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Grey's Anatomy Spoiler: Major Death to Come

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Having offered up many Grey's Anatomy season finale spoilers already, Shonda Rhimes has now confirmed the biggest yet: Someone will die in the upcoming eighth season finale. A "beloved character" no less.

But who?

"A lot of our writers were crying, which is a very rare thing," she tells TV Guide of the May 17 event. "There's some really shocking, horrible moments." How bad are we talking about? Worse than the mass shooting?

"Yeah, it is," Rhimes promises. "People's mettle is going to be tested."

Writing the eighth season finale, titled "Flight," was sheer "torture... I've been sitting with my head in my hands for days. I understand the choice I made, but it scares me how the fans are going to react."

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Rhimes recently quoted Kurt Vonnegut, Tweeting, "Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them - in order that the reader may see what they are made of."

That quote, Shonda says, gave her "the courage to do what we're doing in the finale."

The drama begins in the May 10 episode, "Migration," with "a case that takes a group of our people out of the hospital" for "the medical case of their lives," says Rhimes, hinting that the patient could be one of their own.

And there's this: May 10 will also feature Derek and Meredith's dream house. Rhimes originally planned for the season to end with the couple watching it burn to the ground, but "I was not ready to do that."

Instead, the dream house is being constructed and is "quite beautiful. I feel like this is the moment for it, since Meredith and Derek are having a debate about their future. I just hope we can use it next season."

Rhimes' hopes the cast's contract status will remain secret heading into the finale, where "The lives of our people should be a concern ... A lot of choices are made in this episode that change people's futures forever."

Still, after killing off George in 2009, she says "there are certain characters on this show that you can't kill. It wouldn't be acceptable not only to the audience, but to me and my vision of what this show is. They can't die."

Someone will die, however. Who do you think it is? Sound off with your predictions for the season finale, the future of the show after this season and all things Grey's Anatomy below!

UPDATE, 5/2: We now know a handful of doctors who are safe ...

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I think they need to be very careful with their choices. I have always been a fan since day one, but the show is definitly losing its edge. That does not mean that a main character should be killed off to keep us interested. It just means interesting story lines need to be created instead of rehashing old ones. When it comes to killing off main characters you have to be very careful. Fan loyalty is a powerful thing and can cause the most loyal fans to tune out. Just my thoughts :)

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i think its going to be mark or lexie..everybody loves lexie, she is so sweet and nice, so i think it might be her.

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..true friend in the right moment and he should deserve a happy ending. ..
I just recognized Callie got in a big accident,so it's not gonna be her and Arizona? Nah,don't think so,not part of the game since the beginning of the story.. Adele? No,not too sad for all characters and not even a major character! Bailey? No way, Wonder would kill herself! :D And Webber? mhhmm...now finding Catherine Avery?He's my second choice. Fulfilled his job,struggled a lot too and now even has lost Adele..
Well,no one will know till the finale, let's see!

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Of course many think that it's Bailey or Webber, because of the "beloved character"-thing,but even though, Mer,Cristina,Arizona (Callie maybe too) love him and all the others know that deep down he was a good guy and will miss him. Despite of this, no one read anything about the contract-negotiations with Justin, everyone was talking about Ellen and Patrick who,of course,won't die!(That wouldn't make any sense,they even said they will leave the show together!). It's a character that has been through a lot, but not too major,so Alex fits it pretty much! Maybe he even takes the bullet for someone, maybe mer?! it's called Flight,so something big will happen for sure. Maybe the writers see it as a way of redemption?! Growing up in a totally insane family, falling in love with a girl, who just brought him another heartbreak, getting shot and even ratting out his only true friend,Mer. For me,that would be the saddest version,because I really started loving this character, moody but still a true friend in the right moment and he should deserve a happy ending. ..
I just recognized Callie got in a big accident,so it's not gonna be her and Arizona? Nah,don't think so,not part of the game since the beginning of the story.. Adele? No,not too sad for all characters and not even a major character! Bailey? No way, Wonder would kill herself! :D And Webber? mhhmm...now finding Catherine Avery?He's my second choice. Fulfilled his job,struggled a lot too and now even has lost Adele..
Well,no one will know till the finale, let's see!

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I think it's alex who dies in the final,I think he will pass the exam (otherwise it would be too easy and obvious and even if,he definitely will die) and another one will fail, but he is the one who really didn't have that much appearance in the last two seasons and his story seems to be over. From badboy to "mother theresa" that's the biggest transformation and so he has fulfilled his purpose. To this,remember when Shondra said,she has no intention to bring Izzie back?? All the fans wanted a happy ending for the both,but she herself doesn't see that. (“No, I don’t think that’s happening. We are on a track we have been planning, and the idea of changing THAT TRACK IS NOT SOMETHING WE ARE INTERESTED IN right now...) So this chapter seems definitely closed and to be honest,Alex will never find another woman like this. Fans are too obsessed with the idea,that Izzie is his soulmate,so even in finding another woman for him,it won't be a good story. And if you read the writers blog,they are all huge Karev fans (that would tell the crying!!).

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It can't be Arizona!!! Callie can't live without Arizona ,and neither can I!!!

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I think that chances are at least believable that it will be some sort of shuttlebus crash involving those who were on the same shuttlebus to do their oral boards on this evening's episode. Those who were at Seattle Grace, and not with the others, are the ones who will be on a mission that "leads them out of Seattle Grace". They'll be racing to save the lives of their friends and co-workers involved in the accident.

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I'm sick of this 'major death to come'. It's like there's no other way to make the season finale interesting or what? After George's death this show is getting worse and worse. I think this season should be the last one because the story lines are not convincing and interesting anymore.

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I think several characters will die, which is why we cannot guess. I would guess it's Arizona for one so Alex stays and runs Peds and I think Teddy goes to Germany so Cristina stays, Mark takes Callie and the baby back to NY to recover from Arizona's death and Lexie follows. I think Jackson sacrifices himself to save a fellow resident and April totally loses it when she finds out. Bailey leaves for a better job or love so Meredith decides to stay on with McDreamy lol. I think Owen stays on but begins a long downward spiral that will end with Season 9 in one form or another.

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the recap from the episode before the finale says that a couple shows up to the hospital with mysterious symptoms. then the recap for the finale says that the doctors try to fight a life threatening situation while saving their peers, so maybe it is a highly contagious disease that affects everyone in the hospital. I have no idea who could die, but seriously if it is someone from season 1 characters i will b very mad