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Grey's Anatomy Season 9: Will Anyone Else Die?!

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With Grey's Anatomy fans still reeling from the eighth season finale of the ABC drama, creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes has a warning for those mourning the shocking death of a fan favorite:

They are still out there.

In an interview with E! Online, Rhimes said that "everyone is still so immersed in ‘Who died?'" that "no one is talking about the thing that I actually think is important and was the point of the [season finale]."

What would that be exactly? You may not be ready for this ...

Meant to Be

"They're still out there in the forest, and we don't know if they are going to be OK," she said. "We left it open for a reason because ... I hate to say this, but just because you saw people alive at the end of the finale doesn't mean they're going to be alive when the season starts up."

"We are completely jumping off into the unknown next season."

The unknown is something Rhimes is well familiar with.

The show-runner actually had a second cliffhanger planned and written that reflected her not knowing what would happen next season, regarding the cast's return (they have since signed new contracts).

Up until the day before the table read for the finale, this was up in the air. Then the original cast members re-signed, which "turned the tables" and pointed the eighth season-ender in the direction we witnessed.

The biggest consequence of that direction, obviously, was the death of Lexie Grey. A series regular and fan favorite since the tail end of Grey's Anatomy Season 3, her loss is hard for fans to stomach.

How did Chyler Leigh, who plays Lexie, take the news?

"Stuff that happens inside our family is stuff that happens inside our family," Rhimes said. "I have so much respect for Chyler, and the decision was very hard for everybody involved and I want to respect her privacy."

"The only thing I knew when I started writing the finale was that Chyler was leaving the finale. That was the only information I knew," she says, adding that the cast found out "at the table read."

"It was really, really emotional. Chyler Leigh and I were the only people who knew what was coming for her character. Kim Raver and I were the only ones who knew what was coming for that character."

"Chyler and I had been discussing it for months."

Excerpts from the rest of Rhimes' interview below ...

Mark and Meredith

On the possibility of ghost Lexie: "We saw Denny as a ghost, and people didn't really like that, did they? It was a really hard decision to let that character die versus send her off into the sunset somewhere."

"It was really difficult. It was not made lightly. I don't think we're going to see Lexie Grey ever again. That's not the intention, to see her again. It's a big loss for the characters and it's a big loss for the show."

On her "other plans" for Mark and Lexie: "Honestly, I always felt like Mark and Lexie were meant to be. If things had not turned out the way they had this season, I had a completely different thing planned for them."

"I was one of the people who loved Mark and Lexie together; I had a completely different thing planned for them. The introduction of Julia was part of planning a completely different storyline for them."

"When Mark and Lexie say 'meant to be,' it wasn't about servicing the fans. That's how I felt. That's what was supposed to happen, and that's what I wanted to see. It was heartbreaking."

On Teddy's possible return: "I don't think that's a possibility that has been ruled out. At least not by me. I love Kim. I say to my partner Betsy [Beers] every once in a while, 'We could do a series that's just Med Com.'"

On this being the hardest-ever episode to write: "It was for a variety of different reasons. I questioned it while we were shooting it and I questioned it once I saw the edit for it."

"And then once we got to the soundstage, literally Tuesday, I'm watching the show and I'm still changing the music at the last minute. Because it's so unsettling at the end."

"I think there's something very unsatisfying about the way that it ends ... I like the ride. Doing the shooting episode was really great because while it was gut-wrenching and hard to do, I knew who was OK."

"And in this, we don't know who's OK. We still don't totally know who's OK."

"There's still choices to be made. It is very unsettling. The idea of my Meredith and my Cristina in the wilderness without a match, chewing half a stick of gum each, having each other, while beautiful, was really painful."

"I feel like everyone has the right to have the reaction that they want to have. I think part of the reason why I am staying away from the reaction is I fully get that this is an unsatisfying finale."

"I have to focus on what happens next. Paying attention to fan reaction or going online to see what everyone has to say about it is paying attention to what happened before, and that does not actually help me at this point."

On where we pick up next fall: "I do know where we are going to pick up next season. But I'm not going to talk about it."

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yo no quiero que siga muriendo mas personaje , quiero que hagan como que lexie entro en shock y no se murio, la series es mi favorita y esta espectacular, porfabor no la acaben , y que meledith y cristina queden embarazadas ,y que cristina vuelva con howan el doctor, please es una series buenisima

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Ok people....I loved Lexie too...loved her & mark as a couple and REALLY wanted to see them get back together....I cried sooo much when she died but lets all keep in mind that Chyler (Lexie) made the decision to leave the show & we as her fans should really respect her wishes. I just hope they dont kill off anyone else when season 9 starts up....remember...the other drs havent been rescued yet...they are still lost up in the mountains, all suffering from injuries, no food, and no heat. Cant wait for season 9!

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they all wake up from a dream.

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I agree wit every1 who wants to bring lexie back!! mayb if they read all our comments and realise how much we love her they will the coma thing could work bt i guess that i do realise that she is dead and no matter wat we say they wont bring her back :( I really wanna know when season 9 is startin i hate waiting soo long for another season. I have a feeling the dereck isn goin b able to operate wit his arm! so then they cant go to boston. u know that yang is goin stay cause she still loves hunt! ahh i miss it already :(

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WHAT THE HELL?! BRING LEXIE BACK NOW! THIS CAN NOT HAPPEN!! LEXIE AND MARK ARE MEANT TO BE, I DON’T EVEN CARE IF CHYLER HAS PROBLEMS IN HER LIFE OR WHAT SO EVER BUT SHE CAN’T LEAVE THE SHOW. THEY CAN’T DO THIS TO US!! THERE IS STILL TIME TO FIX THINGS. LEXIE CAN BE IN A COMA AND THEN WAKE UP IN THE SEASON FINALE OF SEASON 9. BUT THIS CAN’T HAPPEN. THEY. CAN’T. LET. HER. BE. DEAD. !!

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i agree with jade, i'd like to see lexie come back into it as her being in a coma, she was one of my favourites too and cant believe that this is it for her and mark. April should be the one to go out of it as she is so annoying on every level. A GOOD SHOW DESTROYED BY BAD DECISION MAKING!!!

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Can Grey's Anatomy get any more depressing? I have loved watching this show since its debut, however, I have to say that real life has enough ups and downs and depressing moments. Can't we just have a moment to be happy for our favorite characters on Greys without angst about what's going to happen to them next episode? Shonda, please. Can we have just a little bit of happy anticipation about an upcoming episode without it being laced with fear and trepidation? I was so happy when Cristina and Owen had a budding romance. I would TIVO just to make sure I didn't miss anything. We must have some happy next season! So many of the show's characters need something good to happen to them. Happiness can attract viewers, too. I promise.

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I don't care if it makes me 'not a true Grey's fan' if they don't find some way to bring back Lexie I'm done with the show. I was okay when other people died or just left but Lexie was my absolute favorite character and in my eyes this is the worst episode of this show on equivalent with the episode of House where Kutner kills himself. Why couldn't they kill April instead?! I was so happy when she left the first time and so angry when she came back.

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Didnt Callie think it was odd that neither Mark nor Arizona called to check on Sophie nor did Mer or Der on Zola, Shonda failed so bad on writing this episode

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We will miss Lexie :( but it dosent mean that Mark also has die please have some mercy on us, Lexie's death was so hard

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