Shonda Rhimes on Grey's Anatomy Season Finale: No Carnage, Just Growth

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There have been some epic Grey's Anatomy finales in years past, but don't expect any crazed gunmen or rogue buses this time around, says the boss lady herself.

Shonda Rhimes tells TV Guide that she deliberately tried to make the end of the seventh season a less hectic and more character-driven experience for fans.

"I'm not looking to make some giant, huge, electric finale," she says. "You can't have a gunman in the hospital every season. It would just lose all its power."

"I wanted to do something that felt a little more quiet."

One Handsome Doc

That's not to say that the finale won't be emotional. This is still Grey's Anatomy.

In the aftermath of last May's stunning finale, Rhimes said the doctors of Seattle Grace would be challenged repeatedly again, but with more grown-up issues this year.

That has been an understatement. Just think about it.

Struggling to get pregnant. Getting pregnant by accident. Battling PTSD. Marriages. Breakups. Hookups. Just to name a few ... and that was before the car accident.

Callie flying through Arizona's windshield is the catalyst for next week's big music event (see sneak previews) that Rhimes says the finale won't try to top.

"Part of what we wanted to do at the end of the season is to really focus on characters and to split them off in new ways as we head to the end of the season."

But at the same time, "not have it be an outside force that hasn't already happened ... it's really about their growth as characters and who they are as people."

Still, that doesn't mean Rhimes doesn't have some life-changing moments up her sleeve. Any thoughts on what that might entail for our beloved surgeons?

Share your comments and season finale predictions 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.