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 am so pissed about Lexi.....April should have been the one.I feel like my favourite show is ruined =(


I'm never gonna watch grey's anatomy again I want lexie back I love slexie forever and always who agrees your going to have bad reviews we need lexie back I'm not giving up lexie slexie lexie slexie i am her #1 fan I hate this it friggin sucks bring her back instead of dying she should be in a coma and still be alive


he says cold


The team at Seattle Grace Mercy West has experienced a lot of tragedy over the years. They've been shot, drowned, riddled with cancer, lost pregnancies, hit by busses, exploded by bombs, and impailed with icicles. I'll admit when I saw the team in their matching blue jackets heading for a flight... dun dun dunnn - I knew that plane would crash. At this point, all that's left for them to do next season is to "jump the shark". Hopefully that won't happen and the writers have a post-crash story with which we can get on board.


@goldie exactly, that's such a ridiculous thought, lol...why would anyone honestly think that Rose has anything to do w/anything anymore? silly ppl


Ok so lets cover this for the people who don't read the updates first...ALL THE ORIGINALS RESIGNED FOR 2 MORE YEARS...they are all coming back...and as for the cell phones...if you have ever been in the woods especially in the mountains you would know that cell reception would be extremly hard to come by...unless they happened to crash near a tower...I hated to see Lexie go...but as someone else posted...her story didn't have enough conflict left...her and Mer were great, and she had finally told Mark how she felt...I just hate it for Mark...I would LOVE to see him happy!


Why in the world did they kill Lexie??? Mark and Lexie needed a happy ending, or at the very least, another chance. And they offed her!!! Come on! They should've had April commit suicide. I mean, really???!!!! I feel played, like when shows are cancelled...


I COULD NOT BELIEVE THEY KILLED OFF LEXIE. Awful, awful, awful plot development. After building up her and Mark's relationship for so long, they owed it to fans to have them end up together. NOT have Lexie DIE right after she confesses her love. I mean seriously?!?!? What kind of show does that?


This episode was horrendous. I hate them for killing Lexie. She's the only ray of sunshine in the entire f'ing show, and killing her off will certainly decrease their ratings.


I thought Derek said "boats" not "frozen" or worse yet, "Rose". Rose would have drawn some sort of reaction from Meredith. She wasn't THAT out of it!

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