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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i love grey's anatomy. from the moment i watched this show...from season 1 to season 8. i want Kepner out... she's not exciting at all...


If they killed anyone else
i will kill them all :D
oh please don't kill anyone else
please please


It is so sad that Lexi is gone. But there must be a reason.
Let's hope the next season comes soon.
The Grey's Anatomy is my #1 TV show.
Keep up the great work.


Yes Lexie died that doesn't mean that mark should die too. He still has a lot to live for like for his daughter!!!! Just because Lexie died it doesn't mean its the end of the world.


is lexi really dead? when she "died" mark just started crying and held her hand. he never checked her pulse or anything. maybe she just is in a coma. i hope when they find them that they are going to be like lexi's not dead, she is just in a coma. and the whole season lexi will be in a coma and wake up in the finale. i really hope so. i mean chyler doesnt even need to be in those episodes if shes in a coma they use fake people. and one episode wont kill her. shonda could do this bc she probably realizes how upset us fans are...
did anyone ever read that she really wanted to leave the show? and are the interviews with shonda sources reliable? and in an interview with chyler didnt she say she would take over as main GREY is meredith left the show? WTF why couldnt meredith die?!?!
i am devastated. i am still in shock and its pretty much been a whole week since she died. i loved her and mark absolutely loved them and i am hoping they can fix this terrible thing. PLEASE!!!


I am going to miss lexie so very much!!!i still cany believe she is gone!!!And slexie was meant to be!!!i found this video on YouTube and thought I should share it ...........I for one won't mind a lexie ghost as opposed to Danny's ghost!!!just saying;)


Sad to see Lexi go .. Sad to say but kinda hope mark goes to just bc I don't see him truly happy after this .
I totally agree with what ppl are saying about this finally feeling rushed and not well written . Not one of greys best episodes but I'm a true fan and will keep watching until they stop making them lol Lately greys has been so dark and gloomy really hope next season brings more happy endings and fresh faces ( that we can grow to love and have great story lines to go with ourcurrent favs )


Sorry but if one episode is not to your liking, so much where you can stop watching, your not a true Greys and why is everyone so "mad" that Lexi was killed off? Has anyone stopped to think about what will be the basis for filming after season 9? They have gone through residency and are doctors now, whats next? dont be surprised if season 9 will be the last.


I will miss lexie. Do we have to wait until January for greys new season. I hope not.


I honestly was crying and so upset with the whole episode and by reading what I read I believe someone else is going to die and that probably be "Arizona" & if it is I'm gonna be highly upset Cus she's one of my main favorites. Imma truly miss "Lexie". "Bailey" & "Christina" is my main favorite so Im not all that angry.

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