Chyler Leigh Teases Transitional Grey's Anatomy Season Ahead

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Are Mark and Lexie over for good on Grey's Anatomy? Yes? No? Maybe?

To hear Chyler Leigh tell it ... we're still not sure. But the actress did open up about the subject along with other Grey's Anatomy topics in a chat with TV Line.

Some excerpts from her talk with Matt Webb Mitovich appear below:


On whether Lexie is really digging Jackson or just using him as a distraction from Mark: "Well, it’s a complicated situation. As far as Jackson goes, they have so many similarities ... They’re both very driven, they’re both up-and-coming in their careers."

"They’re into the same things, and there’s something that’s really refreshing about that for her. He obviously really cares about her, and she really cares about him, so there’s that blossoming of something new. But yeah, there is a distraction [element to it]."

On who needs to grow up, Lexie or Mark: "I say Mark, but you know - whatever!"

On Lexie's reaction when Mark stepped aside: "I was very careful in the way that I chose to play that, because I didn’t want there to be too much of her searching him, saying, 'No, tell me to stay!' She had to make a decision for herself."

“[She had to say], You know what, this isn’t where I’m at. I’m with somebody who makes me happy, and who I can see some sort of a future with and still be able to focus on my career and not have to worry about being some step-mom.”

On the season ahead, which may be the last for some original stars: "The great thing about the show in general is that it has so much legroom to continue to grow. You can continually bring in new characters, so it’s an ER situation in a sense."

"There’s always someone coming in, the prospect of interns, the residents now having interns, which we really haven’t gotten to see yet ... There’s a lot of room for new storylines and growth. I can represent the Grey [in Grey's Anatomy], I’m not going anywhere!"

Follow the above link to TV Line's full interview with Chyler!

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I hope Grey's starts out with a bang next season! I would hate for Grey's not get renewed based on a crappy season because of Shonda and the writers. They need to step it up. I hope someone at abc told her to step it up. Sh needs to write the premiere.But E.R had a slow start after the originals left but it still managed to have 15 ABC will probably keep it on the air for two to three more years just to prove a point.


If Meredith and Derek were to leave, I'm ready for Lexie to take over. Some people may not like it, but Lexie is a Grey and if they get a season 9, I'm more than ready to watch it focus on Lexie. After all, it is her 5th year on the, it'll be her 6th if they get a season 9. So it's not like they're bringing in a complete stranger.


To me, Lexie is the main character, I know she's not, but she's my favourite and when she's in a scene, I'm instantly interested. Mark and Lexie are so much better than Lexie and Jackson. And I know everyone loves Meredith and I used to, but she's gotten boring.


There is only one other instance I can remember where such a huge fan base like Mark/Lexie was so completely ignored. Their fans have been screaming for SR to put them back together yet time and time again, those fans get royally screwed as Shonda does what she does best - lies through her damn teeth. I follow some spoilers, like this site, once in a while but I quit watching the show over this. Enough is enough. Lexie and Jackson are being protrayed as being so similar - but that much similarity is a boring relationship to watch. While I think Shonda went way too far making Mark the father of callie's baby (and I'm deathly sick of the callie and arizona show) the differences between him and Lexie and the fact the they truly love each other are what made them perfect.


mark NEEDED to grow up...not it's Lexie turn. She'll become a step-mom if she decides to stay with Mark, she needs to learn how to deal with it don't you think?

Merder fan 4ever

Although I like Lexie, there is only one Grey I'm really interested in watching. So if majority of original characters leave, I'll probably be out too. I love Grey's, but every good thing has to come to an end, right? I just hope they don't drag it out for another 7 seasons like ER...


Chyler is doing a really great Job by playing the neurotic Lexie! But I don't see her as a lead character!
I love the show but if MerDer leaves I will not be a stalker anymore!
And I hope their end Marks love story and bring him an Arizona for him!


Mer is the true grey, not lexie !!!! ECK.

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)

Lexie: [narrating] Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.
Mark: It isn't just death we have to grieve. It's life. It's loss. It's change.
Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime.
Izzie: That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive.
Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much.
Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.
Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty.
Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can't control it.
Arizona: The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.
Callie: And let it go when we can.
Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again.
Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: There are five stages of grief. They look different on all of us, but there are always five.
Alex: Denial.
Derek: Anger.
Bailey: Bargaining.
Lexie: Depression.
Richard: Acceptance.