Shonda Rhimes Speaks on Shocking Grey's Anatomy Death

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WARNING: Turn back now if you haven't seen the Grey's Anatomy season finale.

After the controversial and shocking death of a fan favorite, creator Shonda Rhimes is weighing in on the decision to bid that character farewell ... along with another doctor who also left town.

"Flight" rocked longtime fans of the ABC drama to the core, perhaps even more than past years. A beloved character meeting a gruesome, horrible and absolutely shocking death will do that.

"They're not really gone for good, are they?", more than a few fans likely asked.

But they are. Rhimes released a statement via Twitter after the episode, saying she's as sad as you are about what happened. Read it below, then comment with your take on her remarks:

Mark Breaking Down


Okay. Callie said it best tonight: Life changes in an instant. Turns on a dime.

This finale was incredibly hard to write. I did not enjoy it. It made me sick and it made me sad. We end the season not knowing ANYTHING about the future. Except for two things.

We know we are definitely saying goodbye to two of my favorite people: Chyler Leigh (Lexie) and Kim Raver (Teddy).

I know this season's finale had some surprises for viewers and the exit of Kim Raver was one of the big ones. But Kim's series option was up and she was ready to give Teddy Altman a much-needed vacation.

It's been a pleasure working with someone as talented and funny and kind as Kim; everyone is going to miss her terribly. I like to imagine that Teddy is still out there in the Grey's Anatomy universe, running Army Medical Command and building a new life.

I love Chyler and I love the character of Lexie Grey.

She was an important member of my Grey's family. This was not an easy decision. But it was a decision that Chyler and I came to together. We had a lot of thoughtful discussion about it and ultimately we both decided this was the right time for her character's journey to end.

As far as I'm concerned Chyler will always remain a part of the Shondaland family and I can't wait to work with her again in the future. I'd write more but I'm honestly too sad. I don't like life changing in an instant and turning on a dime.

Thanks for watching Season 8. We are, as always, grateful that you joined us for the ride."

Sob. Hiccup. Sob.

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And Denny wasn't a main character so he sure wouldn't be in that picture....


Er, Izzie is not there... :s


Seriously, that was BAD BAD BAD move Shonda... I cried sooo hard, sobbed even ! But I knew... when asked who would die I said Lexie or Arizona. But still, Mark, what about him now? We haven't seen Julia that much to care enough, so is he gonna be with her now? If he loved Lexie that much, I don't think so... Though many couples have done it, stay together even though one loves another... And Mer ... that was baaaaad... It is my first comment since I've watched the episode. I just couldn't... I loved Lexie and Slexie, waited for sooo long for them to be back together....

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P.s. one more thing!.... in the Greys picture up above- why is IZZIE still in it?? I don't see George or Denny or anyone else thats gone?!! :)

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Oh my LORD! I cried and cried so much! I knew somebody was going to die but still... when Lexie was dying and then Mark breaking up was bad enough but then Merediths heart wrenching sobs did me in totally! That ranks up there as one of the best (if not the best) Greys show ever!! Now we have to wait all the way to fall to see the next show! I think it might focus somewhat on Patricks ability to operate because of that injury... who knows! I just know tht I can't wait for my Thurs. night Greys!


Bad decision, absolutely horrible


This is a TV show if interesting and bad things didn't happen do really think would be as successful. You need the highs and you need the lows. If everything was happy all the time it would be utterly boring to watch. It is a story just let it be told and stop complaining.... Stop saying you won't watch anymore because you know you will, you can't help it! It's Too good not to!


Anyone but Lexie.. I haven't cried this hard in so long! And Mark! he finally found the one.. sure he had Addison and everyone else...but Lexie...she was the one. She changed him and made him a better man. They were my favorite couple! i'm heartbroken


Although I completely hated her dying. I hated it because we all loved lexie, didn't we? and because, in my opinion, it was taken so light, she died in the middle of the episode, most deaths are at the end, and it wasn't even dramatical, and that's what viewers love. I really thought that, if she was going to die, at least she was going to say goodbye to meredith, derek and sloan, and die slowly, not that fast! Seriously I think it's the WORST season finale of all times, the best being the shooting one, but this one, didn't like it at all, sorry shonda.


According to what i read, Chyler wanted to stay more time at home (or something like that) she asked shonda this season to give her some time off, that's why in this season we didn't see much of her. She has like 3 children (and again I read that 2 of them have problems-don't know what kind of problems) so i guess she wanted even more time.. so I do think it was a mutual decision

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