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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Honestly, I think it will be Callie. I don't get how no one else thought about this. When Shonda Rhimes was asked about Callie or Arizona regarding the finale, she decided not to answer. So my vote is that Callie will die because I don't regard Arizona as such a "beloved" character even though I do love her a lot!


I going to guess that April is going to fail her boards. She was upset about having sex and thinking Jesus doesn't love her anymore. Plus her parents church is praying for her. So maybe if she flunks she will feel so distraught she will committ suicide later on? Then Jaxson will be turned upside down.


@canxgo you wouldn't find a satisfactory answer because your personal perspective has already skewed you to see it your way. and it comes down to perspective. everybody sees differently because of the life they've lived. what you see as bad acting, i might see as brilliance, because of a difference in the way we've lived our lives. and not one of these beautiful people haven't been maligned as ugly by some fan base. not one. sometimes their acting shines and sometimes they can't overcome the writing and sometimes they can't bring their vision across. and it a comes down to personal perspective. so stop stressing and just enjoy the show.


It really started so good and now they just try to bring up some good-looking actors (who definitely never get an Oscar or an Emmy) to keep people watching. I think it really has lost it's cause a little bit. They just don't find good storys anymore, so they need to make it up with sixpacks and lovely eyes. And yes,of course I enjoy looking at them as well,no question, but I'm always a little bit disappointed by the acting.
So please tell me, what am I missing with those? Or is it really just the looking, 'cause if it is, that would be just really pathetic. I mean losing Chandra or Sandra (for example), THAT would be really tragic, 'cause they just live their roles and the performances are almost always heartbreaking. But Jackson?? Please, tell me!
(Sry,but it always gets cut and once again: i am not attacking someone, please don't get too involved, don't take it too serious, I just wanna know!!)


And then?? Yes, Lexie, but we all knew this wouldn't fit, so just another stupid story to have at least something. And what's left?? Yeah,I can't think of anything...
By the way, do you remember Kate Walsh, Justin Chambers, Katherine Heigl, Jesse Williams being more or less successful as models before they started their acting career? And to be honest who is really ugly on that show? I can't think of any of them. So that leads me to the question, would Grey's still be on air 'cause of it's story and if these good-looking actors would be replaced by "ordinary" ones?? I really don't think so and for me that's the saddest thing about this series.


I'm not trying to make some enemies here, so please don't take it personal! But honestly, why are so many people fascinated by Jackson and Mark especially?? (Sry, but these were just the first that came into my mind, just an example!) I just don't get it. I mean they're really fun to look at, but the portrayal and the acting of these two characters are (to speak fair) definitely not the best. So what do they offer except a perfect body and a bright smile (please, don't let me forget the lovely eyes of Jesse,ach!) ??
Alright, I understand the fascination of Mark, 'cause at the beginning he had this brash, airy manner, who finally turned into a good guy. (But honestly, we actually already had/have this! Remember Alex?! From evil-spawn to mother theresa??) But I'm okay with that. But what's so special about Jackson anyway? For me he didn't really have any good story EVER. I mean, being traumatized and intimitated because of his famous family? Thanks, but we already know that from Mer! And then?? Yes, Lexie, but we all knew this wouldn't fit, so just another stupid story to have at least something. And what's left?? Yeah,I can't think of anything...


Kerev is seen making it to the hotel last minute but make it look like he missed the boards so hes alive in the next ep. However the big tragic event is this - alex mer cristina richard april and avery are all flying back to seattle from san fran together and the plane crashes one of them dies. I hope mer and cristina are safe. Cant do Greys without Mer and if Cristina isnt on next season i can deal but only if shes alive and at another hosp.


and oh yeah, it better NOT be Dr. Miranda Bailey !!! or for sure sure, I'm gone as a viewer. She makes this show and is an awesome actress.


I hope it's not Alex - and if it can't be Meredith or Derrick because they are the main characters of the show. If it's someone I really really like, I'm done with the show. I've watched it since the beginning, and have really missed the hot sex between Mer and Der. We've seen NOTHING between them since they got 'post-it' married. I miss Izzie.


i think its richard for some very odd reason

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