Grey's Anatomy Spoilers: More on George's Funeral

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As we know, following a tragic bus accident, one of Seattle Grace's own has passed away. The emotional impact will be wide-ranging, and the aftershocks not likely to fade quickly.

George O’Malley’s funeral on the heartbreaking Grey’s Anatomy season opener on September 24 (a two-hour affair) will reverberate through the halls of Seattle Grace long after the dead surgeon's casket has been closed, according to TV Guide.

Nearly everyone will be present - including a frail Izzie in a headscarf - to mourn George’s passing at a graveside service attended by George’s mom (but not by his ex, Callie). A show source tells me that Meredith will deal with the death in a “very Meredith-like” way.

“The doctors are processing this huge moment of grief,” Jessica Capshaw, whose Dr. Arizona Robbins will be holding down the fort and attending to patients, says.

“My character previously lost her brother, so I’ll be helping Callie process this horrible loss.”

Likewise, Dr. Owen Hunt will be assisting Cristina through her mourning.

George Funeral Scene

“Owen is so used to losing colleagues that he’ll become a rock for others to help them deal with it,” says Kevin McKidd about his Iraq-vet character. “Cristina is in denial about it, and he’s there for her at that moment when she actually realizes what has happened.”

Cristina is also expected to finally open up to Owen about her baggage with her ex, Dr. Preston Burke, who left her at the altar in 2007. And later on in the upcoming season, a hospital vacancy will be filled by someone who shares a past with Owen.

That, Kevin promises, will “shake things up.”

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What happened to George....in real life?

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we all gonna miss georgy
he was the best friend , he was my best between them

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ooh i cant believe george is gone it wont be fun without him

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izzie is my favorite!!i;m really glad she won't die!!!!:))))

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I wish they would have saved George's character. Even though TR doesn't want to come back, they could have brought in a new actor because of the severity of plastic surgery that he would have needed. Could have been someone totally different, but still George.

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Well, I'm a George-fan and I want Burke back, but at the same time I don't. You see, I liked Burke, but I hate IW, he's an obonoxius homophob.... I think it would be for the best if Burke never returns, it will only shake things up among the cast.

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Dimple, I don't know any REAL George fans out there who want Burke back at all!

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Hmmm to respond to the people that want Burk back. I hope that u all aren't George fans. Cause even though George is gone that would be a slap in the face. And do u really think that any of the other actors would wanna work with him? The look on Heigl's face when IW said that word for the second time was pure hate. I know your supposed to forgive and forget. But he caused George to lose his job. Cause after Ms Rhimes had to fire her friend she stopped giving George any time on screen. I"m not a hugh George fan. But I did cry seeing him lay on the table like that. He was pitiful. I can't wait to see how the others deal with this. From what I been reading it looks like Mer will be on leave, having the baby. So maybe she will just run off for awhile and get her head together. Looks like Callie is going to take it really hard from the looks of the promo. I hope AZ is understanding. I think she will be since she lost her brother. Oh Bailey is going to be a wreck. I bet she gives Owen hell and I hope she does. I don't like Owen a little bit. I can't wait to see how chris handles it. She trys to act like nothing bothers her but we all know she has a good heart. The Chief is going to be a mess too. I think maybe Derrick will be a rock for Mer. But won't have alot to say about it. If Alex is going to be a rude ass about it. He just needs to keep his mouth shut. Cause he will piss me off. Like the comment about George getting killed cleaning his gun. That pissed off me and Mer. LOL!!!! I think I might be a little to excited about the premier. I am marking off the days on my calendar:) I can't hardly wait. September 24 and 8pm!!!!!

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The reappearance of Burke would be untenable cos of the way the actor who played him was written out. The seem to have recorded scenes of George being operated on from the way the promo looks. I prefer Alex to Izzie and I would like Ava to reappear cos I really liked Alex with her (also cat amongst the pigeons plotline). The fact that she wasn't a staffer at SGH meant that relationship wasn't going to last. I know Alex always had a thing for Izzie but would he of married her if the wedding hadn't been offered to him? If any of the newly married couples are to have problems I would not be surprised if were Alex and iz

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I LOVE GEORGE. WHY DO THEY KEEP GETTING RID OF THE BEST CHARACTERS? I HATE THAT!

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)

[narrating] "At the end of the day, when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to somebody. So this thing where we all keep our distance and pretend not to care about each other, it's usually a load of bull. So we pick and choose who we want to remain close to, and once we've chosen those people, we tend to stick close by. No matter how much we hurt them. The people that are still with you at the end of the day, those are the ones worth keeping. And sure, sometimes close can be too close. But sometimes, that invasion of personal space, it can be exactly what you need."

MEREDITH