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Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Spoilers: Will Derek and Meredith Reconcile? Will Cristina Keep the Baby?

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While this is not the last season of Grey's Anatomy, it could well be the swan song for Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo, whose contracts are up at the end of the spring.

On that front, Shonda Rhimes is proceeding as if "everything's going to work out."

"I know both Patrick and Ellen are excited about the idea of continuing, but that doesn't mean everything's going to work," the executive producer tells TV Guide.

Either way, regarding Season 8, Rhimes has some good news for MerDer fans ...

Meredith-Derek Love

"While the couple ended last season apart thanks to the rift over the clinical trial, "we open the [first] episode with Derek working on their dream house."

"I would love to have them moving in around the end of the season."

The catalyst for their reconciliation? Shonda says, "Baby Zola is transformative for Meredith, and what happens will be painful, unexpected and wonderful."

As for Cristina's unplanned pregnancy, we'll know by the end of the September 22 season premiere whether or not she keeps the baby. Think she will?

Other story lines in the works for the coming Grey's Anatomy Season 8:

  • A giant sinkhole opens in a Seattle street during the two-hour premiere.
  • New chief resident April will likely lose her virginity ... but to whom?
  • We'll be introduced Jackson's mom, possibly played by Debbie Allen.
  • The continued declining health of Alzheimer's-stricken Adele Webber.
  • A Shepherd family reunion for Derek and his mother and sisters.

Thoughts on these Grey's Anatomy developments? Comment below!

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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Once again, the writers of this prime-time soap opera have created a choppy, disjointed and pretentious "conclusion" to last seasons cliffhanger that answered very little and left viewers feeling hoodwinked. Congratulations to to the writers; you have officially "jumped the shark" and I for one am DONE watching!

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hi derek and meredith

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if derek n mar leave the show i will never watch the show again

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I love greys n derek n mer. Best ever I hope that she get prego instead of adot. N I hope for longer n hotter sense of mer n derek
Other then that its great

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if Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey leave the show i will stop watching Grey’s Anatomy because it wouldn’t be the same without them!

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Derek should take Meredith to the family reunion, and them be happy again and they bring baby Zola!!!!! Would be nice!

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I actually thought that Yang was unable to have children. I thought that Dr. Montgomery was unable to save the tubes. Anyway, she should keep her Mcbaby, Lexi should reconcile with McSteamy,Avery should take his friendship with McVirgin to the next level, and Alex should MCLEAVE!! Just kidding. I love him. Come Back Izzy.As for Derek and Meredith, You guys are Perfect together. Just enjoy each other and baby Zola and move into your Mcdream house. For the love of God, DONT LEAVE!!!!!!! How will there be a Grey's Anatomy with no Dr. Grey. (Sorry Lexi)

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I can't wait for the new season! I'm excited to see what happens with Derek and Meredith. I'm going to go against the norm and say that I love Lexi and Jackson together.
I think April and Sloan might be an interesting pair. She is more mature and better able to handle the responsibilities that come with Mark's family. Plus, who else is there for her to sleep with? I do hope Christina keeps the baby. We got to see briefly in season 2 how upset Christina was about the ectopic pregnancy. I think if she has the abortion it will really hurt her. I like to see Izzy come back. I miss the nice Alex. Regardless, it should be an interesting season!

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I am so excited for season 8!! I'm so addicted to GA that I have been watching the old seasons on Lifetime! I hope meridith and Derek get back together I live them an totally agree with everyone else, I hope all the old couples get back together as well Lexi and Sloan and owne an cristina stay and keep the baby! Cristina will be interesting to watch prego. Ahhhh Soo PUMPED!!! ;)

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when will it be aired in the Philippines?..Or what Cable Network it will be shown

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
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