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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."

A Mer, Der Pic

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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Wow I am still flipping out on this I read it again it also mentions a young aferivan bald actor being in a body bag along with the red head and what sounds like Webber. The older aferivan American dr has on SGMW sweater on It also mention the blonde who sounds like Mer stated Webber was on the plane with the others this leads me back to my thought that several of the cast are on their way to the conference in New Orleans

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Just read a spoiler on Grey Gabble about the final posted 5/8 If it is true we wi all need about give boxes of tissue and some.xanax to get pat this one. It waS posted by someone who ha been an extra on the show. It confirms Webber dieS in a plan crash. It also Hijra that Mark and Julia are on the plan and Sophia is with them. Then Mer, Derick& ChriStina arrive on the scene an Mer states Webber Is on hat flight Then Derixk sees Mark and flips out. Christina works on saving the little girl. I Am guessing Julia doesn't survive from the statement. The fireman comes out and states there are no survives Derick runs into the plan to find the chief and then the plan explodes so we don't know if he lives or dies. Then if you look on the ABC site if shows a pic of Mer and Derick looking. a pregnacey test stick. There is also mention of a former cast member making an appearance maybe Lizzie Burke, or George as a ghost this is going to be an emotional rolled coaster ride

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Err, idiot? greys1232... Adele isn't a regular OR beloved.

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Who could Grey's live without. And this question is a matter of opinion for most fans. In my opinion Grey's only non-exppendable characters are Meredith and Cristina. I think everyone else is fair game. That being said, I do not believe Shonda will destroy her lesbian, happily married couple my daughter and most of her friends will stop watching for a start and that would make so many fans angry and lose ratings. It has to be a character that would inspire further story potential for most of the remaining cast. Derek being killed off would do this for many cast members, so would Richard and so would Bailey that's where I think Shonda is going. Why she has to use a death to do this is a mystery to me, however from a creative perspective it makes sense. George was the last BIG death. I know without any doubt it will not be Meredith Grey, But I PRAY it is not Cristina. Bailey and Derek are my top choice, with Cristina a close third.

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What we all need to pay attention to is the fact that there are six originals whose contracts are up. It's likely it's one of them. During these negotiations Shonda said that they all wanted to return, the issue of discussion was money and Patrick has confirmed he will return provided he can race. However, he also made it clear if an agreement was not worked out, he was out. Racing is number one priority, next to his family. In January I read a rumour that Patrick was being a diva about the whole process and that the other five actors want to return. As far as anyone else's contract being up, I don't think so or that would have been mentioned. I believe Eric Dane is signed on until 2014, which would see him there until end of season 10. And I recently heard that Sara Ramirez has another year to go on her contract. That's not to say that someone does not want out, so it could be one of the cast who are not negotiating contracts. I guess we have to ask that question of who is expendable. Who could Grey's live without. And this question is a matter of opinion for most fans. In my opinion Grey's only non-exppendable characters are Meredith and Cristina. I think everyone else is fair game. That being said, I do not believe Shonda will destroy her lesbian, happily married couple my daughter and most of her friends will stop watching for a start and that would make so many fans angry and lose ratings. It has to be a character that would inspire further story potential for most of the remaining cast. Derek being killed off would do this for many cast members, so would Richard and so would Bailey that's where I think Shonda is going. Why she has to use a death to do this is a mystery to me, however from a creative perspective it makes sense. George was the last BIG death. I know without any doubt it will not be Meredith Grey, But I PRAY it is not Cristina. Bailey and Derek are my top choice, with Cristina a close third.

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It has to be Richard. The character has to be beloved by the cast. The entire cast of Drs loves Richard and Bailey. She won't kill Bailey as the character has too much story left to tell. Whereas Richard does not. In the end of season 6 when talking to the shooter, Richard tells the shooter he has lived his life so he is not afraid to die. For the most part Richard's storyline is done. Adele will die. As much as I like Avery's mom, I am so not interested in her having an affair with Richard. It just makes sense. Now watch it is someone totally different!

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Kill Alex off

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I think it will be Richard. He promised Meredith's mother to look after Meredith and make sure she succeeds. She passed her boards and now his job is done.

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"Beloved character" + "It scares me how the fans are going to react" Crap, I have a bad feeling that Callie is going to die:(!, She is a BELOVED character has been in the show since season 2 + There are alot of Calzona fans out there,, OMG, Arizona lost her brother and it looks like she is going to lose her friend Nick too, If Callie die that would be horrible but I really hope Shonda gives us a HAPPY ENDING for CALLIE & ARIZONA(: , LEXIE & MARK , DERECK @ MEREDITH!!.

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It has to be April, I read somewhere that she'll commit suicide out of guilt and shame (breaking her promise to Jesus and failing the Boards).

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