Shonda Rhimes Shares Her Thoughts On "Drowning On Dry Land"

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No question about it, Grey's Anatomy creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes - who wrote "Walk On Water," this week's "Drowning On Dry Land" and next week's "Some Kind of Miracle" - is taking some heat over recent developments.

How could she kill Meredith? Is she forcing a dramatic story line just for the sake of dramatic story line? And what happens next?

Rhimes' thoughts are articulated on her official blog, which you can read here.

But here's an excerpt from her take on "Drowning On Dry Land" and Meredith in particular. Even though she died, which was really sad, at the same time, it was kind of cool, wasn't it? Take it away, Shonda...


So, yeah, that was Denny and Dylan.

I'm trying to be all casual about it.

Like I don't care.

Like, you know, Denny and Dylan, whatever. I'm cool, I'm good.

But I almost hugged Jeffrey Dean Morgan to death when he arrived on set. He was nice about it considering the restraining order he should have taken out against me during Season Two. I was glad to see him. And I was glad to see Kyle Chandler who was gracious enough to fly out here and film on one of his very few days off from the very well-written Friday Night Lights.

See, I miss Denny and Dylan. A lot. So it was nice to see them for a moment, wasn't it? Even if Meredith is dead?

You all have some pretty strong feelings about this. I've been reading your comments. Strong feelings. Which I respect. Grey's Anatomy is in its third season and we're doing something a little... different. It's about time we did.

Because, as I said when you shouted your horror about the Meredith-George sex, I remind you that we writers like to follow the characters here and we try very hard not to make story just to make story.

We like to have a point. Meredith being dead is about... well, you will see what it is about next week. She was in pain, this girl. And...

... okay, I don't want to talk about that. Meredith being dead at the end of this episode. I can't. Not yet.

Shonda Rhimes Shares Her Thoughts On "Drowning On Dry Land"

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I cannot get on the forums, can anyone else? I think that Burke and Christina may break up. It could also be that Derek gets chief! That would be awesome. I hope that the new Belgian Grey gave comes true!


BB--I feel so bad for you to have to go through this stress over IW. I personally will jump for joy if Burke-Cristina just make it through the end of Season 3 intact. Even a wedding doesn't seem as important anymore as just keeping them together and on the show. I am rooting for him and for you.


Burke Backer--I am going out of my mind with these technical problems on this site. After one of the most intense, possibly pivotal, GA episodes yet, none of the regulars are here or on the forums. None! There are a few newbies on Bang but I mostly have been talking to myself. Please get this fixed tomorrow people---I need my friends back!!!


Oh boy, that is a MAJOR SPOILER in the site Belgian Grey gives the link for. I almost wished I didn't read it, but it makes alot of sense as far as Meredith. It really worries me what it says about Burke. I am going to try to stay away from spoilers after the next episode...maybe.


Hi Rose, I still can't get to the forums. When I click on forums it takes me to the previews of Walk on Water. I miss chatting on the new Burktina forum.


Thanks Belgian Grey. Now I am worried all over again. Of course the blow to Burke could be that someone else is named Chief or that his heart patient, Ellis Grey, dies. I really hope that is the connection. I have never for a minute thought that Meredith would die, but I am always scared to death that ABC/Touchstone will give in to the people calling for Isaiah's head and that we will lose Burke. I know rationally everyone who has said that the death won't be Burke's is right. But until I see him live through it I'm going to worry. I also don't want Cristina to break up with him. I have invested over two years in their relationship and that would be just too sad. They are so good together. They are both so unconventional, I can't imagine either one of them with anyone else. I don't like that there were reshoots for this coming episode. I don't like that the spoilers say that originally there wasn't going to be a death this coming week and now there is. Reshoots could mean it was shot after the Golden Globes so who knows. I am honestly getting an ulcer over this show. I want to believe that they have settled their differences and that Isaiah will stay on the show, but I don't like that Shonda doesn't mention his character at all iln her podcast or on her blog. She almost never does any more. Breaks my heart. I need her to be rooting for Burke and Cristina.


According to there is no new episode on March 1st and new ones start back on March 8th.


Okay, first of all, I did not hear anywhere that there was going to be a break! Why would there be another break?! I was so excited that it's been all new episodes since it came back in January. Why does it seem like last season there were so many more episodes then this season?! Anyone know how long this one is going to be? Hopefully just a week!
Secondly, I agree with all you people that have commented that Meredith will be revived and there will be some kind of connection between her and Ellis and then Ellis will eventually die. That seems the most logical. You don't kill off the title character of the best television drama in the U.S. mid-season. You just don't. Similar to the O.C, Marissa died and the show died with her. And she wasn't even the TITLE character.
I also think that Cristina will be the one to save Meredith. There's such a strong bond between the two of them and it's easy to see even if the writers don't obviously show it.
I was also heartbroken to see Derek in this episode. I swear he's the only man in the world that can convey every emotion he's feeling just through his eyes! I wish someone would look at me the way he looks at Meredith! I think Meredith will come through, if not for herself, for Derek.
I also don't think that Burke will die. Meredith's near-death experience is already putting too much stress on Cristina, they couldn't possibly then kill of her fiance! It's just not right! Meredith will pull through and Burke will be just fine.
As for Izzie's speech, I thought that it was typical Izzie and I enjoyed it. We already know from last season how she's inappropriate at the wrong times and this just further proved it. It's just how she is and you have to respect her for it.


Any way to find out for how long Pickens signed the contract with GA? I know that Kate Burton is very buzzy and probably does not have time free to dedicate long hours to GA anymore. I can't take the waiting anymore. On a french forum they analyzed every picture of the promos this gives you an idea on what an impact this show has. Also I can't understand why nobody knows how long the break will last some say 2 months this does not seem reasonable. Can anyone explain to me why there are breaks (except for the holiday season of course that I understand) we don't have that in Europe except for the summer time. Thanks


I just had a revelation guys! I was reading somewhere, that yes someone died this week, someone will die next week also, but only one of those deaths will stick. And I don't think that one will be Meredith. What if, because of the stress of trying to save Meredith, the Cheif has a heart attack and maybe he's the one that dies, or Ellis dies. One of 'em will die and Mer will be fine...
I hope. Izzie believe's and so do I.


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.