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'll really miss George and his relationship with Izzie. Their relationship always reminded me of the one I have with my wife. George is probably the guy most similar to me, in a much more heroic way of course. I'm not as into the show as I used to be. I'm not sure I'll continue after George leaves, except if they turn out some amazing episodes like in the good old days.


I don't understand what CMM and HB's decisions to leave OTH have to do here...


That's weird. Gen isn't a common name.


"Gen Says:
July 31st, 2009 7:03 AM Seriously people, You can't decide what other people like or believe.
Shonda created there characters and I love them and I will keep watching.
Just because you think the show is stupid or don't like the show anymore, you don't get to come out here and call the viewers idiots.
And STOP GUESSING WHAT HAPPENED BEHIND THE SCENES. Does it really matter when exactly she decided George was gonna die? Does that help you get even more angry at Shonda? George's dead. Shonda made a mistake. TR wasn't strong enough. Some people will stop watching. I hope they'll create amazing episodes this season. I'm excited. THE END" ???
are 2 Gens here? i did not write that.


Wow it's so incredibly hard to watch your caption. It still makes me cry. I'm really glad George's last scene was with Izzie. I thought they were soulmates so I'm glad he didn't come back for one episode. I do wish they had aired his last day in the finale and had the elevator scene be his last though. I don't know why Shonda didn't do this.


no i meant in the other pictures, in George's funeral...
Gonna miss George though


Patras, the Gizzie fans will always love them. Shonda has kept saying they were a mistake, destroyed their frienship, acted like they meant nothing to each other and we still love them. We are a pretty loyal bunch. We loved them through everything and we'll love them even through death. I fully expect Shonda to have Izzie say she was never in love with George and he was a rebound. It won't make me believe it. I know what I saw on my screen and they were in love. I also remember how Shonda said it too before she let the haters changed her mind. So yeah, don't worry, nothing she can do will make us stop loving Gizzie or George.


Goodbye, sweet George. We'll never forget you.


I still haven't come to terms with the fact George is gone. It's going to take me a long time to accept that. i'm glad they're letting Izzie grieve for him. I always wanted those two together. I missed their scenes this year, and their friendship.


Where do you see Izzie? I see Meredith and George.

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.