“It’s weird for me, because I’m dead, but I’m here. Do you know what I’m saying?” Britton adorably said.
But late-night host Stephen Colbert had two specific ideas on how Britton’s alter ego could be resurrected: Rayna could come back as an evil twin or insert zombies into the mix!
"I think these are great ideas actually. You're so smart!” the former Friday Night Lights star said, before confirming that Rayna is 100 percent dead. “She's really dead. I'm sorry, but I gotta tell it like it is. She's really dead. But, I think the twin sister idea is not bad. I mean, it's Nashville, anything could happen.”
“What if the long-lost twin sister comes back? Oh, and she's such a devil. She's such a devil, she'll come back and be horrible,” Britton continued, seeming more into the idea the more she talked about it.
Though the likelihood of Britton coming back to Nashville in any official capacity remains to be seen, we can all dream, right?
"I would just say to my fans, first of all, that I love you so much. This show loves you so much,” Britton told her fans, echoing her sentiments in a letter she posted last Thursday. “Rayna will live on forever. I feel so fortunate that I was able to play that character. Truly, with all my heart, I love that character so much. And just like when we lose somebody in our lives, the spirit lives on."
Nashville executive producer Marshall Herskovitzspoke to ET about the difficult decision to kill Rayna off, saying it was borne out of Britton’s desire to move on creatively.
“When CMT picked up the show [in June 2016], Connie Britton came to [co-showrunner] Ed Zwick and myself and said that she was very torn, but that she felt that creatively, she needed to move on with her life,” he said. “[She] felt bad about it because she loved the show and loved everyone who worked on the show. But it felt [like], on some level, that she needed to find other challenges, which is something I understand and sympathize with.”
For more on Britton’s exit, watch the video below.