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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George?????NOOOOOOOOOO!!!! He can't leave.....he can't die.....!!!!!!!!! I looooooooove his character. And the whole George and Izzie thing is Cuuuuuuuute!!! Ugh!!!


OMG! this season had less sex then ever before.


you are 100% right.
GA is turning into a soap opera where good looking people screwing each other.
And Shonda we are not stupid. The only reason that we didn't saw George this season was because you didn't want him anymore. And that's why you erase the friendship between George and Izzie. George and Izzie were always together. As friends or lovers, they were together. And in season 5 was like they never even knew each other.
That's why i can't forgive Shonda.
I don't understand how some people don't see that this is not GA anymore. It looks like but it's not. It's something different.


I don't care what Shonda wants. This was george's last season. He's dead, and we'll never see him again. I wanted to see him this season. I did notice George wasn't there. i was watching with friends, and we all noticed and we were all pissed about it. This was George's very last episodes and she didn,t even show him. We were cheated out of our last season with him. That's inexcusable. Grey is so far from the best show on TV. It sucks, and has for a long time. It wasd the best show the three first seasons. Now it's a show about good-looking peopkle screwing each other. It's a soap opera. It's bad. George was the one good thing about it. And the you people line really bugs me. It's so condescending!


Listen people.... do you not remember what Shonda has said about how she writes each season? She says she always starts out with the last 10 minutes of the show. She knows how she wants the show to end... she then has the writers craft the season according to the ending she has in her head. Although she changed the elevator scene to George instead of Denny at the last minute.... she still knew that George and Izzie were going to be at deaths door!! I believe her when she said she wanted people to not really notice that George was not around that much in the season finale. That is what they tried to do for last half of the season. I have watched season 5 over again and he is definitely around for most of it. Not in a major way, but he is there. The last scene would not have been as powerful if it was Denny standing there on the other side of that elevator. It made sense that George was the one on the other side. I will miss him.... he was the heart of the show. He was the underdog, the little guy who had to really prove himself all the time. He was the best intern!!!Grey's is still the best damn show on tv and the season finale proved that! Can not wait until Sept. 24th!!!


It makes me so mad. She chose not to show George on his last season. I didn't think the finale was great. I spent the whole hour missing George like I did the whole season. She also chose to kill him. I hate that. George deserved better.


To make the finale better? What about us George fans? What about our desire to see George the most we could his very last season on the show? Doesn't that count at all? So we were robbed of our favorite character all season for a two-minute cliffhanger and now we will never see George again. I find that so insulting. If this was Meredith's last season and they had kept her backburnered all season for a two minute cliffhanger, how would you have felt about it? I can't believe she knew George was leaving and chose to now show him at all, knowing how many fans loved him and wanted to see him before he left for good. She screwed us over, totally and completely.


Sure. Shonda had a choice to leave George out and she made the choice while thinking of a story arc. From an interview: "Why haven't we seen very much of George this season? I understand that there are ebbs and flows on ensemble dramas but…
RHIMES: There are ebbs and flows. Every character this season has had a lot of ebbs and flows. And every season is shaped differently. With George, I really wanted you to not notice that he wasn't there for most of this episode. I don't think anybody noticed because of the way we laid it out this season. He's an incredibly talented actor. And, actually, he was really lovely and elegant about lying there in all that very painful makeup and prosthetics for much of the episode with no words. That moment where he grabs Meredith's hand is one of the most affecting moments of the episode, and it was without words." So she crafted it that way to make the finale better.


Then TPTB should be angry at Shonda and the writers. It was their choice to give TR squat to do. He wanted to work, and we wanted to see George. It wasn't his choice not to work. It was Shonda's choice. TR has big stories from seasons 1 to 3. Then he had nothing for the last two seasons. That wasn't his choice. Everyone else would have quit if they had like 2 minutes for a whole season.


George is such a nice guy who is not capable to kill even a single fly, he has shown a strong character because in many episodes he is some how penalised. He is the soulmate of Izzie, he loves her, yet he has to sacrifice his love; remember he is the one whom Izzie leans on when she almost felt down in the church during the wedding and George has to hand Izzie to Alex and watches them be married! He has suffered! He is a real hero! He MUST NOT DIE ! Please bring him back to life! I love this character and I would like to continue watching him in the coming season, please!

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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."

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Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.