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 season 6 finale was way better than this. Maybe all before! The first twenty minutes were okay, but the ending was just terrible...
For what it's worth, I think killing off a character is far more honorable to an actor than just writing them off. It's a clean cut and the actor/actress can even show his/her best in the dying scene. Yeah,it's really sad that Lexie's gone, but with Mark declaring his love, they have at least one good last moment together. Or can anyone say hearing a love confession before you die isn't fulfilling???
I was even more shocked,that Kim Raver won't return. One last hug and then she's gone??
Oh, and I really hope that they will pick up the series right after the accident and not weeks after it (like in the beginning of the 7th season. That was just horrible). 'Cause after this finale they really have to put it right in fall!!


i bet lexie will come back jst like her nt in a form of diseases bt like souveni\


Honestly I dnt think lexie is dead. They never checked her vitals. Maybe she just passed out. I read that lexie was the reason Meredith signed on for another two years. I think when help comes then they'll realize lexie is still alive and Arizona dies and Alex takes her place since he signed on for two years. They did a lot of foreshadowing when it came to Arizona and Callie. I hate for anyone of them to die cause I love them all.. Well I prolly could do without teddy and April


I don't think Lexie is truly dead. No one examined her stats and Shonda did tease that one leaves but comes back. Let's hope for all the Lexie fans that this is the case. Meredith doesn't need another death in the family.


if shonda knew that eventually she will kill Lexie, at least we could have moments of her and Mark together from the very begining!!!! camon. waiting all these years for them to get back together, and thats what we got??? Shonda, u dont have to kill main characyers to make one finale worth to watch.. season 7 was awesome, intense and this.. ? something missing, even too forced.. i think its too much every year with someone dying, hiting by bus, sick with cancer, bomb and so on. just a lame ending. shame on you


I say let them complain, I enjoy reading the "Tantrums".... they're funny


Many of us (myself included) assumed that lexi dying made room for april, but, now I'm thinking it makes room for bailey's he won't have to go to LA


Incredibly pissed with Shonda Rhimes! Like seriously, if she was going to kill off Lexie, at least her and Mark could have gotten together at some point this season. I mean that last scene was amazing but, come on, they weren't together at all this season...she spent half the time with Avery while Mark pined for her, while Mark spent half his time with Julia, while Lexie pined for him. I'm a devastated that Lexie is dead but what makes it sadder is the fact that Lexie and Mark were never given another chance this season. P.S. sorry for the rant. I have strong feelings about this...


Those poor patients at Boise!!!!


If someon wants to leave the show its nothing the producers can do about it so I think killing lexie off in the finale was the right choice and plus the actor who play lexie probably wanted to be the one to die in the finale I'm glad that it was her that died because I like arizona way better and all the other people and its pretty stupid to stop watching a show because one person died.

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