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How Many More Seasons Will Grey's Anatomy Run?

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Grey's Anatomy's Season 6 finale was one of its most gripping episodes in a long time, and its ratings proved the medical drama can still deliver in that department as well.

But how long will the show keep going? We've debated at length whether its best is behind it already, and there is the major issue of keeping a large, talented cast intact.

Ellen Pompeo recently said that "when my contract is up after Season Eight [in two years], I would probably not renew. I think the world has had a lot of Meredith Grey."

Could the show continue post-Meredith Grey if Ellen were indeed serious? Do other original cast members share that view? Who would be irreplaceable and who wouldn't?

Perhaps more significantly, is there enough material to sustain Grey's Anatomy at a high level? Based on its fans and staying power, two more seasons seem reasonable.

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Could Grey's Anatomy survive without ... well, Grey?

Beyond that, though, is a different story. Few shows make it this long, let alone a ninth season. Between cast turnover and dwindling story lines, it's simply a tall order.

This gets us thinking - should the show pull the plug on itself, a la Lost, and announce an end date now? Lost was slated to go off the air this month way back in 2007.

The idea behind this was to cut out filler episodes while giving producers time to plan an appropriate end (although whether they accomplished this is highly debatable).

Might it help give Grey's Anatomy the best possible direction to have an end date in mind, though? Might we get the best possible story lines from the best characters?

Or would you like to see the show follow the lead of ER, with more single character-centric episodes and a large, diverse cast that can withstand high-profile departures?

Note that there is no talk of this happening - it's just us throwing it out there for debate. We can see definite merits of both angles, but are curious what you all think.

Should Grey's Anatomy set an end date?

 

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Grey's Anatomy can not end. This show is what made me want to become a better person and possible become a doctor someday. Whenever I watch these shows it inspires me So, please Ellen Pompeo you are a great and amazing actress. Your the reason why I have dreams and goals.

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I never want to lose GA. Please dont take it away from me!!!!

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Please dont end!!!!!!!!!!!! i love this show its amazing please re-sign your contracts please!!!!!!

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The end of the show will most likely be at the end of the upcoming eighth season. Ellen Pompeo & Patrick Dempsey's contract both expire then and it's been officially stated that neither want to renew their contracts. Meredith being the main character and Derek being an important role as well, the show wouldn't last without them and I'm sure this is obvious to the producers. I will be devastated when the show ends, but knowing the way Shonda Rhimes likes to do things, the show will go out with a bang! I can't wait for the new season, but at the same time: the start of the new season means that we are just that much closer to the end of it all!! Love this show!! XD

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It wouldnt be Greys Anatomy with our Grey! Its an amazing show and I have to disagree, there are a lot of really good shows. I just started watching from Season 1 and now I just got to Season 5. Im addicted. But Weeds, LOST, Heroes, Spartacus, And Dexter are all amazing shows. Each one has their own captivating nature. I Hope it doesn't end but I know it will have to. I hope Grey ends up married to Derrik and they have a baby, and thats how it should end with her and him in the hospital holding a baby. And Izzie, falling deeply in love with someone and she gets married. Christina should become a great surgeon at the end and gets an award. George becomes a surgeon and looks up smiling with a nod as he continues in his love for his career. Burkley is happy and happily married and her son is growing up. Maybe even plans to become a surgeon himself at a young age? Thats what Ive got so far... but I think it sounds great :) and all happy endings like it should have.

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RITE NOW MER IS PREGNET AND SHE HAS ZOLA2 CARE FOR AND DEREK LEFT HER AND SHE GOT SUSPENDED FROM HER JOB SO NOW SHE DOESNT HAV A JOB2 PAY FOR FOOD AND HER MORTAGE I HAV ALWAYS DREAMED OF SEEING MER AND DEREK AND A HAPPY FAMILY IN THE DREAM HOUSE THT DEREK HAS BLUEPRINTS FOR I MISS SEEING DEREK AND MER 2GETHER WHEN ZOLA FIRST CAME ON 2THE CAST DEREK WAS SO EXCITED 2 BRING HER INTO HER NEW HOME WITH MER AND NOW HE JUST LEAVES BOTH OF THEM WITH NO MONEY OR NOTE NOTHING FOR THEM TO LAST A LIL WHILE WITH FOOD AND SO I HOPE THT AT THE END DEREK MER AND ZOLA AND THE CHILD THT MER GOT BLESSED WITH LIVE HAPPILY 2GETHER IN THEIR DREAM HOUSE I HOPE ADELLE GETS BETTER AND DEREK AND MER 2GETHER CAN CURE HER ALZIEMERS AND MER CAN GET HER JOB BACK AND SO ON... I HOPE THERE R 13 SEASONS OF 'GREY'S ANATOMY' KK BYE G2G ILL POST ANOTHER BLOG IN A BIT BYEBYE NOW I

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OMG Noooo. Grey's is my all time favourite show. There has to be more! Keep the 'Twisted Sisters'. Keep '007' memory alive. Keep the 'Nazi' and 'McDreamy' and 'McSteamy'. I will be devo if this is true. :(

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I think that Grey´s Anatomy can´t finish, no. OK I have to control me, I know that it have to finish, but i don´t want to know when OK please, I don´t want to know

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I will cry, shes basically the main character, the show would feel like it's missing something without her.

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Greys can't end and Mer and Derek can't leave if they do the show WOULDN'T be the same without them. Lost and lots of other series kept going for years and they were S*** with S*** storylines. Greys have great storylines Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee keep it going and make Ellen Pompeo sign and new contract

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