Shonda Rhimes: So Much in Store For Season Five

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The woman behind Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice recently gave E! tons of gossip, rumors and spoilers for the upcoming fifth season.

Let's dispense with the intro and get right to it. Check out what Shonda Rhimes had to say, then sound off with comments and reactions:

Q: Where is the story taking us next season?

Shonda Rhimes: I think a lot of the focus is going to be on the five core interns we've gotten to know — who aren't interns anymore — George (T.R. Knight), Izzie (Katherine Heigl), Cristina (Sandra Oh), Alex (Justin Chambers) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo). I really want to focus on them as they deal with the next step in their training. We're also going to spend a lot of time with Mark (Eric Dane), Derek (Patrick Dempsey), Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Erica (Brooke Smith) and see their interactions.

Q: On to MerDer, are you tired of talking about them?

Shonda Rhimes: I was until I got them together. Now it's a whole new world. There's a whole host of problems that come with Meredith and Derek being together, and a whole host of other storylines, drama and excitement. So I'm really excited about them being together, because I feel like what I wanted you to leave with last season is Meredith standing in that field, having done this incredible thing, and the look on her face is a little bit like, "Oh my God, now I actually have to do this." That's important.

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Q: Is it more fun for you to write them together?

Shonda Rhimes: Absolutely. It was a real challenge to figure out how to get them to get Meredith to the place where she was healthy enough to make this step with Derek. Now that she's made the step with Derek, it's really exciting to see what's going to come next and how she's going to deal with living with a boy, and all the things a man like Derek, who has been married and is a grown-up, might expect.

Q: MerDer is living together? Are they living in Derek's trailer or in Meredith's house?

Shonda Rhimes: That you'll have to watch and see.

Q: Is Rose going to be a thorn in MerDer's side?

Shonda Rhimes: I don't necessarily think that she's a troublemaker for their relationship in the beginning.

Q: Callie and Erica are going to be a couple next season, are they going to come out to the masses?

Shonda Rhimes: Eventually that's going to play out. I feel like the important thing is that at the end of the season, Callie kissed a girl. We're going to watch that part of it play out: Did she mean to kiss a girl? What does it mean that she's kissed a girl? Is she excited about it? What does it mean for Erica? We don't really know Erica's side of the story yet in terms of what's going on with the two of them. Then we're going to watch the larger world of what happens when the two of them come out of the hospital, and what happens when Callie's dad (Hector Elizondo) finds out. I think it's going to be really interesting because I think it's very different to go from being 19 and declare this, and be a grown woman and declare this, when your family's already thought something else.

Q: Will this season be a journey for them to discover their sexuality?

Shonda Rhimes: They are definitely on a journey, and it's going to be a really interesting one. It's funny, the writers are really excited about it, and we spend a lot of hours talking about how we're going to do it, and what we're going to do, and what might the problems be, and the emotional aspects of it, and the fun that we can have with it.

Q: It seems like they have great onscreen chemistry. Was that a driving force in getting them together?

Shonda Rhimes: There is chemistry there, but also both actresses are so game; they're so willing to do something. Sara is such a fabulously comedic actress and has so much to give, and post-George I felt like she was searching for something. Callie and Erica seem to have a lot of chemistry. We did start them out as being friends and it felt like there was something more there; the same kind of chemistry that I saw between Cristina and Burke (Isaiah Washington) before Christina and Burke got together.

Q: We last saw Alex and Izzie getting hot and steamy, in a depressing sort of way. What's next for them?

Shonda Rhimes: I think you're going to see a lot of really interesting sparks between the two of them.

Q: Is there any truth to that Grey's Anatomy gossip about Izzie having a brain tumor?

Shonda Rhimes: No.

Q: Kevin McKidd has a built-in McName. What's he going to be doing on the show?

Shonda Rhimes: He's going to be playing Owen Hunt, who is a military doctor that comes to the hospital on leave.

Q: He just happens to show up to a hospital where everyone falls for each other? Hmmm...Who is he going for?

Shonda Rhimes: I think Cristina might find him fairly interesting.

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I personally don't care if they keep Rose around as long as she doesn't actually break up Meredith and Derek. If they gave her an actual part and made her a real character as opposed to just playing the anti-Meredith I wouldn't mind her. As for her causing problems? If Rose wants to pitch fits and make life uncomfortable at work for Derek because he treated her like crap? More power to her. Derek deserves it. He was a dog. Derek had no business being with Rose when he knew he was still in love with Meredith. That wasn't fair to Rose. But if Rose gets involved with someone else and Derek gets jealous? Meredith should dump his butt once and for all and move on. Derek didn't even want Rose when he had her. To turn that around and have him want Rose now that he has Meredith would be ridiculous and finally kill the Meredith and Derek relationship for me. And for those people who are trying to paint Rose as great and wonderful? The woman knew she was getting involved with a man who was in love with another woman. Derek was wrong, but Rose was no pure sweet innocent saint. Rose knew about the LEGEND that was Meredith and Derek. Hell, the man avoided her after they had sex and she STILL took him back. That is sad and desperate. If they keep Rose around her character needs some serious work.


Izzie needs to be with George. She and Alex would make me quit really fast. They are awful together


I KNEW IT! Cristina + Owen Hunt. Cristina's my fave character, and it'll be so interesting to see her open up again after Burke. Burke meant SO much to her.


Alex and Izzie? EWWW. Looks like I quit just in time. They are gross together. Then Grey does couple so bad. George and Izzie is the only couple I ever liked. Maybe if they are back together, I'll come back.


i want derek and meredith to stay together (cause its about time) but to be honest the show needs some more drama and i think if rose starts troublemaking it will give it the kick it needs for us to feel the need to see the next episode. i mean it would be a bit boring if everything was perfect and nothing EVER happened, wouldn't it?


I have a couple of questions:
1. Has anyone else seen that Loretta Devine is going to be a series regular on Eli Stone and have a recurring role on Grey's? I wonder what that means for the Chief.
2. Does anyone know if Dr. Wyatt is coming back? I thought her scenes with Meredith were great.


Blablabla. i have to admit i didnt like season 4 as much as i expected. i wish they would just go back to the cast they had in season one or two without erica and callie. maybe mark. definetly without rose. defenitly with addison. and burke. i liked that cast a whole lot better than the new one. just keep it the way it was in season one but with addison there. that way it focused more and the 5 interns than on the other people. pluse i really think the whole thing kinda wentt downhill after the ferryboat crash episode. i hope season five is better than the episodes after the ferryboat episode and season 4.


George and Izzie was not an episode. It was true love and they were why I watched. I quit sinmce they ended


I hope Denny reminds Izzie what an ass Alex is and how he smirked when Denny was screaming in pain and bet on him dying. They do Alex and Izzie again and I am done, those two make me sick. They are abusive and toxic. Izzie belongs with George, her true love, the guy who understands her and loves her above all else and the guy who brings her pure joy.


can't wait for this!!! =)

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