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Original Grey's Anatomy Cast: Returning For Season 9 (and 10)!

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Huge Grey's Anatomy casting news this morning. The six remaining original stars have all signed two-year contracts to continue with the ABC medical drama, keeping the core of the show intact.

This assumes there are two more seasons, of course. ABC has yet to formally order a ninth season of Grey’s Anatomy, though it seems like a foregone conclusion. The network reveals its 2012-13 schedule Tuesday.

Assuming Grey's is on it, Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers, James Pickens, Jr. and Chandra Wilson will all be back. The same goes for a potential 10th season in 2013-14.

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Showrunner Shonda Rhimes has said it's been challenging to craft the season finale to the current eighth season while not knowing which members of the original cast would and would not return next fall.

“[It] was the most complex puzzle I’ve had to put together, ever,” she told TV Line this winter.

”We have all these moveable pieces of who’s coming back and who’s not, and finally I just decided to focus on what was going to be best creatively [and] make it work regardless of what is happening [off screen].”

The Grey's Anatomy season finale spoilers we've read so far suggest a very dark chapter to come tonight and next week, but it looks like Meredith, Derek, Alex, Cristina, Bailey and Richard all survive.

The original cast members were the only ones with expiring contracts at the end of Season 8; the rest of the ensemble remains signed through next year as well. Of course, there could be a major death.

In any case, it's terrific that ABC and the cast were able to get this done. Comment below!

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Also, why is everyone so harsh to Hunt? When he cheated I was really mad at the charcter for it but everyone's saying "Christina deserves better!" and "Hunt should die because he cheated on her!". Chrisina wasn't willing to compromise at all in letting Hunt have kids. She didn't consider him at all when it came to the abortion, so Hunt may not be the best guy but Christina isn't all that great either.

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I was actually very happy when they killed off Lexie, I was sad for Mark and Mer but I hated her. She was really selfish about everything. I think Arizona's gonna die, they show small clips of her coughing blood and she hasn't told anyone. That's the kind of thing grey's does, it shows small hints that we don't notice until the very end.

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I think Arizona will die next that's why they focused Callie and her day and how in love and happy she was towards the end of the episode because Shonda wants us to be devastated and hinting that it's not over yet. Someone WILL die/be in critical condition in the premier ...I'm thinking Arizona even though I absolutely love her!

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I'M SOOOOOO GLAD ARIZONA DID NOT DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE HER AND CALLIE THEY ARE SO CUTE TOGETHER,AS WELL AS FUNNY.I LOVE BEN AND BALLIE TOO. I HOPE HE STAYS.I WOULD LOVE TO SEE MORE OF CALLIE AND ARIZONA AT HOME WITH LITTLE SOFIA. PLEASE,PLEASE DON'T TAKE ARIZONA OR CALLIE OUT OF THE SHOW I'M NOT GAY BUT THEY MAKE THE SHOW FOR ME! BETTY B.

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This was not a finale, because apart from Lexie's death nothing else happened.Shonda didn't do a good job in this finale (in my opinion of course=
I think the show is going to lose a lot of listeners.. And in that case I wouldn't be surprised...
Anyway I'm still waiting for ep 8x25 !!!!

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I think this season of grey's anatomy has not lived up to the usual unpredictable, entertaining and 'butterflies in your stomach kind of feeling'
I think Owen and Christina have no chemistry,lexie and Mark (over rated), i think April's character should be re created, more confidence and less goofy behavior and certainly a romantic relationship with Avery where he's the one totally in love with April.

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I thunk this season of grey's anatomy has not lived up to the usual unpredictable, entertaining and 'butterflies in your stomach kind of feeling'
I think Owen and Christina have no chemistry,lexie and Mark (over rated), i think April's character should be re created, more confidence and less goofy behavior and certainly a romantic relationship with Avery where he's the one totally in love with April.

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My god, Courtney. Relax, will you! This is a tv-show. And learn to punctuate, please.

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I hate to see Lexie leave the show too, esp. after she told Mark she loved him. I thought for sure that someone was having a bad dream. I guess now we have to see who decides to stay at Seattle Grace and who decides to go to the hospital they applied for & if Christina and Hun get together.

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OMG people need to chill about lexie getting killed off. It was her decision to leave the show. She wasn't that much of major character anyway. They slowly lessened her role until All that was really interesting about her was her relationship with mark.

Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

Meredith