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Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Spoilers: The Final Season?!

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Was last night's season finale of Grey's Anatomy the beginning of the end?

In the wake of the unsettling events of Thursday night, series creator Shonda Rhimes aims to have the end justify the means, as the ABC drama enters what may be the eighth and final season for Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey next fall.

What does she mean by that - and without Mer and Der, could Grey's Anatomy possibly continue? Here's what had Rhimes had to say on this and other topics the morning after the bombshells of "Unaccompanied Minor" were dropped:

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On whether she's prepared for the backlash from fans, Rhimes tells TV Line:

"I don’t know if I steeled myself for the blowback. I’m sure there’s going to be some, but I’m not even sure I thought about it. I've been busy thinking about setting us up for next season, which might be the final season for the [original cast members]."

"I wanted to spend next season doing nothing but telling stories about the originals, and I felt like in order to do that, we wanted to put everybody in a place where the focus was squarely on Meredith and Derek, Cristina, Alex."

On having Meredith tamper with Derek’s Alzheimer’s drug trial:

"I’ve heard a number of people say, 'I don’t think Meredith would do that.' Meredith is the girl who put her hand on a bomb in a body cavity. Meredith is the girl who tried to help a serial killer kill himself, so that he could donate his organs."

"Meredith - and this is obvious - has a compass that has always led her to shades of grey. She does not believe in black-and-white, she does not believe in good or bad."

"She does what she thinks is right. It’s funny, when we first pitched this storyline to Ellen, the first thing she said before we got to the end was, 'But I give Adele the drug, right? I definitely give Adele the drug [versus the placebo].' We said yeah, because that’s who Meredith is."

"Derek has always been a person who believes in right or wrong, and that has been the fundamental argument of their relationship. I also feel like it’s important to say that Meredith and Derek aren’t getting a divorce; their marriage is in trouble."

On what part of Mer accepts responsibility for pushing Derek away:

"I don’t know. Maybe 50-50? She made a choice but she knew she made a choice. It wasn’t a simple choice to make, but it was the only choice for her to make. As a woman who would tell a gunman to shoot her [in the Season 6 finale], that’s who she is."

"She deals with consequences later. I know that she feels justified, but I also think she knows she made her own bed. He just needs his space."

"The work of his life, which was him basically trying to cure the disease that Meredith eventually will likely suffer from, has been ruined. If he knew about the baby [Zola], things might be different, but he doesn’t."

"Right now he’s just angry and he needs a chance to get over it.

On whether Meredith and Derek are still destined to be together forever:

"I feel like Meredith and Derek are meant to be together forever, and we’re going to make sure in the end they end up together – unless one of them dies or something. I don’t think it undercuts the drama. I think how we get there is the journey.

On whether season eight is it for the cast - and the show:

"It might be the last hurrah for a lot of them; you never know. I really don’t know and I don’t presume to know. Everybody [including Chandra Wilson, Justin Chambers and James T. Pickens] has an individual choice to make and I get that."

"It’s been seven really amazing years. Everyone has a choice to make. All the originals are in play."

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On whether Cristina will really terminate the pregnancy:

"No one’s ever told me I couldn’t, so it never occurred to me I couldn’t. It is a polarizing issue, and we deal with a lot of polarizing issues. Addison performs abortions on Private Practice all the time, and she’s had one herself."

"Violet has had two herself. I don’t feel like that’s the point. Every woman has her legal, God-given right to choose."

On Cristina and Owen's prognosis:

"I’m still debating what’s going to happen with Cristina and Owen, in my own head. Every day I change my mind about what’s going to happen with them."

On Alex's romantic tribulations:

"I want him to be happy so badly! I really do. It’s so difficult because he’s such the kicked dog a lot of the time, and his character is so tough about it. But you really feel sorry for him. I feel like he hasn’t had any happiness since Izzy.

On whether the Charlie's Angels pilot killed his relationship:

"I love Lucy and I thought Rachael was great; she has such a sparkle to her. If that pilot hadn’t happened, things would be entirely different."

On the climactic Mark-Lexie scene:

"I really like Mark and Lexie together, and I re-edited that scene like 50,000 times. I took it out, I put it back in. The writers and I argued about it for days and days, and it felt like we needed to give Mark some place to go.

"He’s been in baby land this whole season and he needs to step out of Callie and Arizona’s relationship and stand on his own. That’s what we’re trying to do."

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I don't want Lexie and Mark to be together, Lexie deserved someone far better than the guy who acts like a dog, making so many girls pregnant. What a real jerk! It's better if she's with Alex or Jackson. ;)

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Heaps of people are saying Christina and Owen should break up, but they had an awesome relationship, he was a crazy man and she's the only person he's comfortable around. They had trials and tribulations already (like he almost killed her) and they have been able to get through that, so I think they should stay together. And Derek needs to get a life, he's so annoying and stupid! He should just stop being dumb and idiotic. I understand there still needs to be drama, but theyre all getting older and more ready to settle down, so it should at least start to be a little more down to earth.

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guys it was also said by shonda that by the end of season 8, one of the greys will be pregant. am hoping its merith plus april well get pregant as well maybe from alex i hope. i think that would make the best senerio woman for him or avery. am pretty sure if cristina has abortion that will kill any chances of her and owen being together. unless he comes to terms and agrees with her decision, and from there move on with there life, not every woman is cut to be a mom. me and my spouse talked about kids we dont want any. we resepect them but we dont want them. and its not a decision to be taken lightly.

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Please put more light on Carrie & Arizona - I just adore them! Der and Mer should not break up - they're the red line of the series. More drama for Christina and more of Bailey and the Chief. Excellent series that I've been close to since 2006. Great work Shonda, thanks for everything.

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I am so tierd of all the cast being injured or a step just before death or whatever. I mean seriouslly how often does such things happen in real life??? Never!! I guess but in greys anatomy everyone gets to be dead or revived or very ill so hopefully for the next seasons I hope that the cast will be at least safe and sound because it sarts to get to my nerves beign anxious if Derek is alive and does not answer the phone or if he fell from a clif..But for the next season I would be glad to see Mer have a child with Derek, Cristina is not that kind of person so she and Hunt should break up over the abortion while Lexie and Av should be together cause he is awsome and really into her while Mark should continue fighting for her since being such an ass twice.So the Chief Resident needs to get a boyfriend and I think she should try it again with Alex. And eventually everyone gets to be Attendings and have their own surgeries. To sum up happy endings for all the cast and NO ONE GETS TO DIE for gods sake!!

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I think they should not end the show but if they must move it along quick what should happen is Mer and Der should get their dream house Alex should find the love of his life(permanent)Teddy should take about two years off go some place and let cristina be head of cardio.Note that i said speed it up they could be attendings now. April should um uh well whatever. Avery should Do the hulu? (ignore the last comment) Lexie and Mark should get back together. And as for the rest, they can do whatever.

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Christina and Owen need to go. They sizzled at first but they should have never got married. Owen is a mans man and needs a more feminine women. Christina needs an equal not a daddy. Alex and Christina are actually better matched and would be interesting to watch as a couple.
Lexie and Mark - eww Daddy and daughter. Yucky. Bring someone new in for Mark or put him with Callie. Now those two belong together. They understand each other and besides having hot sex they are friends.
Mer/Der belong together. Keep showing us the intricacies of their relationship and how they relate sexually now that the honeymoon period is over.
Love Teddy with her husband. Lets see that relationship heat up!!!

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everyone can rest. it was said by shonda that ga was going to go on after season 8 , and this season 8 will focus on the original cast, plus patrick and ellen wont be leaving at all it was said that there contract was up and they didnt know if they will be asked back. but they well be renewed there contract, so rest assure we have at least till season 10. to see them until then watch the show and relax.

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PLEASE keep greys anatomy going. Its genius writing and is the best thing on tv by far. Am absolutely hooked and feel like im a member of the team myself. By cutting the original characters it'll cease to be the grey's anatomy we've all grown to love, there is still longevity to these characters and we have a lot more to learn about them. As much as I love jackson, lexie and co, they arent established enough to take over the leading roles. Give us till season 10 AT LEAST. Or in fact keep it going forever! Let us watch meredith and derek grow old together like theyve always wanted. And let us watch Cristina's icy exterior to crumble and keep the baby. GREYS I LOVE YOU.

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First, Kudos to you Shonda...you are AWESOME. I recently gotten into the show and have watched all the shows in like one week. PLEASE keep the Shepards together, get Lexie and Mark together, give Chistina therapy but keep her and Owen together also. Alex needs therapy,maybe bring anIzzie back. Miranda should marry the nurse. oh and...you can keep this so on forever, i know there are people out there, like myself that will watch it until the end of time. I LOVE THIS SHOW...SERIOUSLY!!!

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