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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."

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

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When is the nest season coming out... i am die to watch it....

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when is season 9 coming out?

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Please dont kill Mark, im looking forward to her relationship with Callie... it's extraordinary!!! i love them together.. i love grey's anatomy,, my stress reliever!LOL..specially mark and callie!!!

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i dont want no oneelse to die it was bad to lexi die may be u could make her not to be dead as we thought. plz start the new seasons iam very ansious

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NO else can DIE Lexi was already enough!!!!!! Please don't have Arizona die or yang or meridith or derek or mark please this is toooo much for the fans :/

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I am holding on to hope that owen and yang stay together. Ive seen so much growth in her character because of him. He is "her person"! Super sad about lil grey ....... If sloan pulls through, im really curious to see how he will chose to cope?!? Mer and derrick are a staple!!!!

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Karev can't take over peds. He's not qualified to; he's still only a 1st year fellow come this fall and peds surg fellowship is 2 years, then he needs to pass his peds surg boards to become an peds surg attending. And even then, he needs more attending experience to be the chief peds surg attending, so he can't take over. He'll still need someone to teach him.

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new to this:) here's the rest of my post:) I hope that Yang will seek out bonds rather than solely being independent. It is an issue that many independent women deal with- ie the ability of knowing how to be alone, but one day realizing that it isn't enough to be alone and not knowing how to be in a relationship and behaving ambivalently towards it which has marked yang's storyline. If mark and arizona both die that would leave callie a single mom and allow the show to explore those issues coupled with her ability to cope with the deaths. Callie is a strong and "badass" enough character to be able to do it. if mark lives and arizona dies there is the idea that mark and callie would bond through grief and their daughter. On the other hand, if arizona lives and mark dies that will make a cliche story line and callie would be dealing with the loss of mark. baily could decide to leave instead of a long distance relationship. she is a great character and a similar one would be desired and could perhaps be one of the new cast coming in.

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I think it would be interesting if arizona died and then Karev took over peds. karev's character is so interesting and he is just starting to gain some confidence in who he is I'd like to see what becomes of him.Derek's hand injury could lead to him not being able to be a surgeon anymore and of course with mer and derek staying at seattle.There is a potential that derek would become a stay at home dad or take over as head from owen.jackson could realize with lexie's death that he shouldn't wait to express love and propose to april.If april accepts would be interesting.owen and yang could get back together in the aftermath of the crash. yang could gain a better understanding of what owen went through doing his overseas work, and he could help her with ptsd from the crash.It could also have the effect upon yang that she will take over the cardio at seattle rather than leaving since teddy's going. This experience will allow yang's character to make any number of transformations. I hope that she will seek out bonds rather than solely being independent. It is an issue that many independent women deal with- ie the ability of knowing how to be alone, but one day realizing that it isn't enough to be alone and not knowing how to be in a relationship and behaving ambivalently towards it which has marked yang's storyline.If mark and arizona both die that would leave callie a single mom and allow the show to explore those issues coupled with her ability to cope with the deaths. Callie is a strong and "badass" enough character to be able to do it. if mark lives and arizona dies there is the idea that mark and callie would bond through grief and their daughter. On the other hand, if arizona lives and mark dies that will make a cliche story line and callie would be dealing with the loss of mark.baily could decide to leave instead of a long distance relationship. she is a great character and a similar one would be desired and could perhaps be one of the new cast coming in.

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I really like the idea of doing another show that focuses on Teddy's character in med com. I did aide work in war zones and can say that there is never a shortage of interesting stories, and the increase in publicity of that work could help encourage more to do it as there is always a shortage of people, especially qualified ones willing to do the work.

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