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Shonda Rhimes Unsure How to End Season 8 of Grey's Anatomy

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Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice show-runner Shonda Rhimes has said that she usually starts out knowing how she wants a season to end and then works in reverse.

With this season of Grey's, however, she has no clue how to wrap it up.

The reason is simple and boils down to business. With the original cast members' contracts set to expire in May, she's forced to play it by ear more than she might like.

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“I don’t know what I’m going to do at the end of the season yet,” Rhimes says. “Until we know [who's coming back], we just don’t know [how the season will conclude]."

"So we’re taking it in a different way," she adds, meaning that she's looking at the upcoming season, the medical drama's eighth, as two separate seasons in a sense.

“We’re looking at it in segments,” she says. “We’re planning the first half of the season [now] and then I’ll plan the second half of the season when I know more stuff.”

Rhimes is sure Seattle Grace’s doors will be open beyond May 2012. She's just not sure who will walk through them. “I have no idea,” she hedges. “That’s not my job.”

Think any or all of the original stars will stick around? Would you still watch the show without Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh or Justin Chambers present?

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No. I think there will be less watchers if they do not return, and/or if both couples do not stay together and married. I of course, if they do go, or the 2couples don't stay happily married then, I will be spreading the word do not watch the show anymore!!!!

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It's not that they are "getting rid" of any of the original characters. Their contracts are up. If the actors don't want to do it anymore (i.e. Patrick Dempsey), that is their choice. It has nothing to do with getting rid of anyone

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So many people I know have decided along with me that if they get rid of Meredith n end the Mer- Der relationship u can kiss Greys goodbye! U already got rid of George which was huge and Izzie which was also a huge mistake! We only watch for Mer-Der and the rest of the cast is awesome but needs more story lines and more love for Mer-Der. So again I will say this to you,if u get rid of Meredith u will lose A LOT of viewers,regardless of what some of these others say...u will lose Alot!

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So many people I know have decided along with me that if they get rid of Meredith n end the Met-Der relationship u can kiss Frets goodbye! U already got rid of George which was huge and Issue which was also a huge mistake! We only watch for Mer-Der and the rest of the cast is awesome but needs more story lines and more love for Mer-Der. I will say this though...u get rid of Meredith u will lose A LOT of viewers,regardless of what some of these others say...u will lose Alot!

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Of course I still watch it, after all Meredith and Dereck relationship is boring we had 4 season about them and its all the same the broke up and then they make up, Meredtih screws up and because she is the daughter of Ellis Greys and she didnt have a happy childhood she blames her mother for her mistake and everything its fine again and they act like she didnt do anything wrong. Its time to explore the other character they are far more interesting than watching Meredith and Dereck doing the same thing all over again. I just hope that the writter do a good job and write good stories not like the crappy ones we got on season 7.

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I still watch it, Im not a fan of Meredith or Dereck. I watch the show because of Cristina, Baily, Alex and Callie. I think that if Ellen and Patrick were to leave the show and the remain actors stay, the show will do good. After all there are a lot of people that watch the show for other characters other than Meredith and Dereck. If they need to pick a character to be the lead of the show they can pick Sandra Oh after all she is far better actress than Pompeo. For the looks of all the spoiler we had been getting about Cristina and Owen it looks like this season its going to focus alot on Cristina and Owen relationship and struggles so I think Shonda may do just that.

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Well, the show wouldn't BE Grey's Anatomy with Meredith gone, or Derrick, or Christina, or Karev. But if they continued a medical drama (sprinkled with lots of humor) with the rest of the cast and perhaps named it Seattle Mercy-Grace... and if Webber and Bailey and Mark, Owen, Callie and Arizona were still on and the newer cast: Jackson, Lexie, and, yes, April & the rest... I'd watch it. I still wish Steve was on! I'd like to see more of Bailey's new love, that hot guy nurse. Speaking of nurses, I always liked Tyler, maybe some plot could expand his character a bit...

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two words... definately not!!! :((

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No I don't think so...I mean I'm still mourning and missing Izzie and George. Maybe I'd give it a try if Christina and Alex were staying! MerDer aren't so importanat to me. But I still want Bailey and Webber! And of course Jackson should stay...the little hottie:P

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Just wanted to say don't forget the big point here its all about the ABC money, money, money they will get rid of as many main charaters - as they can look at Brothers and Sisters they got rid of rob and that was cancelled after the next season.... ABC dosen't care what makes a good show and who makes the show, its about the bottom line for them.... Hey if the cast want to move on good luck for them but if they dont and get moved on that's really not fair for us the supporter that watches every single thursday... I'll watch after the best people go if they do?? We will see what happens at the end of the season, I really hope they stay on for another season or two.... and then they could wrap the show up and finish on a high note!!! Love greys can't wait to see what happens this season!!

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