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)

I loved every minute of it!! I cried and I can't wait for the next season. BUT, WHY LEXIEEEEE??? I hated it when Izzie was gone because she was like the happy, positive one, then it was Lexie, and now??


Lexie died. That was the worst scenario possible and they chose that. If Lexie wasn't the one died, that would have been the best season finale ever


Oh my god..willryone STOP COMPLAINING about how bad it was, it was amazing. Amazing acting writing and direction. The only reason you think s bad is because Lexie died..which was yes devistating and i personally screamed and cried my self. Im sooo sad Lexie died, she was one of my favourite characters and will be sadly missed but it was an incredible episode


With all the improbable things that happen on Grey's, this may have been the very least probable. Seriously, a jet plane crashes (improbability #1) and most of them survive (improbability #2)? I might have been able to care more about the death of Lexie, who is one of my favorite characters, if it hadn't been so stupid. I'm not sure I'll be returning for Grey's. I stayed through the Denny thing, which was a stretch, but now Shonda has gotten trigger-happy with killing off main characters. Chyler could have exited in a variety of ways; killing Lexie with that ridiculous plane crash was probably the worst plot choice. Ugh.


I HATED! Though I know it's a drama I totally hated because the episode seemed unfinished to me. I started watching it knowing that someone was going to die (and by the promo you could except that it would be Lexie) and that's it! Probably they're trying to shrink the crew for the next season that's why it's so unsure if our favorite characters will stay or leave. I'd hate if Derek, Mark and Arizona leave the show... even Lexie! It could have been April but I think she'll probably leave the show anyway. Again, I hated it.


(continued from below) [Or Lexie and Mark finally found & committed to each other only to find her injuries include the total destruction] ... of her uterus. Or head injuries mess with her photographic memory, totally changing how she processes information and learns. Or ... Just once I'd like to see a GA character survive a life and death encounter sinificantly changed.


Oh no, I was really hoping that the repulsive Arizona would be killed off. I can always hope that she gets an infection in her leg, and dies before the next series, as I hate having to fast forward when she does any scenes, don't mind any of the other characters, but really hate her.


Teddy's departure was the only surprise; especially once the sneak peek showing the opening sequence including finding Lexie. For about a moment (with the coughing of blood) I thought perhaps they'd save Lexie after all, only to lose Arizona. Although I hate losing either one at least the change-up would have been surprising. Too many deaths? Perhaps. Of greater concern is the "all or nothing" pattern into which GA has fallen. Meredith nearly drowned, she made a full recovery. Burke was shot, he made a full recovery. Izzy's cnacer, full recovery. Christina was impaled, Callie thrown through a windhield. The mass shooting, all who survived made full recoveries. Those on GA who face their mortality die or recover. It would have been more interesting if perhaps Lexie had lost her hand. She could still be a doctor, but who ever heard of a one-handed surgeon? Or Lexie and Mark finally found & committed to each other only to find her injuries include the total destruction of her uterus. Or head injuries mess with her photographic memory, completely changing how she learns and accesses information. Just once I'd like to see one of these life and death situations end with a life changer other than someone else's death.


You nailed it.. Everything i wanted to say.. that pilot scene was so nostalgic and Yang's asking shoe was funny as well as the feeling of shock at the gory situation they were in.. this finale leaves too many questions to be answered but its now sure thing that they are not leaving Grey's so they are most probably not leaving Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital.. hats off to Shonda Rhimes and will sure miss Lexie!


I didnt Like them killing off little grey, So I'm hoping that it was all a dream that they were having....

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