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Grey's Anatomy Spoiler: New Chief of Surgery Named!

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There's a new Chief of Surgery running the show in Seattle.

April surprised many by winning the coveted role of chief resident this spring. Now, another big shakeup will depose Richard when Grey's Anatomy returns to ABC.

James Pickens, Jr., will remain a regular cast member on the show, but for the second time in as many years, the man known as the Chief will no longer be so.

So who will replace him this time?

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He or she is “as surprised as anybody else about this" and also "nervous about it,” says the cast member in question, speaking on the set of the show.

Follow the jump to find out who it is ...

“He’s a man of action, really, and the head of trauma surgery - that’s what he knows. Suddenly, he’s in a more administrative position. I think the way he deals with that is going to be very interesting,” says Kevin McKidd of Owen's promotion.

Surprised?

Richard opts to step down “because of what’s happening with Adele [and her Alzheimer's] and what happened with Meredith” and Derek’s tainted drug trial.

But, according to McKidd, whereas Webber’s previous demotion was involuntary and met with animus toward Derek, he's “made his peace with it” here.

That doesn't mean it's going to be easy for Owen.

“People give him a hard time,” McKidd tells TV Line of his new role. “It’s not going to be easy for Owen being the chief in the aftermath of Richard Webber.”

The situation, clearly, is “complicated, because these doctors and surgeons have huge egos, and they don’t like administrative change,” McKidd says.

As an actor, however, he anticipates “a fun ride” as Owen “tries to really shake things up and bring things up to the 21st century in the hospital.”

How will Cristina react, personally and professionally, to her husband's change of status? Will this help or hurt Meredith's status at the hospital?

Weigh in on this and other hot topics from Grey's Anatomy Season 8, which kicks off with a two-hour episode September 22, in the comments below!

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I hate Owen. He is boring and is not a leader. The chief is the only chief for me while he is on Grey's. Owen as chief is stupid. I'd rather see Bailey. I hope he bogs himself in paperwork and rides into the sunset with Teddy. Hope Cristina dumps him after the way he treated her at the end. Whatever they decide with the baby gives him no right to throw her out of her own house.

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Again, another terrible idea. I don't want to see Owen as Chief. It should have been Bailey and Owen could have been in the background.

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it's exciting news to me, Owen Hunt get the role of chief ,Wa!
I'm no doubt Owen has great leadership and managment, wait & see!

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IMO. it was the other way round. Meredith is the one who always disliked Owen and never respected him as Cristina' husband. Also Meredith brought all the crap to herself, since she is the one who screwed up everything and IMO she has never been a good friend to Cristina. It's always me me me. So I hope Owen puts her in her place.

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Don't like this development but understand why the Chief lost his job(again). I have never cared for Owen and liked him even less when he threw Cristina out of her own house. Besides, when did Owen officially get over his PSTD? That seemed pretty miraculous too.

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I was hoping for Bailey, but when it wasn't her I was glad to hear it was Owen, because he seems to take his job most seriously of all the attendings. I would've mad if it was Mark or Derek, because Mark's not responsible enough and Derek's all over the place, now with his Alzheimer trial and all. While Derek and Mark focus on becoming famous for their work and doing something huge, Bailey and Owen focus on saving people in the heat of the moment, without expecting praise.

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Bailey would have been better, i'm just glad it isn't Mark LOL ... As long as he didn't get it i'm good. He has to raise his child and get the love of his life back, He'll have no time to become COS... But i don't see how this is bad for Meredith? if anything this might not be good for Cristina.

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This bad news for Meredith!

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Owen will be a very good Chief. Why Bailey? She has been an attending for two years! They are not enough for a Chief!
And by the way, at least Owen is honest with Meredith and he will not let her make any more mistakes. If I were a pacient, I wouldn´t let Meredith be my doctor.

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So will Owen punish Meredith with one week suspension?

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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.

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