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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I never watched tv really that much till greys... thank you Shonda!!! i actually look forward to Sundays... or did but now ill have even more reason to look forward to thursdays which puts the icing on the cake...love the move! The only concern i have is season 2 on dvd... WHEN WILL IT COME OUT!! i got 10 friends hooked on this show who missed some of the second season and were dying to have a marathon ... heh... I dont know anyone who doesnt love greys... even guy friends i made watch a couple times are now hooked! seriously...second season dvd needs to come out assap!

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I didn't get to see the Monday night finale which is driving me nuts. I can read all the highlights and blogs, but really cannot grasp what happened. Will it air again? I love that a black woman is the creator...how wonderful...Love Grey's Anatomy, best show on TV...keeps me going and Patrick Dempsey is just plain hot.

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)

Lexie: [narrating] Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.
Mark: It isn't just death we have to grieve. It's life. It's loss. It's change.
Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime.
Izzie: That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive.
Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much.
Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.
Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty.
Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can't control it.
Arizona: The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.
Callie: And let it go when we can.
Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again.
Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: There are five stages of grief. They look different on all of us, but there are always five.
Alex: Denial.
Derek: Anger.
Bailey: Bargaining.
Lexie: Depression.
Richard: Acceptance.