Grey's Anatomy Spoilers: How the Cliffhanger Came About

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These excerpts from Michael Ausiello's spoiler Q&A at today are not really Grey's Anatomy spoilers. They are, however, quite interesting in that they relate to the climactic scene of Season Five and how that came about. See below ...

Q: Any Grey's Anatomy scoop?

A: Remember the haunting image of an Army-clad George waiting outside the elevator for Izzie in the season finale? Well, it wasn't supposed to be George standing there. The scene was originally shot with Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Denny in the role of Izzie's heavenly escort.

But as Grey's boss Shonda Rhimes explains, "I received the first cut [of the finale] on a Friday and something didn't feel right. All weekend long something was bugging me."

"And then I woke up Monday morning and it hit me, 'My God, it's George! When the elevator opens, it should be George O'Malley that we see.'"

There was just one problem ... actually, two problems. To find out what they were and how they got resolved, the new Entertainment Weekly issue has the details.

Izzie in the Afterlife?

Q: How much longer do we have to wait for Grey's Anatomy scoop?

A: One of the two problems involved Katherine Heigl's location at the time of Shonda's epiphany. That's all you're getting. You have to pick up the magazine.

Q: Anything on Grey's Anatomy?

A: The other problem involved what T.R. Knight did to his head after production wrapped. Now I'm really done.

Q: Please give us something on Grey's Anatomy?

A: The second problem involving T.R. Knight's head eventually became the solution. Okay, now I'm really really done. Get the rest of the scoop in this week's EW!

Your comments and theories are welcome below.

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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.