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Grey's Anatomy Spoilers: A Series in Transition

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Just two months remain until the Season 6 premiere of Grey's Anatomy, and its creator Shonda Rhimes is already working on a contingency plan in case Ellen Pompeo's pregnancy does not allow the show's title character to return to the set right away.

Or at all.

Pompeo's situation, along with what happened last season with T.R. Knight, have the Grey's Anatomy show-runner wondering how she's going to keep the series intact this year.

One thing she is talking about: "stand-alone" episodes.

Could the show go on without the woman who puts the Grey in Grey's Anatomy? What about the series' leading man, Patrick Dempsey? With contracts up at the end of this season, all possible scenarios are on the table and nothing taken for granted.

What other changes are in store when the show returns for its new season? Follow the link to read more about what Shonda Rhimes calls a "transitional" Grey's Anatomy Season 6 ...

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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.

Meredith