‘Nashville’ Fans React to Cliffhanger Series Finale

Did that really happen?! Nashville fans have been left wanting more after the show ended with a shocking series finale cliffhanger on Wednesday, May 25. (Spoilers ahead!)

Hayden Panettiere on Nashville.
Hayden Panettiere on Nashville. ABC/Mark Levine

While some of their plotlines were resolved in the hour-long episode, the fate of Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) remains uncertain. In the final installment of season 4, the country starlet was flying home to see her ex-husband Avery Barkley (Jonathan Jackson) and their baby daughter, Cadence, when her plane went missing. A distress call was made, but the ground crew lost contact with the flight, and the episode abruptly ended.

Earlier this month, ABC announced that the primetime drama, which premiered in 2012 and ran for four seasons, would not return to air again after Wednesday night. With no closure, Nashville devotees (nicknamed “Nashies”) are reeling over the way things ended for Panettiere’s beloved character and her family.

In the wake of the finale, fans took to social media to share their disappointment, outrage and frustration:

While Panettiere’s unknown fate didn’t sit well with some, Nashville’s production company and actor Sam Palladio (who plays singer Gunnar Scott) have hinted that the show might still go on after all.

"What a cliffhanger!" tweeted Lionsgate TV. "But we won't leave you hanging. There's more story to be told. #BringBackNashville.”

"We love you #Nashies. Me and @aubreypeeples are sad for #NashvilleFinale," Palladio wrote on Wednesday night. "But there's still hope…."

Even Connie Britton (who plays leading lady Rayna Jaymes) isn’t ruling out future seasons. Asked about the possibility of the show being picked up by a streaming service such as Hulu or Netflix, Britton told Entertainment Tonight on May 14, “You never know!”

Connie Britton in Nashville.
Connie Britton in 'Nashville.' ABC

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