Shonda Rhimes Shares Thoughts On Finale

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ATTENTION, FANS: We didn't kill Denny, but we can tell you who did.

Shonda Rhimes, the creator and executive producer of Grey's Anatomy, sat down with TV Guide's Mich
Shonda Rhimes Shares Thoughts On Finale
ael Ausiello and discussed the show's compelling season finale. The woman behind Seattle Grace Hospital and its stellar staff talked about Denny, her favorite parts of the season-ending extravaganza, the show's move to Thursday night, and more.

No big Season Three hints, but one thing's for sure - what we saw Sunday and Monday was all part of Shonda's master plan, with more drama yet to come! We've posted the interview below!

TV GUIDE: Was it a difficult decision to kill off Denny?

SHONDA: Well, he was written to die. I knew what was going to happen when we created the character. But it was hard because he became such a part of our cast. Everybody loved him. Sweetest guy. He and Izzie have this amazing chemistry. And I personally was like, "He's my imaginary husband! He can't die!" It was necessary for the arc of the Izzie character and where she was going and what was going to happen to her for that moment to happen.

TV GUIDE: Did you ever worry that you were taking her meltdown and the whole cutting-the-cord thing too far? I kept thinking, "How will she ever be able to keep her job after this!"

SHONDA: No, because I know what's going to happen next. Everything's planned, all next season. There's a plan involved in everything. So, no, I didn't ever feel like we were going too far because that was the moment I've been leading her to all season long.

TV GUIDE: Do you have a personal favorite moment from the finale?

SHONDA: I'm really partial to the [Derek-Meredith] love scene, which was beautiful. [Director] Mark Tinker shot a beautiful love scene. And Patrick and Ellen both had a lot of fun and threw themselves into it. And also because of what it meant for Meredith and Derek. And I love the scene with the monologues, where everyone sits and talks to [the Chief]. Sandra Oh was unbelievable. They all were. The whole cast was better than I've ever seen them before.

TV GUIDE: How long is Kate Walsh sticking around?

SHONDA: Addison is here to stay. Addison is here to stay because I love Kate Walsh, and I feel like she brings something to the show in a way that was completely unexpected. We started out saying five or six episodes, and then I just kept on writing for her. She's too amazing. She's part of the family now.

TV GUIDE: I hear McSteamy (Eric Dane) is coming back. I know you don't like to talk about the future, but can you at least confirm that?

SHONDA: I don't know that. And if I did I couldn't tell you.

TV GUIDE: How do you feel about the move to Thursday night?

SHONDA: I'm very excited about it. I think it's going to be a challenge and I am not going to complain about the fact that [ABC president] Steve McPherson thinks our show is that good.

TV GUIDE: You'll be as involved next season?

SHONDA: I can't go anywhere. I spent too much time thinking about it, writing scripts and working on the show to ever, ever walk away from it. And I always really hate when shows have a creator who walks away, because it can really change the show. This is my baby. It's my first television show. I don't wanna go anywhere.

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Bring Isaiah Washington back.


I have been watching all the old 2005, 2006 episodes and have to tell you, they were never better than when Burke was in them. Now that George is gone I think it would really boost your ratings, and create a much more interesting story line, if you brought Burke back. He brought sex and sensuality to the show. His relationship with Christina was pulsating and the show was a hundred percent better in the beginning than it is now. You made a big mistake putting so much empohasize on Lizzie. She doesn't hold a candle to Burke and Christina, Meredith and Derek. Please consider this idea. Thanks!


hi shonda. my name is zami n i live in pakistan. i really love this show even more than my own life. i cant live without it. the thing is that i waanna c the 6th season so badly but its not shown here live on any channel. so can u please post the episodes online asap so i can watch. plllllllleeeeeaaaaaassseeee shonda!!!!!!


Shonda Rhimes, you are an idiot for the way you treated "George O'Malley." No wonder Mr. Knight left. You showed him how much respect you had for him: very little.


Izzy fought so hard through the entire season to push her patience to survive cancer, and to push to live and fight and never give up and I think that she should apply the same aspects to herself and for the good of the show and for all the Izzy fans, she should survive one of the most unlikely surviving cancers to give people of the world that may have that, or any other cancer the will that they need to fight and survive their own cancer.


I will stop watching GA if Addison returns. I don't like Kate Walsh. The storyline is getting ridiculous anyway, but I'm glad Katherine Heigl is leaving, and I can take or leave TR, though I wish him luck. Don't bring Addison back.


Please Please Please bring Burke back it's been too long and T.R wants to leave anyway. I know Isaih can be an a%#hole but you have to admit you cast him for a reason he has that special something in front of the camera. And He did apologize! Now I'm not a fanatic; I do have a life; but I will start a petition if I have to(smile)


Your 5th-season opener was a manipulative stinker for JD Morgan/Denny Duquette fans. We got to see him in the last 5 minutes of your endless dialogue...I really like MerDer, but Mer's repetitive "should I, shoudn't I" was (pardon the pun) a bloody bore. Can't bring back the hot, sweet, wonderful, unique Jeffrey Dean Morgan? Too difficult a concept? Well, you've just lost 3 viewers.


I think that Leigh Taylor Young would be an excellent addition to the cast of "Grey's Anatomy." Her glamour and talent has long been wasted, in spite of an Emmy as the Mayor on "Picket Fences." Futher, she was a star of the first night time serial, "Peyton Place."


I love Grey's and Private Practice and am waiting for whatever you have in store for us next!!! You truely are an inspiration to each and every one of us Shonda!!!!


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.