Shonda Rhimes Discusses "Walk On Water"

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On her official blog, Grey's Anatomy creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes - who wrote "Walk On Water" as well as the second and third parts of this three-episode extravaganza - talks a little bit about it.

Shonda's full thoughts on the episode can be viewed by following the link above. Here's an excerpt about "Walk On Water" and specifrically Meredith, in which Rhimes explains some of the symbolism involved, and swears she didn't just throw our girl off a pier for no reason.


Shonda Rhimes Discusses "Walk On Water"
I, like McDreamy, have a thing for ferry boats.

Ferry boats are awesome and, in fact, very safe. Ferry boats are amazing.

Ferry boats are a metaphor for Meredith, you know.

What I was interested in was Meredith and how she was doing after being hurt by her mother. And the devastation of the ferry boat was the best way to physicalize Meredith's pain.

The little girl? She's also a metaphor for Mer. A motherless lost girl who can't speak for herself and disappears? Okay, that's too obvious. But you all know Meredith's been doing a dance with death for some time. Y'all know that if you've been watching. She's dark, our girl. She's dark and twisty. And I worry about her.

Now, I'm really worried about her because she's in the water and I want to be clear with you: I don't put people in the water for no reason. Meredith's got issues, she's got serious Mommy issues and she's broken and she's in the water.

I killed Denny (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

I blew up Dylan (Kyle Chandler).

I'm not entirely playing by the rules of TV here.

There's a point. And it's coming. [I have my] fingers and toes crossed that it works.

Because what happens next... well, just wait and see.

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mer and mcdreamy wont die


Meredith has to live. McDreamy would die if she died....thus I can never watch GA again!


will meredith die???? who will die?????
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Meredith Grey die? Seriously! There will be no "Grey's Anatomy" for me if Meredith Grey dies. Seriously! While I enjoy all of the other characters, except for Izzie lately sometimes and Callie a lot of the time, I am glued to the TV set on Thursday nights only to see the latest on what is happening with Meredith and McDreamy. Meredith Grey die? Seriously!


Merideth is not a "dark and twisty" person. She is a young woman who has been traumatized by the abandonment of her father and mother emotionally as a child. Sexual promiscuity is not uncommon in such an instance. Yes, they could very well kill Merideth off. If they do, I, and many others it looks like, will simply not watch the show anymore.


okay, i dont know if i will watch the show if Meredith dies. shes kidda the main character, the narator and her & McDreamy duh! OMG i love him and well, what would happen to them? Really Meredith being in the water fine you made your point she is dark and twisty and has ALOT of issues, but killing her off wont solve them. SO REALLY Shondra, pleaseee! do not let her die.


I just wanted to say I am glad I am not the only person who will not watch this show if Meredith dies. Meredith is my favorite character and I cannot stand the thought of not watching grey's anymore, but if she dies (for good, that is) there is no point to me watching anymore. period. Even if she stays on the show and narrates from the afterlife or something- no deal for me! She has to be alive and Mc Dreamy is her knight in shining whatever or I will be seriously disappointed. Seriously.


Please tell us if you find out anything, I've been searching too and can't find anything.... I'm so nervous for next week, I can't stop thinking about it!


And by "I can't.", I mean, I'm searching every torrent site to see if it leaked, somehow. :P


Now, I know that everyone keeps reiterating the fact that Meredith couldn't possibly die, because without her there is no show. I agree completely! I also would like to point out just one more reason why she can't be killed, or at the very least, can't leave the show entirely. Her name is in the title! I mean, if that isn't a dead giveaway (sorry, sorry) that she's sticking around, then I don't know what is. Can't wait for episode 3, seriously. I can't.


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.