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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."

Heartbreaking.

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. 

Review

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first lexie knew she wasnt going to make it because her body was crushed underneath part of the plane and mark he tried and tried to pull it out of her but to heavy for him to do but then again he told her that he always loved her and wanted a family with her and he was crying and it was sad to see even for meredith anyway im sorry she died i never though it was going to be her even teddy is leaving

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I cried like a baby. I live for this show. Lexi will be missed dearly and I cant wait for next season.

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Shonda tweeted late last night after Scandal. She said that Kim Raver chose to not renew her option. She felt that Teddy needed a vacation. As for Chyler Leigh, she stated that she and Chyler sat down to talk and both agreed that it was best for Lexie for this to end. Doesn't sound like Chyler was given a choice.

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The second Lexie died I just wanted to turn off the tv. Don't get me wrong i'll still watch Grey's, but for the first time in 8 years I'm not dying to know what's happened next. When it's back i'll watch, but i'm not that fussed over the return of the show for a 9th season. I'm still loyal to all the other main cast members as I love them to bits. Although losing Geroge, Izzie and now Lexie has just made me kinda sink with the show. As I said i'll watch it to the end regardless, but i'm slowing losing interest.

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I'm pissed ! I knew it, she was in a critical state ! Apart from Derek, everyone could guess so last week (with the preview) but it's so dissapointing! I hoped for a critical and unexpected death (Arizona, Mark, Derek or Arizona) ! Not for Lexi's, it was cruel ! She was a very great figure in the show: sweet, clumsy and funny !
But her death was very real and matter in fact. Nothing exciting or too dramatic but very natural. Truly realistic like some said. Like George, the best ones are the first to go.

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Y did it have to be Lexie?if she was gonna leave d show,it didn't have to be in death...hw will Mark 4gve himself for not telling her he loved her when she told him.Shonda is so mean,I quit greys.I survived denny and burke and george and izzie and henry I cnt xurvive my lexopedia...am out.

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@Sam I think it was either because she had found other work or because she wanted to be with her family or probably both. I know that Chyler had been saying for a while that she wanted to spend more time with her family, and she mentioned once that one of her children is special needs I believe and I think she said another one has a health condition, so I think it was her choice to leave. I don't think Shonda would have just killed her of all people off just because. But either way it’s sad, but if she’s doing it for her kids then it’s alright. Good for Chyler , I wish her the best.

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A very gruesome but disappointing finale. The writing was choppy and shoddy. The shooting episode was a better finale. The plane crash seemed like an unnecessary plot device. I am glad that Teddy is leaving. Wish April would too. Also glad that Mer & Der are not the ones dying. I wouldn't watch the show without them.

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Does anyone know why lexie (chyler leigh) had to leave the show? Was it her choice or shondas?

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I was crying. I mean besides Arizona, Lexi is probaly my favorite. I was so so sad and screaming at Shonda for killing her. Why the hell couldn't Owen get on the plane and be crushed and die instead of Lexi. I can't stand him and as far as I know not many people like him either, so why kill a favorite and keep the douche??? Anyways, it was good cause we don't know if anyone else will die. Mark was not looking good, he is all ready to go be with Lexi in Heaven, Arizona was coughing up blood. And Owen, if he didn't have his head so far up his ass a rescue probably would have come for them. But no he didn't want any phone calls. It was a good finale, didn't out do the shooting one but it was good. I love the humor Christina can bring in those situations her and her shoe was funny. Poor Lexi

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