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 can't hardly wait until Thursday. At least we do get (2) episodes back to back this week. Excited to watch last weeks over again along with the new episode! Actually, I have already watched last weeks 3-4 times already since I have TIVO and I'm sure I'll watch it again before Thursday! (ha)
I loved last weeks episode for so many reasons. All the characters seem to have alot of screen time in this episode but naturally my favorites are Mer/Der. I love Patrick Dempsey and in this episode he broke my heart!! He was so pittiful! I wanted to hug him so bad! (ha) His facial expressions have always shown his feelings without ever having to say anything and it definately was so apparent in this epsiode the love he has for Meredith! He looked like he was falling apart! I do think Mer will be revived and I think her Mom will be the one to die. I think she will see this as a new beginning. I think that Mer/Der will realize that they love each other more now than ever! I think the other marriage proposal will be theirs! I do think he was her Knight and Shinning Whatever because he saved her from drowning even though they would not let him stay in the room with them to revive her. The acting between Ellen and Patrick is phoenominal and these last few episodes have shown that. The chemistry is so real between them and thats what makes their love so believable on screen. I really hope that Der and Mer get married! I guess we'll see what Shonda has in store for us! Again, great acting from Patrick Dempsey, I think you deserve an EMMY!


Burke Backer I found that info here:


p.s. again I do agree we need to see some sex. Especially involving either Burke and Yang or Grey and Shepard. We need it. Lets go people.


And one more thing. Amber- in resoponse to your whole "its cool if Meredith dies" thing. Are you insane. The show is not called Izzie's Anatomy. Get real.


Oh yeah, and by the way.... Do you know what you're doing to people's heads here, I just talked to my friend, we have weekly conversation about the show. (she lives far away from me) and we NEED to know what is going to happen to Meredith, and also, what will become of Derek if she dies. Don't do this to him Shonda.


Ok, let me first say, Hats off to you Shonda. Nice writing. I must say I haven't stopped thinking about what's going to happen to Meredith all weekend. I can't wait for next week. I need to know NOW! But I have to say, If you really kill off Meredith I truly do believe you will have no more viewers. You can't kill off the main character and get away with it. Even if she's still in the show, but not wont work.
But hey good to see Denny! I missed him a lot. And Dylan, awesome. Now here's what I'm hoping is going to happen everyone... Meredith will be revived, Derek will propose and she will say yes and everyone will be all happy and crap. When Meredith wakes up she will have a message for Izzy from Denny saying how much he loves her and misses her and he's always with her...blah blah blah...Meredith and Cristina will be eachothers maid of honor for thier weddings to Derek and Preston, Addison and Alex will get together, and Mark and Derek will become friends again... I know, wishful thinking. Stay Classy people.


"Preston Burke who has of late been in the great eye of controversy will suffer a major blow." Hi Belgian Grey. Did you read this somewhere or are these your words? I haven't read that and wonder if I have missed something. I hope he doesn't suffer a major blow. As much as the Meredith fans have been losing sleep over the drowning the past two weeks, I have been losing sleep over what will happen to my favorite character, Burke, ever since October when the controversy broke. Every week that he is on the show I breathe a sigh of relief and then start to worry again about the next week. Television just shouldn't be so stressful. I don't want him to die and I don't want he and Cristina to break up. Anything else I can handle.


GimmeABreak I agree with your POV. The problem is that GA have 12 regulars. The writers forget that MerDer with Bang are the principal couples of the show. I'm glad for MerDer space (finally)


I seriously don't get it why people still think that Burke is going to die at the end of episode 17.


Belgian Grey, logically thinking, Burke is not going to be the one who dies at the end of next episode. They finished shooting the 3-episode story arc even before the Golden Globes. Isaiah Washington went to rehab after that great controversy, and two weeks later or so, there was news that he went back to the set and resumed shooting for the next episodes. Having said that, it is impossible for Burke to be killed off next episode. I'm betting that Ellis Grey would be the one to be killed off. It would be part of the Meredith coming back to life drama and all that jazz.


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.