Should Grey's Anatomy Have Acknowledged Izzie's Death?

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Did Grey's Anatomy toy with the idea of having Katherine Heigl's character, Izzie Stevens, pass away in the interest of closure? Might the show still go that route?

Heigl’s abrupt departure last spring put Grey’s Anatomy fans and producers in a tough spot. Creator Shonda Rhimes says she contemplated all possibly outcomes.

That includes bringing the Alex-Izzie love story to an end this season.

Izz She Gonna Stay?

Katherine Heigl is long gone, but clearly not forgotten on Grey's Anatomy.

She stops short of saying Izzie would’ve died off screen, but "we discussed a lot of options, and the one we settled on felt like the [best idea] without having Izzie actually being there,” Rhimes explains. “But it also felt like the cruelest possible thing.”

Ultimately, the Grey's Anatomy boss didn't go through with it. Why?

“It was ready to go, but then I went home and literally couldn’t sleep,” she recalls. “It just felt mean. It wasn’t closure; it just felt brutal. Alex might have never recovered, and the audience who loved Izzie would’ve been devastated. So we didn’t do it.”

What about going forward? Might this still be revisited?

“I’m open to seeing Izzie again,” she says. “If [Katherine] were to come back, we would be thrilled to [wrap up her story]. But if she doesn’t, we’ll just move on.”

From the way the two sides parted ways, don't bet on it.

What do you think? Did Rhimes made the right call leaving things open-ended? Would you like to see Izzie back, or for the show to just get beyond this?

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I loved izzie for the first three seasons....loved, loved, loved her. Then came season 4 and the whole izzie and george debacle. then came dead denny and sex with a ghost. after all that, i was kind of happy to see her go, especially since katherine heigl wanted to leave so badly.when an actor isnt DOES show onscreen. I think they should just let the izzie storyline go. she left alex and all her friends and started over. the end.


I REALLY loved izzie, but the ending wasnt RIGHT
if she loved her fans, she would stay for a FEW episodes for closure and katherine is talking shit bcause she said she leaved for her daughter LOOK AT HER NOW 5 movies or something AND YOU HAVE MORE TIME NOW? RIGHT KATHERINE


Izzie was a great person, it doesnt fit that she leaves alex after where they all been trough, i dont want her back for ever, but for a few episodes for closure


@ Deborah: Nice to see someone out there feels this way too... seriously Blaming producers or KH is no good.. the thing is that a True and Loyal Grey Fan would never want a CORE character just vanish without a proper sendoff! and Izzie - the most considerate one among them all?


I loved her, she was my favourite!
wish she comes back


i loved Izzie until the affair with George in season 3......then they started acting like they were 12, didn't like them all through season 4, and the whole Denny ghost in 5......she really started to bug me with her whole, blaming Alex because she got fired bit...... Let's give Alex some closure, then never mention her name again!!!


I hate the way the Izzie storyline ended. It doesn't fit with the quality of the show. I don't care if it was the producers of Grey's or Katherine herself that did not want to finish the storyline but out of loyalty to the fans, they should have put their differences aside and all acted more professional, to get the job done! The way it's been left at the moment is stupid and not believable at all. After watching this show for seven seasons, it's very disappointing and has left a blemish in the show.


i want izzie back :DDD


Here is how I see it. If you bring Izzie back you bring back Alex's hidden pain over the divorce, if they kill her Alex would somehow find a way to blame himself. I say just keep it going this way, not much mention of her


I Hate herrrrrrrrrrr !! Wish she'd leave Alex alone so that he could move on ... Get the Hell Off izzie Stevens !!

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