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)

The program for me last night was a bit confusing. If you remember all of the doctors on that plane had just passed their boards. Lexie wasn't even on the plane. She was left at Seattle Grace. Kurev was on the plane and he was no where on the crash site. I think it was all a dream sequence of one of the doctors on board. I have wanted to go back and watch the episode on teh 10th but isn't it funny it is not there so we could re watch it.


So now I'm a little concerned...there are no cotracts??? I don't want to see anyone gone from the main cast!!! It was hard enough loosing Lexy but if Christina or Alex are really leaving I don't think this will be Grey's after all anymore!
For feeling like it's Grey's I need Richard, Miranda, Callie, Marc, Dereck, Meredith, Christina and Alex and for the sake of being pretty I guess Jackson :D But really these guys have to stay or I'm freakin out! And that doesn't mean I want Arizona or April gone!!! Pretty pretty please don't make a whole new cast!! :(


Wow all of the Lexie fans. I can understand you are outraged. I would propably have reacted the if Callie died BUT you cannot deny it was still a AWESOME finale and Shonda propably killed her of because the actress asked to leave. So Shonda is not the one to blame!


... i hope they will not decide to kill off another person.
Lexie was a great character and i will defininetly miss her but i guess she was the easiest to kill off!


Worst ending ever! Of all people to kill off. Lexie had so many potential stories still to tell but her death buys the writers nothing. Arizona would've been the much better choice. Very anti-climatic with the exception of Mark and Lexie's final scene. All in all disappointing!


It was amazing...and so sad...cried my eyes out. Pooor Marc like he said to Lexi before she died "they meant to be together" and thats the truth...he is ready to die cos the love of his life is allready was sooo sad...and Hunt took soooo much time to realize that they havent arrived...and i was thinking "gooo and cheeeeeeeeck your bloody messages" and it ended soooo soon...a final episode that took just 42 minutes like the others...they should have make a double one...cos its so special...caaaaaaaaaant wait...does anyone know when we could expect the next season????????? thanks for any information :D looooove greys!


Seriuosly what are u people talking? Less than 20 minutes? what do u think if u die u gonna do it after 1 hour? or do u think it never happened before that a loved one died.. do u think thats not possible? and shit? yes its shit - but hey thats life! if your husband dies.. u cant go to the docter, god or who ever and say: no!!! thats shit writing.. and he died after 15min - im gonna stop watching my life now... AND btw normally if small planes like that crash, everybody dies (maybe 1-2 survive!)


What if it's all a dream of someone on the plane.


its shit - yes - but thats like real life.. so stop saying: im not gonna watch it again!


371 comments???? whaaaat? =) I hated teddy soo much, but the scene with her and owen - awesome! When Mark was in big trouble I thought: ooh but maybe he will see lexie again, no matter where he goes..
soooo sad i loved Lexie.. noe mark must feel shit: why didnt I tell her earlier...u should have listen to us.. How good was the pilot? i cant feel my legs? oh i thought thats bad ;)
Christina putting a stick in his leg was a little bit too much to.. I was suprised lexie died after a few min. - i thought no no no she isnt dead - but she is.. im gonna miss u!

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