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."

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


Please start season 9early. Am dying of anxiety. Please let every one be okay.


I feel somewhat like teddy, I'm not leaving the show because of my loyalty to it. It's true that lexie didn't have much going on but I think Shonda made an awful decision. She took away Meredith's only family and took Mark's soul mate which I think if they keep him alive the show will be sooo depresing. I think if they killed Arizona ( MY FAVORITE CHARACTER ) it would make so much sense because Alex would stay as the head of pediatrics and mark would have to step it up as a dad, it'd be sad for callie, but happiness does not work like that. I wish they would just kill avery he is so useless i even like kepner more than i like him.


Hi everyone. I have not watched grey's anatomy on tv the day that it did come out. But when I heard of the show and how good it is I decided to watch it from the beggining. So every episode there is-I know of!! And the words Cristina shouted out "that if there is something I have learned out of all the bombs and guns against my head and people hurting my friends-I do not want to die". These words reminded me off all those episodes that she is talking about. So the words goted me thingking Shonda Rimes(the writter) did fix those problems, she sure as dame hell can fix this one. And for the docters who is still at the hospital, let them find out and be shock, maybe they can stay then. If the show was in my hands I would create even a bigger problem for the docters, because lets be honest with etjuther the show is actually about the 6 docters we learned from the bigginig: Grey, Yang, Karev, Stevens, O'mally. One of them is unfortuanatly gone-and listen I do meen one of them, because Izzie is still alive, they can always bring her back. This episode definatly teeched me one thing and that is that we must always see the bigger picture. PS: If Lexie(loved her) hadn't die, how would she have handle the situation. Or even a bigger question: Who would've died in her p;lace??????? Can't wait for season 9. Oh jea-no matter what happens I will always watch Greys Anatomy. From the amazing Greysssss fan, from south-africa.


Please don't let Arizona die she and callie makes the storie.


Yyyyyyyyyy I love lexi I cried so much that's so shit she is such a big part of the show and the fact that she did die it should not of happen so quick with very little emotion yeah merideth cried for like 3 sec then was over it :( very sad I don't understand y she could not just leave the show instead off being killed off never to return :(


Sinceramente no me gustaria que Callie se quedara sin Arizona, seria muy injusto verla sufrir nuevamente después de tantas cosas por las que tuvo que pasar yo creo que lo justo seria no matar a Arizona ademas ellas dos se ven bien juntas y le añaden cierta gracia a la serie, me encantaria que no mataran a Arizona de verdad! :( ella es mi personaje favorito y no seria justo que muera


I was just wondering when it's coming back on. The last one I watched shocked me. I just want to know what's going to happen next.


WHY,WHY,WHY, i cannot believe that you guyz just left us hanging. that was so wrong, All our buddies are out there.... no food on MATCHES no help in sight. Mark and Lexis that is such a sort point. i was so hoping that the next season will have a wedding.I cannot wait for season 9.


Okay, so I am completely shattered after watching the last episode of season 9. I hate the fact that people keep dying and its always the good guys. First Denny then George, who in my opinion was Greys Anatomy and now Lexie..........I think that to allow anyone else to die is just wrong.......I must admit I watch the series and am addicted to it, because it makes me forget about the problems in my life and focus on a whole diFferent world-The Greys Anatomy world and now it just makes me cry. Nicci SA Alberton.


I think Mark should die with Lexie... and Pleeeeeease let Christina and Owen get back together...... Love greys all the way xx(from South Africa)

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