Shonda Rhimes Shares Her Thoughts On "Drowning On Dry Land"

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No question about it, Grey's Anatomy creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes - who wrote "Walk On Water," this week's "Drowning On Dry Land" and next week's "Some Kind of Miracle" - is taking some heat over recent developments.

How could she kill Meredith? Is she forcing a dramatic story line just for the sake of dramatic story line? And what happens next?

Rhimes' thoughts are articulated on her official blog, which you can read here.

But here's an excerpt from her take on "Drowning On Dry Land" and Meredith in particular. Even though she died, which was really sad, at the same time, it was kind of cool, wasn't it? Take it away, Shonda...


So, yeah, that was Denny and Dylan.

I'm trying to be all casual about it.

Like I don't care.

Like, you know, Denny and Dylan, whatever. I'm cool, I'm good.

But I almost hugged Jeffrey Dean Morgan to death when he arrived on set. He was nice about it considering the restraining order he should have taken out against me during Season Two. I was glad to see him. And I was glad to see Kyle Chandler who was gracious enough to fly out here and film on one of his very few days off from the very well-written Friday Night Lights.

See, I miss Denny and Dylan. A lot. So it was nice to see them for a moment, wasn't it? Even if Meredith is dead?

You all have some pretty strong feelings about this. I've been reading your comments. Strong feelings. Which I respect. Grey's Anatomy is in its third season and we're doing something a little... different. It's about time we did.

Because, as I said when you shouted your horror about the Meredith-George sex, I remind you that we writers like to follow the characters here and we try very hard not to make story just to make story.

We like to have a point. Meredith being dead is about... well, you will see what it is about next week. She was in pain, this girl. And...

... okay, I don't want to talk about that. Meredith being dead at the end of this episode. I can't. Not yet.

Shonda Rhimes Shares Her Thoughts On "Drowning On Dry Land"

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The forums are inaccesible again. What is happening? Anyway, what is it with Shonda that she HARDLY (almost never) mentions Cristina and Burke in her blogs and podcasts? She created these characters and now she's treating them like they're not part of the show. Sometimes I can't help but think that maybe all the Bang proposal and engagement aren't really written by Shonda, but by other writers who think that this wonderful, beautiful couple deserves that. Why, Shonda, why? Fine, this is Meredith and Derek's episode that's why the discussions mainly revolve around them. But in Shonda's blog, she said that she wants to talk about the interns (other than Meredith). She talked about Izzie, Alex, and George. But not Cristina. Correct me if I'm wrong, but she's one of the interns, and she's not Meredith, right? (Ok, that is just sheer sarcasm there, don't mind me, sorry) I mean, Cristina is Meredith's best friend. Meredith is Cristina's "person," how can she talk about this whole thing that happened to Meredith without mentioning how Cristina reacted to it? That's just crazy. Giving her the benefit of the doubt, maybe she forgot. Fine. Even if I'm upset with this, I'm still thankful to Shonda for creating Grey's Anatomy. That's all. (Again, I'm sorry for all the rambling. I understand that it is Meredith that we should all be concerned of, but all I talked about is Burke and Cristina, so I'm sorry for that, too. I've got nothing against Meredith, I'm actually hoping that she get's through this.)


Wow, has this been a thrilling two parts out of three of these episodes! This week's really shocked me. I really thought last week Meredith would be saved from the water, and everything would be okay. But it wasn't like that. I am actually not mad at Shonda Rhimes for writing this. I mean, there has to be a thrill sometime during the season! Last year, the bomb episode? Anybody remember that? But, my prediction for next week is that she will be revived (as everybody I keep talking to says it). I mean, she puts the GREY'S in Grey's Anatomy! (Unless, they could change it to something like Shepard's just kidding.) But I think Mere seeing Denny and Dylan was just one of those near-death experiences some people are lucky (I don't know if they're exactly LUCKY) enough to see. Well, we'll just have to see exactly how Shonda raps it all up.


If you kill off Meredith,then you have NO SHOW. all the loyal fans will leave and you will be gone. If you get rid of her,then I will not watch whatever is left. What is the point if the MAIN character is gone? Do you just not like her anymore? what is your motivation for doin this in the middle of the season?
I have never witnessed such infantile behavior by a writer!


Look killing Merideth is unthinkable. It wouldn't be Grey's Anatomy then! Its like America without Apple pie! THATS JUST WRONG!!!!! BRING MERIDETH BACK!!!!!!! Thats all I gotta say.


I know it's just a t.v. show but when I have a bad day i come home and watch Grey's Anatomy, because it does give me some kind of hope, when i'm i really hope next week doesn't leave me with no hope at all. I can't imange GREY'S anatomy with out merideth Grey. And I dont want her to forget anybody either...i don't know why i keep rambling...all I can say is SERIOUSLY! SERIOUSLY! You guys cant kill merideth!


We don't care what you do!!
Next week's episode is called "Some sort of miracle", so we all know Meredith will come back from the coma she is in right now.. What WE desperately NEED is some GOOD BANG sex...
They haven't had sex for all seirously..WTF????


I don't know if I want to hug her or choke her.


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.