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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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If Derek dies then im done but I think its gone be Richard.

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If derek dies then im done but

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I have a feeling it's ADELE! Shes an original and its the only thing that makes any sense! They couldnt kill off derek...that just wouldnt be fair at all!

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I hope it's Christina.......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111

Marisa1983

Also, it seems like it won't be April, apparently sarah Drew said in an interview that she's stuck in the hospital when this tragedy occurs. I have a feeling it will be Arizona because she really is a beloved character...

Marisa1983

@grac3liz : it's NOT Bailey, Alex or Christina. Could be Callie or Arizona or any of the ones I mentioned in my post.

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If it is Callie, Arizona, Bailey, ALex or Christina, I will never watch Grey's Anatomy again.

Marisa1983

Also, it's not a guest star or anything, it's a member of the main cast (which excludes Adele).

Marisa1983

SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!! According to Ausiello it won't be Meredith, Alex, Derek, Christina, Bailey, Richard, Mark or Jackson. So that leaves Callie, Arizona, Teddy, Lexie, Owen and April. The only ones I wouldn't mind too much dying would be Teddy and Arizona. Callie and Arizona have had their happy moments and I feel that all the other ones have unresolved storylines, i.e. Lexie, she can't die right before getting back with Mark and April has an interesting storyline that's developping with Jackson...

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I'm guessing it's either the Chief or Adele. Though I don't see April out of safely in the clear either. But I think the originals (Meredith, Christina, Alex and Derek) are all safe.

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