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!

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


I SO AGREE WITH JESSICA AND DEBBIE. Meredith dieing will kill the show.
it will be The OC Part 2
i dont know if i would stop watching
but Meredith dieing just isnt an option


okay im going with ellis, chief, izzie. but really they cant kill off the cheif or izzie!
so im pulling for ellis, they cant kill off anyone else.
maybe mcsteamy, but hes a hottie so no
and meredith hell no, and neather anyone else
so sorry ellis grey!


Meredith will have a dialog with Denny or the
other guy and conclude that she cannot die
or has much to live for, so she wills to live and
suddenly, the flat line on her monitor jumps to
Later, when Meredith has a chance to regain
her composure, she will confide in Issy that Denny
is roaming the dead zone and still loves her.
As to who will Croak, its Mededith's mother;
she's overdue to leave and who needs her.


Ok, I really don't think Meredith will die. If they kill her the show dies. I agree with a comment stated earlier. If they kill her it will have the same fate that The OC had when they killed Mischa Barton's character off. Now it's in its final episodes. I mean come on people it's called GREY's Anatomy what fun would it be if she died? Who will narrate with all those great quotes? The show would clearly not have the same momentum and feeling. The show will be empty. If Meredith dies I will stop watching.


All I know is that Meredith dying has hit me like a ton of bricks and I cried in disbelief. Reading this blog makes me hopeful that they will resuscitate her. Maybe they will make altered state stories while she is ...out of body??? Meredith come back!


okay cliff hangers are all all fun and games but if sr kills of the one that all of the peeps revolve around then your fan base jumps ship in a mass revolt....what is up with burke treating cristina so poorly in ep 1 and izzie ub eo II....her monologue stepped waaaaaay over the boundries with george....her pain is so transparent to us only-not his current state of mind he will never see how much she truly misses and love, please do not do it....


i would also like to add that my best friend is a gay male and has a totally different opinion on this than i do. i just think personal beliefs shouldn't affect your job, just the same as ethnicity, gender, and all the rest... isiaih washington does a terrific and admirable job portraying preston burke and that should not be taken away from him because of his personal beliefs...


clearly i have no idea what is going to happen, but i feel i need to comment because of all the viewers saying they will quit watching if meredith dies. i definitely agree, but i feel the same way in regards to dr. preston burke. i don't care what isaih washington said to t.r. knight, he has one of the most intruiging characters and the show would not be the same without him. if they kill him off or boot him because of his personal opinions i will never watch again. to be real about it, everyone has opinions that are taboo to society or "political correctness", maybe they aren't brave enough to voice them, but they still have them, so who cares? people should get over it... he's a great actor with a great character and it would be a real shame to see him cut from the show because someone too sensitive got their feelings hurt. i'd rather see george pulled from the show than preston. like i said, everyone has opinions that some other whiner would find a reason to cry about. get over it.


No WAY!!!! Please say it ain't so! She cannot be dead!!!


Ok, so two people are going to die, but only one is going to "stick". I don't think Meredith is going to die permanently....she is hypothermic and in that state patients have been revived after relatively long periods of cardiac arrest. So she will be sort of dead, but not really, truely most sincerly dead. She may be in that "gray" area (pardon the pun) between life and death. She has already seen Denny and the bomb squad guy. Maybe the 2nd death, the one that "sticks" will be the next person she sees. Perhaps her mother? Perhaps her mother will be dead but coherent in the afterlife, and she will persuade M to "go back" and have a successful life.

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

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.


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)