Welcome back to TV Fanatic's Grey's Anatomy Round Table!
Our official review broke down last week's season finale, "Flight," in great detail. Now, TV Fanatic staff members Courtney Morrison, Sean McKenna and Christina Tran have assembled for their weekly Q&A discussion.
Read their answers below and weigh in with yours!
1. What was your favorite scene from the finale?
Courtney: How could you not pick the Mark and Lexie scene (below)? As pissed as it made me that this relationship has been built up and we have been waiting for them to get back together for a year, it was so sweet and emotional. I had been rooting for this couple for a long time and it sucks that it didn't happen, but you have to appreciate the stellar skills Eric Dane showed.
Christina: My favorite scenes are always the ones that leave me speechless and teary-eyed so I’m going with Lexie’s final moments. I could barely catch my breath as I balled my eyes out. As an older sister like Meredith, it was extremely difficult for me to watch. Sure, I’ve been rooting for Slexie since the beginning, but the thought of losing a sister left me with unstoppable tears. Mer didn’t even get to say goodbye to her little sister!
Sean: I enjoyed the call backs to the pilot episode. The show has certainly come a long way from its early days and the characters have definitely all grown up in some form or another. Great way to tie things together.
2. We knew a main character was going to die in this episode. Going in, who did you think it was going to be?
Courtney: My thoughts were on Arizona. She hasn't had too much of a story lately and her leaving would give the opening for Alex to head up the department at SGH.
Christina: April. I assumed and naively thought that it would be someone who wasn’t on the flight and just wanted it to be April.
Sean: I had a feeling it might be Lexie or Mark. I figured if they killed off April fine, but that would be an easy out death because she wouldn't have the same type of impact one of the major players would.
3. Were you surprised it was Lexie? Will you miss her?
Courtney: Somewhat surprised. I was hoping it wasn't her because I didn't want Meredith to lose another family member. I really enjoyed this character and she will definitely be missed.
Christina: Definitely! I will miss her terribly just as Mark and Meredith will miss her. I am growing immensely sad again just responding to this question. Next question, please.
Sean: Even when it was happening and I knew she was going to die, I was still a little surprised. Sure, I'll miss her and I can only imagine how next season will deal with the fallout.
4. How did this finale compare to the previous season endings?
Courtney: Ehhh... so so. Grey's finales are usually unbelievable. This one was different though. Having the contract negotiations happening made it impossible to secure the future for all of the characters so I get that it had to be left open. But it felt like the episode jumped around a little too much.
Christina: It reminded me a lot like the very first episode of Lost. In comparison to finales past, it was shocking as usual, but I simply thought it was subpar. I didn’t like the back and forth from the hospital to the woods. I must admit that I wasn’t all too pleased that it was Lexie that got the axe either. As a Slexie fan, it was incredibly disappointing and all I will remember is that we lost Lexie.
Sean: I totally agree it reminded me of Lost, but I've enjoyed other finales more. In a way it felt like the plane crash was thrown in to simply raise the dramatic stakes. It was an okay episode and it did include a huge death, but maybe because it felt split up between the woods and the hospital that it wasn't my favorite of all time.
5. Write a farewell to the departed Lexie Grey.
Courtney: Little Grey. It took you a while, but you finally found your place in the Seattle Grace family. You were a great sister and your relationship with Mark was one of real love. Your photographic memory and little bits of crazy will surely be missed. Sadly, your bangs will not be. RIP Lexie.
Christina: Little Grey, we will always miss you. You had an amazing photographic memory. You already were a fantastic surgeon. You were also an incredible sister and aunt. Most importantly, you loved. Mark knew it, and we have always known it. SG-MW just won’t be the same without you!
Sean: Lexie Grey, you will be missed. There was so much life and charisma in you that it was infectious. No one will be the same without you and no one will ever forget you. You will be in everyone's minds and hearts.
What do you think? Did you expect it to be Lexie? How will the characters respond going forward? Will anyone else be lost in Grey's Anatomy Season 9? Share your responses in the comments below!