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 finale, brilliant! Totally brilliant!
I agree with you all, to kill Lexie was perhaps stupid since she is a really likable character. But that's just it! If it had been someone the majority of the viewers didn't like, you would probably just shrug and move on. This, with Lexie dead, I cried for almost the entire episode, and when I stopped, I remembered she was dead and cried some more.
And I was sickened by the fact that no one noticed at the hospital, everyone just kept on going with their day. Sickened in a good way though! Oh, Grey's Anatomy, you do know how to stir up the gut-wrenching emotion of sorrow, over a character!! Amazing, absolutley amaaazingly heartbreaking! What I did find annoying was the back and forth between the crash site and the hospital, it may perhaps have been better with the hospital scenes in the beginning and ending of the episode. To see everything that happened at the crash site and thinking "they will come soon, the must come soon", and than at end the finale switch to the hospital and realise no one has noticed and help will not come.. (sorry for the language, not my mother tounge ^^)


poor mark and lexie
glad teddy leaving
I wish we had seen bailey in her thong!


My God, that was awful. Terrible, lazy storytelling. Cheap drama. Big, bloody plot twists because they can't write character drama. It's a story about the lives of doctors, and the dramatic payoffs come from bomb explosions, and maniac shooters, and plane crashes? Last night Yang said something like: "I can't believe this keeps happening." No kidding. Grey's Anatomy is almost as horribly written as Private Practice these. Put Grey's out of its misery. It's best days are long over.


I am just devastated......Lexie was my favorite character and Mark+Lexie my favorite couple in all tvseries......THEY WERE MENT TO BE!!!Seriusly shonda it was BAD!!!!sad and bad :((((((((((((((


I haven't watched the episode yet but I did watch the scene where Lexie died.It was sad and bittersweet, but there was no way anyone could have survived having a plane ontop of them, she had serve injuries, she was lucky she last for as long as she did, because if Mark died get the plane off her she would have died instantly as the plane was keeping her from bleeding out completely. At least the way she did die she got to tell Mark how she felt as did Mark. In Season 9 I would like to see Addison return to help Mark recover and grieve for Lexie.As much as I loved Slexie, I have always been Maddison fan and I would finally like to see them have a happily ending be it in seattle or in LA... As for everyone saying there not watching anymore I don't think the cast or crew will give a monkeys f**k.


I feel that this year’s season final was true to GA form. They always go out with a bang and or boom. With Lexie’s exit I felt they should have let her spoke with Meredith her sister before she died. As for Stone…good acting! Now, that Cristina is a hoot. She had me crying and laughing looking for that shoe.


Bring back Burke!!! Am i right!?


OK....Lexie actually DID get on the plane in Migration. If you remember Mark aksed if she needed help with her suitcase and she said no, she had it. Kerev was not on the plane. At the last minute Arizona went off on for going to Mayo (or Hopkins, I forget which). The following 6 have all renewed contracts for 13/14. Meredith, Derek, Richard, Bailey, Christina, Kerev. It is sad Lexie has died and sad that Teddy left the show. I have not even watched the season finale yet as the "spoiler" alone put me on the edge of my seat. Planning to watch it tonight. I sure hope Grey's is back for at least 2 more seasons. As far as who was on the plane. Six doctors: Derek, Meredith, Christina, Lexie, Mark, and Arizona. Own was back at the hospital trying to decide what to do about all the staff he was losing...Bailey was with her man hearing about his acceptance to intern at UCLA....Callie and Teddy were both at the hospital and so was Richard. It will be interesting to see what happens next season. I hope they fast forward as I am not sure I could handle a funeral for Lexie if they it shows them all getting rescued.


What the hell! You just broke up my favorite couple! No comment.


1.Lexi was definitely an awesome character, esp. with the photographic memory! Would love to have seen her destroy the boards. Questioning decision to kill her off. She could have definitely given more to the show. 2. April is super annoying. She needs to leave. 3. Is webber starting to become anyone elses favorite character?!? He's so funny!! 4. They should bring back Burke to be the head of cardio!!!! Maybe the best character of all time on Greys. That would certainly spice up the show some more! What ya'll think?

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