Grey's Anatomy Burning Question: How Do Meredith and Derek Respond?

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The list of burning questions is a mile long heading into Grey's Anatomy Season 9.

The latest we address today? How do Meredith and Derek react to Lexie's death?

Mere will deal in a way "that’s a little surprising," according to creator Shonda Rhimes, cryptically as ever. And as for Derek, will he be able to operate again after losing his sister-in-law?

Or will he suffer a crisis of conscience, and/or potential limitations via injury?

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Rhimes says he'll face the existential question of “what kind of doctor are you when you can’t do the thing you’re greatest at any more? We’re going to see him head back, but there is that question for him."

How do you think he'll handle it? And who is on the gurney?

Sound off on these issues facing our beloved, embattled surgeons and all things Grey's Anatomy as we count down the days until Thursday, September 27 (32 days) below ...

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I forgot to say Meredith could have taken Lexie's hand and give her encouragement to live. Told her she love her and to hang on. She is going to get Derek to help get her out. Derek will deal with Lexie death like losing a little sister. Because he was more of a big brother to Lexie than Meredith was s big sister

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Meredith going to deal with Lexie death the same way she dealt with her mother death her dog and losing her baby. she gets over them really quick. So Lexie death isn't going to faze her a bit. why? Because she walked away from her dying sister under a plane to look for her husband. And she was suppose to LOVE HER. She would have looked for Lexie if Christina or Derek were under the plane. My opinion.

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It could be any of them on the gurney, as they are all hurt, but it's most likely Mark or Arizona.
As for Meredith, either she denies Lexie's death or maybe she loses it completely (after all, isn't she usually strong ?) About Derek, I'm quite sure he won't operate for quite a while, which is indeed a completely new situation for that character (so that might be interesting) and I'm quite sure that if she survives, Arizona won't be up and running before a while either.

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)

Lexie: [narrating] Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.
Mark: It isn't just death we have to grieve. It's life. It's loss. It's change.
Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime.
Izzie: That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive.
Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much.
Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.
Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty.
Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can't control it.
Arizona: The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.
Callie: And let it go when we can.
Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again.
Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: There are five stages of grief. They look different on all of us, but there are always five.
Alex: Denial.
Derek: Anger.
Bailey: Bargaining.
Lexie: Depression.
Richard: Acceptance.