The Grey's Anatomy Death Watch: Handicapping the Field

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By now, we've all heard the rumors from E! Online's Kristin Veitch and the ominous, foreboding hints from Shonda Rhimes. While you can only put too much stock in spoilers, we can't escape the weight of this bombshell:

Someone will die before this three-part story arc is over.

Now, it's the opinion of the Insider that Shonda & Co. are yanking our chains a bit. What if someone dies, then is revived five minutes later? Could it be that there's a death at SGH that shocks us, but a primary cast member isn't the one who passes away?

Who the heck knows. That's why it's so fun to watch! If we had to put money on it, we'd bet that the terrific ensemble cast remains intact. But just for fun, we've put together some odds on who we think is most likely to enter the great beyond, if that's indeed what's happening tonight...

Ellis Grey
Ellis Grey - Even
Hey, we've all gotta go sometime.

Izzie Stevens - 3:2
We know Denny comes back, right? And that he's not the only one we see? Could Izzie be reunited with Denny Duquette in the afterlife?

Just a theory. As terrific as Izzie is on the show, she's been lost from day one. Stevens being killed while trying to save the patient trapped under the car would almost be appropriate, and that ferry boat she's on looks like it could explode at any moment.

Richard Webber - 5:2
He had planned to retire anyway, is reeling from Adele leaving him and has lately contemplated his legacy at Seattle Grace. He's also a little older. Dr. Webber passing away would make the race for Chief of Surgery even more intense, and it's a development that certainly isn't that big of a stretch (though we really hope he stays)!

Meredith Grey - 3:1
We really can't see Meredith dying. However, she's the only one missing - and sinking in the ocean - at the beginning of tonight's episode.

Derek Shepherd - 5:1
Okay, there's no way Shonda would take McDreamy from us. Would she? We'd put the odds at 10,000:1, except for Rhimes' ominous warning that the events tonight and next week will be the last thing we'd ever expect.

This would qualify.

Mark Sloan
Mark Sloan - 10:1
He'd be the easiest to get rid of in terms of continuity. Steaminess aside, Mark hasn't brought much to the table since he joined Seattle Grace as a full-time attending.

But he already faked us out with by almost quitting once, and we aren't convinced they'd have him leave the show without him contributing more to it first. Odds are, the best is yet to come from Eric Dane's Dr. Sloan.

Alex Karev - 20:1
He's becoming a bigger, better person, and a more complex character every episode. Besides his budding infatuation with Addison, Alex has really grown as a medical practitioner. The only problem could be if he keeps putting himself in harm's way to rescue people. That pylon was heavy!

Nurse Olivia - 25:1

She'd be easily replaced, that's for sure, and syphilis can be deadly if untreated. But surely there's some life left in this character - and would dispensing of such a minor, recurring bit player result in all this hype? If so, we want our money back.

George O'Malley - 50:1
Yes, we heard the rumor that T.R. Knight wants out. But we don't buy it. The transformation from the bumbling, grieving George to the more confident, married Dr. O'Malley is just beginning. He's been one of the focal points of the third season, and the death of Bambi would cripple everyone else. Meredith puts the Grey in Grey's Anatomy, but George is the glue.

Callie Torres - 75:1
Maybe a month ago it would have worked. But they're not going to kill George's father and his wife in the span of a few weeks.

Preston Burke - 100:1
A lot of people have speculated that Dr. Burke is the frontrunner in this undesirable category following the Isaiah Washington controversy. We highly doubt it. If he were going to be removed, it would have happened already. We also don't know how long ago these episodes were filmed. With a major life event on the horizon, and having already been shot at the end of Season 2, Preston seems an unlikely candidate to go.

Addison Montgomery - 125:1

She's still one of the characters whose life we know the least about outside Seattle Grace, and one of the emerging leaders of the surgical staff. All we know of Addison is her romantic entanglements. Our guess is the writers have a lot more planned for the ex-Shepherd.

The Grey's Anatomy Death Watch: Handicapping the Field
Cristina Yang - 500:1
There's not a single reason we can think of why we would lose Cristina. Every member of the cast is great, but week in and week out, she remains one of the show's most compelling, entertaining characters.

Miranda Bailey - 2,000:1
Strong but all too human, she's the heir apparent to the Chief of Surgery position down the line, and the interns need their Nazi like never before. Besides, Chandra Wilson won the SAG Award!

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i agree with everyone else, and im hoping mer doesnt die, or else i WILL NOT be watching greys anatomy anymore. i hope it is ellis who goes, and merideth comes back. i also think that in the end burke and christina will end up breaking up and merideth and derek will end up together. i also dont think meredith dies because in the previews for next week it shows derek and it looks like he's sighing in relief.


i think if anyone dies it would be eithe Ellis or Meredith(weird family thing) i think Ellis will appear in "Hospital Heaven" and tell meredith shes proud of her and she needs to go back, because the carousel never stops turning.(reference from a previous episode)unfortunately the talk about next thursday is so small we can only put up what we think wil happen. So until then i will sit back cry some the episode over ten more times and wait, wait with a puzzled theory. we will wait and see,


jeez..THEWATCHER= a little harsh dontcha think...i mean if she dies its shot parties at Joes and no dark and twisty...if shes gone the best moments of GA are like ruined....i mean seriously...seriously!
she wont be killed off i wont make sense ,Shonda is just to brilliant to kill her off she wants us to think that! so lets play along with our sob storys =]


Reading these are so helpful! I really hope that the writers realize how devestating it would be if they kill meredith off...they can't do that, right? I mean, it's her show!! I think she'll pull through, then Derrick will propose!! They mentioned marriage in the first part...i bet after almost losing her, and when she realizes he saved her life...they'll get married. maybe that's wishful thinking but i truly don't feel like they can kill her off. i agree with everyone who thinks it will be ellis...


I agree with AJ. The main character would never be killed off.


I agree that if Meredith dies, the show dies!!!! Hopefully the writers haven't committed suicide.


PLease do not kill off Merredith Grey. She is the show and her death will be the end of the show for viewers like me and I will NEVER watch any reruns of this show. My feelings about this bad joke is one that I do not have for any other show ever. You can kill Jack of 24 and the show will go on but for Meredith, please do not go there. Verra


Here is how I believe it's all going to go down. First there has to be some conection with the little girl who cannot or does not speak. I believe she is the daughter of the bomb squad guy. Mer.. Can't die she's not just going to walk off in the sunset with Denny and bomb squad guy. I think Mer's Mother heart is going to KO and Preston to the rescue. Ala, that is why Christinna is in the OR with Mer... telling them "Try Again". I don't believe I saw Preston in the previews for next week. He must be with Merradith's mother. I do believe Mer and her mother will see each other one last time. This would be Ellis' last chance at redemption for being "disappointed" in Merradith. And bringing back a message from Denny also a plus,and what if the bomb squad guy needs someone ie... Merridith to go back to confort his daughter if my assumption is right...... you know what they say about assume.


If Grey Anatomy Kills meredith Grey, that will be the end of me and Greys Attorney. I will NEVER watch that show ever again. I HOPE this is a joke or a dream or a nightmare.
please do notmake it real or you will be the worst sell out ever. VERA


pss. I cried so hard it wasnt even funny. Cliff hanger fine! but really telling us in the previews that it will be the most devistating greys anatomy this season, thats just plain rude! :]
so really Shondra, please please please dont kill Meredith. We love her loadssss!

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