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Shonda Rhimes Speaks on Grey's Anatomy Storylines, Scenarios

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The season finale of Grey's Anatomy left things in flux at best, in a state of disrepair at worst. When the upcoming eighth season picks up five days later, many questions will remain.

Rest assured, Shonda Rhimes is here to answer them. Or at least tease us.

Below are some excerpts from her recent chat with TV Guide:

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On the theme of Season 8: "This is our last year as residents for Meredith, Cristina, Alex, Jackson and April. It feels like it's a new beginning in a lot of ways."

On how contract situations influence storylines: "I usually start planning my seasons [by planning the last scene first]. This year, we just don't know."

"I pitched eight different scenarios for the end of this season, but we don't know which ones we are writing to. So right now, we're concentrating primarily on the first half, then we're going to concentrate on the second half as a separate shock."

On whether any of those eight scenarios involves a series finale: "I don't decide when the show ends, but I can't imagine that that's going to be true."

On Alex: "We're going to watch Alex both grow up and backslide a little bit. I think he starts off in a real bad place, like really behind and nobody likes him."

On Meredith: "What Meredith did has real ramifications for her job and for her relationship, both in her personal and her work relationship with Derek."

On her marriage: "It's not really about Meredith and Derek breaking up forever. I think people's marriages get screwed up. People have to work to fix them."

"They'll struggle. They're grown-ups, and what's nice about this is that it's about more than that now. They have a child and they're in a more mature place."

On Cristina's pregnancy and her previous pregnancy: "What we liked about that, and what I felt really strongly about that, is that Cristina (Sandra Oh) has always had a certain stance in how she feels about having kids."

"That stance doesn't simply change just because she's married and in love with Owen. I think that there's something interesting when someone absolutely doesn't want children. I find her to be a very interesting character."

"People get vilified for that in our society and I think it's really unfair because I feel like if someone doesn't want a kid, they shouldn't have to have one."

On April and Sarah Drew's pregnancy: "April Kepner is a virgin and we'd have to work really fast to get April unvirginized, pregnant and having a baby. That feels a little insane, so I don't think we want to speed that story up."

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    I think that Christina is going to have a miss carriage (or another etomic pregnacy, or something like that). In the season finale she wasn't feeling well so maybe that's the start of losing the baby. Also if that happens Owen can't get mad at Christina, because she didn't get rid of the baby porposly.
    I also think that MerDer CANNOT end. All 7 seasons so far has been of them breaking up then getting back together! Just let them be HAPPY!
    As for Alex I hope that everyone forgives him. I know that it was wrong and all to tell on Merideth, but Alex always tells the truth that's something important about his charachter!!!

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    I'VE NEVER REALLY LIKED CHRISTINA WITH OWEN. SORRY BUT THE MATCH IS JUST NOT THERE. AS FOR DERICK AND MEREDITH I NEED THEM TO GET BACK TOGETHER, AND IN LOVE. AS FOR ALEX WELL I JUST DON'T KNOW. LEXIE SHOULD REMAIN WITH AVERY. GREAT MATCH THERE.

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    Enough babies with Meredith and Callie having them. Boring!!!
    Much more exciting to have Christina have an abortion and see the reaction from mister macho Owen.
    A man can say no to babies but when a woman does she is vilified. Maybe they can put a positive spin on her character for not having the baby. Maybe she could meet someone new who shares her outlook on life and who does not want babies and explore their issues. Karev could fit the bill.
    And Lexie and Mark - too cliche Daddy and daughter relationship eeewww boring!

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    it appears like Mer/Der are going the same direction as Alex/Izzie! I hope not!

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    I'm sorry but this is ridiculous. Derek knows that Mer doesn't see things in black and white like he does, she does what she believes is right. And whatever happened to the whole Post-it marriage: "no running, no one walks out no matter what happens"...has that just fallen to crap now. Plus he's the one that wanted Zola in the first place and now he's not even there to help Mer take care of her. What the hell?!?

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    I feel like Grey's Anatomy's glory days have passed

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    people what are u talking about!! Cristina can not give the babe for adoption!!! owen is the father and he will never relinquish parental rights!! it's not only Cristina's decision once the babe is out of her womb!

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    Based on Christina's feelings about the baby in that last episode her relationship with Owen is ruined no matter what decision she makes. If she keeps the baby she will resent it as well as Owen and their relationship will fall apart. If she gets rid of it Owen probably won't be able to forgive her. I'm betting she gets rid of it. Too many characters on the show are having babies/wanting babies already. It would keep a good balance to show someone not baby crazy. My far-fetched prediction: Christina carries the baby to term, and then gives it to Owen to rise and divorces him.

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    I'm imagining all sorts of horrible scenes that will have MerDer in a bad place as a couple. I'm quite despondent about how long it will be until we see a McDreamy scene with them happy together. I don't want their last season in GA to be all about them being angry with each other. I'm guessing the Shepherd mom and sisters visiting will probably be considered to be a sort of cross over episode for Amy. I hope the MerDer disharmony will be finished by 8.10 in time for Zola's first Christmas. If SGMWH is banned from doing clinical trials, surely there'll be a mass exodus of attendings wanting to do clinical trials elsewhere?? I hope we get some of resolution as to what happens to Derek's and the chief's clinical trials. I wondering if Altman's husband will get the op he was supposed to have in 7.22

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    @Monica - Mark is not, nor has he ever been in love with Callie. the only reasons Callie and mark even got together was because they broke up with the people they actually are in love with. they have a child and are probably going to co parent that's all. All i need for this season is Mark and Lexie to get back together between now and Season 8 finale, i don't care. just make it happen writers. An engagement or even better a wedding would be Good. As for Jackson, He can just go. He's a useless character, always has been. He needs to stop going after woman who are clearly in love with others (Cristina,Lexie) He needs to just leave.