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Mark Sloan Eulogy Penned By Shonda Rhimes

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We bid farewell to the incomparable Dr. Mark Sloan in our Grey's Anatomy Round Table this week. Now show creator Shonda Rhimes has penned her own eulogy for the character, one of her all-time favorites.

In tonight’s new episode, “Remember the Time,” Eric Dane's character will grace our screens one final time as Shonda reveals to us how Sloan went from alive in the Season 8 finale to being on life support last week.

Mark's death (below) will go down as one of the most tear-filled Grey's moments in eight-plus seasons.

Rhimes full obituary for Sloan appears in EW's new issue, but this excerpt has been posted online:

    Last week, Mark Sloan succumbed to injuries sustained in the plane crash that took the life of fellow surgeon Alexandra Caroline Grey. By the time he died, he was no longer just a hot naked guy in a towel. He’d become more than McSteamy. Mark had grown to become a mentor, a true best friend, a father, and the love of Lexie Grey’s life.

    After six seasons, the end of Mark Sloan was a great loss for me as a writer and for the show. And for the fans. I like to believe that Mark is with Lexie somewhere. That those two characters are spending eternity together, getting to have the relationship they were never able to have when they were alive. Because, as Lexie’s dying words told us, she and Mark were “meant to be.”

    Mark Everett Sloan died on September 27, 2012. He is survived by his daughter Sofia; his baby mamas, Callie and Arizona; his fellow doctors at Seattle Grace; and every woman who ever imagined what it might be like to have a little McSteamy between her sheets.

    He will be missed by all.

See Mark's final episode tonight on ABC at 9/8c.

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There was no other option BUT to kill Mark. Chyler herself said in an interveiw that when she and Shonda had been talking about Lexie's send off, Chyler said she wanted to make sure Lexie left SGMW in a way that let the fans know she wasn't coming back. She specifically told Shonda she didn't want her fans to harbor any false sense of hope that she might, perhaps, maybe, be back. She didn't want them to be disappointed later, she wanted to give them the honesty of a clean break. Chyler pushed for that. So with Lexie dying, what other option was there for Mark when Eric wanted to leave too?? True Mark fans would NEVER have accepted him just riding off into the sunset without his daughter. Not after all he sacrificed to be in her life in the first place.It sucks that they died. I haven't watched the season 8 finale since it aired because it sucks so much. But Shonda didn't have any other choice. Not if wanted to honor the actors and the characters that we loved so much.

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I too really wished Lexie and Mark had, had a happy ending. I just don't see what it adds by killing them off. The story line would have been fine and continued on. There was already so much going on.

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She didn't "decide" to kill him off the actor wanted to leave and this was the only way possible because he would never willingly leave Callie Arizona or Sophia she has every right to mourn the loss..especially because he was a beloved character that nobody wanted to see go

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If she knew that both actors were leaving or being let go why not give them a happily ever after or some closure besides they both died

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Do you really get to mourn the loss of a person you decided to kill off?