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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arizona may be more likely to die because if you guys remember when she was coughing she coughed up blood which could mean that she is bleeding internally


looking at this episod was heart breaking to me and sad seeing lexi die and sad seeing all of u guys injured and hurt. and yea it was a couple of funny things in the show like wen cristina was aking for her shoe lol u don't need ur shose she was makeing a big deal abt her shose being lost. i can't wait to see the nxt season of grey's anatomy and lexi and the show will be missed


guys click GOOGLE--> BRING BACK LITTLE GREY, let's bring her back with this petition!


I understand that Chyler wanted to leave the show to be with her kids and that was her choice but that didn't mean Shonda had to kill Lexie off! I think that's what i'm mostly mad about knowing that she's dead so she can't ever come back where as if she had just been lost or left or something there could have been a chance at her coming back, i could have hoped for that but no it's over and that means mark has to go on without her and there is no more awkward, funny, little lexie anymore... It's sad, heartbreaking, and a huge mistake!


thay don't know if lexie is dead because thay naver checked.


I think everyone should relax. Yes the show may be unrealistic at times, but newsflash, it's a television show! It isn't supposed to be completely realistic. It is not a reality show. Also Chyler Leigh wanted to exit the show so you cannot blame Shonda Rhimes. Lexie Grey is a character on a television show, not a real person. If you were a true Grey's fan you wouldn't be so raving mad about all the changes. The actors/actresses are real people with real lives so you can not get mad when people leave the show. I'm a die hard fan and always will be. I think everyone should just relax and enjoy the show for what it is and stop taking it so seriously.


It's going to be a really long summer if people keep posting hate messages over the same thing until September. Lexie's gone, it wasn't handled well, but it's over. She's gone and she ain't comin back. I guess we're going to keep rehashing that and whether Mark or Arizona are going to die too. Three months is a really long time to beat a dead horse. I think it's time to retire until a new headline pops up on this site about SOMETHING DIFFERENT!


I don't really care that Lexi, died I was a little sad at first. but I don't want anything to happen to Arizona, or Merideth, or Derek, & or Mark.. Because if one of them die, too I'm gonna quit watching the show. because that will be bull.. & that's my freaking opinion. -_-


Bring lexie back


I love the show don't get me wrong but you have lost a viewer from now on killing of lexie, screwing up april and giving so many one in a hundred disaters to make it so unreal. I know it's a drama but for gods sake seriously(Mer nearly drowning, Izzy getting cancer, George getting hit by a bus, A shooter in the hospital and A plane crash all in a mater of years) Whats gonna happen next they get hit with a meteor. Shonda you screwed up the show (P.s Dont bring Lexie back as A ghost its stupid and pertetic..... Oh and stop killing the main characters in such tramatic ways Like the plane crash)!!!!! Your Sincerly Truthfull

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