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The Grey's Anatomy Death Watch: Handicapping the Field

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By now, we've all heard the rumors from E! Online's Kristin Veitch and the ominous, foreboding hints from Shonda Rhimes. While you can only put too much stock in spoilers, we can't escape the weight of this bombshell:

Someone will die before this three-part story arc is over.

Now, it's the opinion of the Insider that Shonda & Co. are yanking our chains a bit. What if someone dies, then is revived five minutes later? Could it be that there's a death at SGH that shocks us, but a primary cast member isn't the one who passes away?

Who the heck knows. That's why it's so fun to watch! If we had to put money on it, we'd bet that the terrific ensemble cast remains intact. But just for fun, we've put together some odds on who we think is most likely to enter the great beyond, if that's indeed what's happening tonight...

Ellis GreyEllis Grey - Even
Hey, we've all gotta go sometime.

Izzie Stevens - 3:2
We know Denny comes back, right? And that he's not the only one we see? Could Izzie be reunited with Denny Duquette in the afterlife?

Just a theory. As terrific as Izzie is on the show, she's been lost from day one. Stevens being killed while trying to save the patient trapped under the car would almost be appropriate, and that ferry boat she's on looks like it could explode at any moment.

Richard Webber - 5:2
He had planned to retire anyway, is reeling from Adele leaving him and has lately contemplated his legacy at Seattle Grace. He's also a little older. Dr. Webber passing away would make the race for Chief of Surgery even more intense, and it's a development that certainly isn't that big of a stretch (though we really hope he stays)!

Meredith Grey - 3:1
We really can't see Meredith dying. However, she's the only one missing - and sinking in the ocean - at the beginning of tonight's episode.

Derek Shepherd - 5:1
Okay, there's no way Shonda would take McDreamy from us. Would she? We'd put the odds at 10,000:1, except for Rhimes' ominous warning that the events tonight and next week will be the last thing we'd ever expect.

This would qualify.

Mark SloanMark Sloan - 10:1
He'd be the easiest to get rid of in terms of continuity. Steaminess aside, Mark hasn't brought much to the table since he joined Seattle Grace as a full-time attending.

But he already faked us out with by almost quitting once, and we aren't convinced they'd have him leave the show without him contributing more to it first. Odds are, the best is yet to come from Eric Dane's Dr. Sloan.

Alex Karev - 20:1
He's becoming a bigger, better person, and a more complex character every episode. Besides his budding infatuation with Addison, Alex has really grown as a medical practitioner. The only problem could be if he keeps putting himself in harm's way to rescue people. That pylon was heavy!

Nurse Olivia - 25:1

She'd be easily replaced, that's for sure, and syphilis can be deadly if untreated. But surely there's some life left in this character - and would dispensing of such a minor, recurring bit player result in all this hype? If so, we want our money back.

George O'Malley - 50:1
Yes, we heard the rumor that T.R. Knight wants out. But we don't buy it. The transformation from the bumbling, grieving George to the more confident, married Dr. O'Malley is just beginning. He's been one of the focal points of the third season, and the death of Bambi would cripple everyone else. Meredith puts the Grey in Grey's Anatomy, but George is the glue.

Callie Torres - 75:1
Maybe a month ago it would have worked. But they're not going to kill George's father and his wife in the span of a few weeks.

Preston Burke - 100:1
A lot of people have speculated that Dr. Burke is the frontrunner in this undesirable category following the Isaiah Washington controversy. We highly doubt it. If he were going to be removed, it would have happened already. We also don't know how long ago these episodes were filmed. With a major life event on the horizon, and having already been shot at the end of Season 2, Preston seems an unlikely candidate to go.

Addison Montgomery - 125:1

She's still one of the characters whose life we know the least about outside Seattle Grace, and one of the emerging leaders of the surgical staff. All we know of Addison is her romantic entanglements. Our guess is the writers have a lot more planned for the ex-Shepherd.

The Grey's Anatomy Death Watch: Handicapping the FieldCristina Yang - 500:1
There's not a single reason we can think of why we would lose Cristina. Every member of the cast is great, but week in and week out, she remains one of the show's most compelling, entertaining characters.

Miranda Bailey - 2,000:1
Strong but all too human, she's the heir apparent to the Chief of Surgery position down the line, and the interns need their Nazi like never before. Besides, Chandra Wilson won the SAG Award!

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I think the best odds are that it will be Derek.
1) It would be a "devastating conclusion"
2) It would be someone "we don't expect:
3) The How To Save a Life preview video shows a car accident. I think Derek leaves the hospital distraught thinking she's dead and crashes his car and dies. Meanwhile the "stubborn, know-it-all" interns save her.
4) Shonda asks in her blog who Derek is if he doesn't know "how to save a life?"
5) Shonda has been know to kill off popular male characters whose names begin with D.

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Reading everyone's comments has been great--it's like a fix to get me through until 8pm on Thursday. I'm glad I'm not the only addict on the planet!
I'm also hoping that the mammalian reflex thing will keep Meredith alive. I can't imagine the show without her and McDreamy, and the thought of his grief if she does die is almost too much to deal with.
I will say that they need to stop picking on Meredith for a while. She almost got blown up in the first season; she had appendicitis in the second season; now this--and that's not even counting all of her angst over finding out Derek was married. Seriously, Shonda, leave her alone and let her find some happiness!

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I have a few comments: First, did anyone else notice that Merideth did absolutely nothing to try to save herself from drowning? No flailing or yelling or trying to get attention...she just let herself go. That was suicidal. Also, she could revive because there is a medical phenom called the drowning syndrome wherein the cold water shuts down the vital processes for as long as 45 minutes and the person can revive....also, the show is GREY'S ANATOMY because it is a play on the medical text every med student knows...maybe the real one is GRAY'S but I have to check. I have been disturbed ever since I saw the show, watched it again online, and still upset. Gen

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What's wrong with you people?! Even thinking it is okay to suggest Izzy die is sick... Sick I tell you! *deep breaths* Okay, I'm fine now. Katherine leaving would break my heart. Izzy may be going through some odd shifts in behavior but I believe the charming, passionate and fiercely funny Izzy that owned the second half of last season will return. I honestly cannot see continuing to watch if any of it's three female leads [Ellen, Sandra and Kat] leave. Personally, I think the anti-gay slag Isaiah hurled save him from the ax because it would be too obvious and seem petty to those that just feel he should have been reprimanded and that is all. I didn't care for Burke much before he shared his bigotry and felt he was one of the more expendable characters. The man is unable to emote or make an expression beyond scowling and wouldn't mind if he were axed. Unfortunately as previously stated, I think he's safe.

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What's wrong with you people?! Even thinking it is okay to suggest Izzy die is sick... Sick I tell you! *deep breaths* Okay, I'm fine now.
Katherine leaving would break my heart. Izzy may be going through some odd shifts in behavior but I believe the charming, passionate and fiercely funny Izzy that owned the second half of last season will return. I honestly cannot see continuing to watch if any of it's three female leads [Ellen, Sandra and Kat] leave.
Personally, I think the anti-gay slag Isaiah hurled save him from the ax because it would be too obvious and seem petty to those that just feel he should have been reprimanded and that is all. I didn't care for Burke much before he shared his bigotry and felt he was one of the more expendable characters. The man is unable to emote or make an expression beyond scowling and wouldn't mind if he were axed. Unfortunately as previously stated, I think he's safe.

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They can not stop a code on a drowning victim when the temp is only 81 degrees. They also should have warm fluids and oxygen going. It cracked me up that the only doc that thought of that was an OB. Give me a break. I think it will be Merideth's mom.

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Yeah so I am going to watch next week and if they do not bring Meredith back I am done watching the show. I was already contemplating that last week when I got the feeling that they were going to breakup Meredith and Derek. To be real honest they are the only reason I watch the show. I like everyone else but if they changed the show's name to Meredith and Derek and the show was just about them I would probably TVo every episode and never leave my house just so I could watch them everyday. Yeah I'm obsessed w/M&D!

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The show is about Meredith Grey! Meredith can't narrate if she is dead, it has already been done on Desperate Housewives! Without her the show would no longer be Grey's Anatomy. The name would have to be changed. Rather than a narrator Izzy could do streams of consciousness, the show could be call Izzy Babels.

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Could it be someone not listed....like Adele?

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I really hope Meridith does not die, and I have a feeling it wouldn't happen because she is the amin character and the show is named after he "Grey's Anatomy". This is my favorite show and I really hope she doesn't die, but we have to wait and see on Thusday night.

Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Nobody's memory is perfect or complete. We jumble things up. We lose track of time. We are in one place... then another and it all feels like one long, inescapable moment. So, what does it mean? What do we take away? Which pieces will haunt us? Hurt us? End us? Inspire us? It's just like my mother used to say, the carousel never stops turning. You can't get off.

Meredith

We're all going to die. We don't get much say over how or when, but we do get to decide how we're gonna live. So, do it. Decide. Is this the life you want to live? Is this the person you want to love? Is this the best you can be? Can you be stronger? Kinder? More Compassionate? Decide. Breathe in. Breathe out and decide.

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