Grey's Anatomy Funeral Scene Raises Questions, Emotions

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As the rare, outdoor behind-the-scenes photos from the set proved without a doubt this week, the cast of Grey's Anatomy is giving George O'Malley his official sayonara.

We knew it was coming, but some are having a hard time coming to grips with the prospect of no more O'Malley. He was not just an original character, but a fan favorite.

Spotted on the set were Katherine Heigl, who plays Izzie Stevens, George's best friend, and a very pregnant Ellen Pompeo, who plays the title character, Meredith Grey.

A few of the men were also back to work: Justin Chambers, who plays Alex Karev, and Patrick Dempsey, who plays Derek Shepherd. Others may have been there, too.


The demise of George O'Malley was not scripted this way initially.

It turns out that Grey's Anatomy creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes originally had a different opening sequence planned for the 6th season of Grey's Anatomy.

A flashback was supposed to take viewers to the hours when George was missing, from when he left the hospital to when he returned later on as a disfigured John Doe.

However, Knight reportedly declined to make a brief cameo and instead of seeing George's split-second decision to save the passerby's life that cost him his own, viewers will just have to watch Shonda Rhimes' alternative idea, the funeral scene.

Which brings us to the characters and George's coffin.

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I'm also glad about it. I agree with Xasen. He is boring and I always hate to watch his scenes. No more George. yey....


too bad i'd love a flashback to the hours when george was missing :)


Honestly, I'm glad about all this. I've hated George ever since he slept with Meredith. The character turned into a whiny b**** after that..."Oh, woe is me! I'm in love with a woman I hardly know and even after I take advantage of her while I know she's in love with Derek, I'm still going to act like it's just that the world's out to get me, even if I've met this amazing woman named Callie!"


"I doubt this would happen but I would really love it if Burke and Addison showed up for George's funeral! Burke and George were so close on the show and Addison and George worked on a case together in season 3. I think they should come back for the funeral." awesome idea emily!


Check out this list about George's Top Ten Moments on GA. :)


I doubt this would happen but I would really love it if Burke and Addison showed up for George's funeral! Burke and George were so close on the show and Addison and George worked on a case together in season 3. I think they should come back for the funeral. but I doubt it will happen


Well, the OTH case and GA case are two different things. It WAS highly rumored that HB and CMM wanted more money but due to the recession, CW wasn't putting up with it. So yeah, their motives were tempted to see in a more selfish light than TR. TR didn't walk out because of money. He was still getting highly paid for the little amount of screentime he got. What some people are claiming selfish of him is not to return for this episode. That's all. I do believe that CMM and HB did it out of selfishness, while TR...I still don't know what to believe.


It shouldn't matter any more about TR. It has strickly become Steven's Anatomy. Arguing about anything else is pointless. Shonda is going to do what Shonda wants. The heck with the fans. I mean she wants to use Lexie to keep it Grey's Anatomy. GET SERIOUS!!!!


"That's weird. Gen isn't a common name." I agree and no it isn't a common name. hmmmmm


It's easy. Some people were claiming TR was selfish for walking away from Grey and quitting his job. I pointed out that both CMM and HB did the same thing. They wanted to pursue other interests so they quit. Actors quit shows all the time. It doesn't make them selfish and it doesn't mean they're ungrateful and don't care about their fans. If someone is really a TR fan, he won't just love him as George. He'll enjoy him in all his roles. I plan to go see him in Parade then in New York and to watch whatever he picks to do. I think some people act like those actors belong to them and they can decided what they should do with the rest of their lives.

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