juliette, Jeff and Avery — but the baby daddy drama is here again. Personally, I hope the baby is Gunnar's. I know he and Scarlett have a myriad of issues but they actually seem pretty perfect for each other; they're both sweet, sincere, soft-spoken musicians looking for love in all the wrong places. Hopefully, one day they'll figure out how to make it work.