Grey's Anatomy Review: Unanswered Fates

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Seriously? Seriously.

I need a few minutes to catch my breath after what can be remembered as one of the most emotional and gory finales in Grey’s Anatomy history.  

We were warned. We knew this episode was going to be rough. Someone was going to die. The only problem? Knowing it’s going to happen doesn’t make it any easier. So let’s get to it for the last time this season. Put down those tissues, time to discuss “Flight."

Meredith Post-Crash

At Seattle Grace Mercy West Death. Back at the hospital, Webber prepared to take the residents to his annual dinner to celebrate. Ben and Bailey decided to get married and Callie was waiting for her wife to come home. Alex made the decision to go to Hopkins because he needs to know he is good without Arizona holding his hand. 

Teddy was offered an incredible opportunity as the chief of Medcom. She didn’t want to take it because she can’t leave Owen in the state he is in. Talk about loyalty. Just a few episodes ago, these two weren’t even talking. This just shows how strong of a friendship Owen and Teddy share. Of course, Owen recognized what Teddy was doing and fired her so she would have to take the job.

How sad of a scene was it to watch Webber, April, Jackson and Alex wait for Meredith and Cristina. Little do they know...

Cristina in Agony

And Then There Were Five. Leading into this episode, I had constantly checked the comments on for the Grey’s Anatomy previews to see who the fans thought were going to die. Top of the list on the death poll? Arizona and April. In reality? Lexie Grey.

RIP Little Grey. In an extremely sad farewell (and in the first 20 minutes!) Lexie Grey died. What an emotional scene! Mark held her hand and confessed his love for her and that they were meant to be. The acting in this scene was incredible. Kudos to Eric Dane for his stellar performance. 

So what is the fallout of losing Little Grey? Meredith has now lost another family member, Mark has lost the love of his life and Derek has lost his little sis. I’m not sure how you come back from this. 

I have to be honest, I was pretty surprised it was Lexie. I knew there was a chance, but I really didn’t expect it. Will this lead to Meredith back to a dark and twisty place? The one positive to losing Lexie was that it led to a sweet exchange between her and the man she loved.

“I’ve always been in love with you. I’ll always be in love with you."


Damaged Goods. Lexie wasn’t the only one with injuries. Mark needed a make shift surgery, Cristina’s shoulder was out of place, Meredith had a piece of plane in her leg and Derek’s hand is most definitely broken. The most gory? Arizona’s bone peaking out of her leg.

So Where Does This Leave Us? Shonda had made it clear that at the time of filming, no contracts had been signed. This means the fate of all of our favorite docs are up in the air. So what can we expect next season?

Derek’s hand. Will he be able to operate? Will Mark make it until they are found? Cristina is sure she wants to leave Seattle. Jackson chose Tulane. April and Teddy do not have jobs at Seattle anymore. Alex is headed to Hopkins. 

Finale Standards? If there is one thing that Grey’s Anatomy does right, it is finales. They are always intense and always emotional. Season eight was a bit of a challenge. Because of not knowing if the actors would be returning, we were left with an open ending. It worked and it didn’t. It felt a bit like the writers were jumping back and forth to hit each story to make sure us viewers know their fates are questionable.  

It’s a big cast and it’s hard to coordinate. It would have worked better if SGH was just shown in the beginning and the end; Richard and the other residents waiting at dinner and Owen firing Teddy. Other than that, another great ending to a solid season.

Some After Thoughts

  • I loved the flashback to the pilot episode in the beginning and the voice over at the end mimicking Webber’s words. Ah, nostalgia. 
  • How gory was this episode? I had to look away when Arizona showed her bone popping out.
  • In an emotionally charged episode, the writers still found time to throw in a couple jokes. Thank you for that!
  • How good is Yang in a crisis? PS. How funny was she with her shoe?
  • How long until Owen saves them? 

So what did you think, TV Fanatics? Was the finale everything you hoped for or did it fall short in comparison to the other season endings? Will everyone else survive the plane crash? Who will return to our beloved TV screen next season? Were you surprised that it was Lexie?

It’s time to say goodbye until next season. Check out the Grey’s Anatomy quotes for the best lines from the hour and make sure to check back for the Grey’s Anatomy Round Table. Hit the comments and let us know what you thought of “Flight” and the death of Lexie Grey. Chyler Leigh, you will most definitely be missed. 


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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (2020 Votes)

This episode was anti-climactic and at best mediocre for the following reasons: 1. The holes in the way a real crash with surgeons on board were too many and too unbelievable. For starters I am sure there was more medical gear on board in the compartments. There would be more than one flare gun and it is rare that one doesn't work. The fire was pitiful and there was no wood at all. Where is the pile to keep them going through the night? A whole group of brilliant surgeons didn't think of this? Especially Derek who is supposed to be an outdoorsman? Give me a break. Horrible. Over four hours to find a downed plane in a heavily wooded area makes no sense. The wreckage would be unbelievable and the path it would have created in the forrest/side of a hill would have been immense and unmistakable to a helicopter flying overhead. 2. The writing was lazy. Lexi? She must have wanted off the show and this is personal opinion, but if I have to sit through one more episode of Kepner I am not watching the show anymore. She is annoying period. The great: 1. Hunt firing Hahn. What a great friend. Awesome moment. Wish they got back together instead of him and Yang. She seems like she would like to have kids someday. But, it is what it is. 2. Karev's phone call to Arizona. What a good man Karev is. Despite the rough around the edge, he is just a good human being. Great character. 3. Chief Webber. He is one of my favourite characters and growing more and more memorable by the episode. 4. Yang just rocks her parts all the time despite some of the cheesy writing. She is just a great actress. She was the most realistic character in the crash scene. (And the pilot. He rocked it too for the short role he had.)


I refuse to accept lexi´s death!! until september i will hope that she is aliave, tell i´m a dreamer i really don´t care! it´s worst than the time that george die!


RIP: Lexie Grey while i will miss her comedy and her love/hate relationship with her sister, it was time to go. When it came out that Chyler asked for the extra time off at the start of the season i was ok this isn't gonna end well. Then as the season went along i personally could see the writing on the wall. So personally was prepared for it, I like the pairing of Slexie but i'm a bigger Mer/Der fan.
Meredith has lost her sister
Derek has lost his little sister and his work buddy who's gonna do Neuro now?
Mark has lost the love of his life
Cristina has lost 3 (aka the number she gave lexie as an intern) Also did anyone else hear Derek say ROSE at the end ekkkkk NO. overall solid season.


I was right after George,I didn't really care which one got killed. but I am starting to think Shonda has a thing about nice guys finishing last and dying grisly deaths. I dunno why you peeps don'tlike April now that Lexie Izzie and George are gone she is the last truly good hearted one left.


I am sad about Lexie dying as she had a sweetness that no other character did; but that's not what annoyed me about this ep. That would be the doctor's complete lack of survival nous. Not one of them is capable of starting a decent fire - that would get them noticed and provide life saving warmth - and keeping it going? Seriously? I'm no outdoorswoman and I still could have done it. So, what, now they're going to die because they are useless? Lazy, lazy writing.
On the upside, Christina was awesome as usual. Sandra Oh really is unbelievably good.


I loved Chyler Leigh's portrayal of Lexie. Lexie was funny, adorably cute when she was flustered, vulnerable, sexy, and spunky. I'm really going to miss her. I was so hoping that her and Mark would get back together. Her sudden death will mean so much Sloan, Meredith, and Derek. They will have a lot to deal with in the coming season. I hope we don't have to wait too long to see Chyler in another wonderful series.


This is like George dying all over again. :( I love Lexie and I will definitely miss her. I don't know how Mer, Mark and Derek will go on without her but damn season 9 will be good with all the fallout form this.


I was a diehard Greys fan until this episode. I have been waiting for Sloan and Lexi to get back together and I was soooooo mad when she died. Killing off your most likable character? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Time to find a new show.


This is the first time i have cried about a TV character in a long time. A few minutes after i went hysterical and started laughing at anything, before seeing Mark and then I cried again. I could have dealt with any death except for Meredith or Lexi. But Shonda said it would affect everyone at SGMW and Lexi fits that perfectly as she has been involved a lot with every character. My hope now is that Mark dies in the opening episode of next season because i dont think i could take watching him suffer for most of next season.


I didn't think it was good at all. I felt nothing when Lexie died because I was expecting it. It would have been WAY more dramatic if they fought to save her. In general the episode was slightly boring. The whole plane thing is so unrealistic and hard to believe that I didn't even try. I feel like it was just an excuse to find a way to solve some tricky problems like keeping some actors and losing others. It was annoying watching them walk aimlessly in a forest trying to save themselves. This is Grey's Anatomy, not survivor. What happened to all of the surgeries? I feel like GA is losing it's roots. Go back to the wonderful mix of medicine and drama and it'll be MUCH better. The only great thing about the episode was Ben and Baily! Love that couple!!!!! I hope April leaves soon. I can't handle her and Avery together any longer... April is annoying and Avery is wonderful, not a good match at all.

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