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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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I have a feeling it's Alex, honestly. He's an original, beloved character (despite his attitude most of the time) and supposedly he didn't take his boards. There's no point in keeping him on, as he has no love interest, and Shonda isn't going to widow another character (unless she's as much of a sadist as she's proved in the past - George, anyone?). I will absolutely cry my eyes out if it's Derek, Mer, Callie or Bailey.

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its derek because patrick dempsey is quiting the show. im going to cry..

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Its Lexie

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Its going to be richard or alex cant be mer or der because in the thing above it said they may use they dream home and not cris or owen because they have alot of making up to do, Not bailey cause she got her son so it may be alex ( He has been through lots of almost/deaths like his sis his exwife izzy and now with morgan son so alot of misses and now its going to get him) and (richard because he has made mistakes and gotten punished for it so his cycle of life is over.)

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I would hate for it to be Der or Mer. It could be Callie, she's a possibility or Richard, Alex or Balie. No one has mentioned about those actors contracts.

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IT WILL BE DEREK!

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bailey is my guess

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Judging by Shonda's words, I think it's safe to say none of the Original Interns will die. Like she said; that'sjust unacceptable,. After George dying, and Izzie leaving, that's just a big fat no. I think it'll be either Richard or Derek. Richard because it will just have a major impact on everyone and everything, and Derek because I still believe Patrick Dempsey won't be back for next season. I know he withdrew his statement about not returning as a regular, but I just have a feeling his character might end up dying.

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Seriously if Callie dies i would hate on Shonda Rhimes forever. That would ruin the whole show for me. Same for Meredith and Christina and Bailey and the Chief. Those are the characters she just can't let them die!!!
I think it will be Alex :/

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To Chris:
Callie was first introduced in season 2, and Shonda said it was one from the original cast.

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