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)

shonda rhimes needs to guest star on the show and someone should kill her off. how about them apples??


teddy should have died. period. I'm outraged and this finale was not good.


It's afternoon her in Australia, and the first this I did is read this review. Why Lexie?


Lexie is/was my favorite. That last scene with Mark had me sobbing. I actually want Mark to die just so they'd end up together.My favorite part/one thing I find interesting about Mark was his relationship with Lexie before SR had to break them up.. If the actress wanted to leave, they still didn't have to kill Lexie. They've survived bombs,shooters, Izzie survived cancer that spread everywhere. Callie and her baby survived with no lasting effects. Why couldn't Lexie just move away and still end up with Mark, like Ben and Bailey did. She could have left and maybe done guest stars. Killing characters is not always good drama. On Lost and on Grey’s it’s become a cheap gimmick.BOO to Grey's.


Worst finale of the entire Grey’s series. Bottom line. I had the death narrowed down to Arizona, Callie (they set it up with the “don’t ever leave me� scene), April (by suicide, which I hoped for), and Lexi, because her death would cause the biggest outcry and drama next season. She didn’t really get any scenes this year anyway, so I guess they may as well have cut her. BAD call in my opinion. 80% of the Grey’s audience hates April, so I wish she would friggin leave already. Teddy is 10 times the character that she is. But you kill LEXI? Lexi, whom Shonda teased would have a happy ending with Mark? Lexi, whom has a photographic memory, aka indefinite storylines? The character with the biggest heart for her patients since Izzy Stevens? This makes me immensely ANGRY. Other thoughts:
Who honestly cares about Ben and Baily? I roll my eyes every time they are on screen. Both characters could leave and I would be happy. Another useless character: April Kepner. Stop trying to make her likable just ain't happening. This felt more like a regular episode, and did not pack the punch that you expect from a Greys finale. EXTREMELY disappointed in Shonda Rhimes.


It was obviously going to be Lexie as the corpse. Her plot lines were almost nil the entire year except for her desire for Mark. Essentially, Shonda killed her off a while ago.
She was left in the show because if Ellen Pompeo did not sign, they would need a Grey. But she's barely appeared most of the year.
The problem is that she was the "normal one," the one people could identify with. She was sort of gorgeous but in a nice way. She was the kid sister in a world where the adults were generally filled with conflict.
So where are they? MerDer is boring because they're together and happy. Cristina is still a sort of monster and her battles with Owen are the things the daytime soaps moan over. Calzona is so nice that it's boring. Karev is supposed to be gone and his life is losing one woman after another. Jackson is pretty but actually boring.
I used to really want to see Grey's. Now half the time I see it on DVR because I'd rather see Touch or Person of Interest.
The shark has been jumped.


Lexie was absolutely my favorite character, this was the saddest and most shocking T.V. main character death I've ever seen.


how could the kill lexie?


This was the worst season finale ever! 3 years of building a reunion for Mark and Lexie and Shonda kills her off in the first 20 minutes. It wasn't dark or twisty or unexpected. It was just incredibly sad and the last straw for me with this show. I couldn't have care less about the boring crap at the hospital. I'm done. After 8 years of loving this show, I'm done. I hope Glee drives the ratings into the toilet.

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