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Shonda Rhimes Discusses Season 3 Finale

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Season 3 of Grey's Anatomy began with Meredith helping an emotionally wrecked Izzie out of her prom dress and ended last night with Meredith helping a bawling Cristina out of her wedding gown.

Shonda Rhimes, as she puts it, likes symmetry.

Below are excerpts from her blog, in which she discusses the events of last night's finale, "Didn't We Almost Have it All," and what's in store for us in the fall when Grey's Anatomy returns for Season 4, now that she's "burned everything to the ground" in the third campaign ...

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Shonda Rhimes Discusses Season 3 Finale

This season was very important to me. It wasn't as light as Season 2 and for good reason. Our characters were in a darker place. I needed to put Meredith's mother to rest, Izzie's grief to rest, and the race for Chief to rest. George needed to grow up on a monumental level and then come full circle to where he was when we first met him in the pilot.

Meredith had to finally try to face the fact that she's damaged when it comes to relationships. I wanted to put Bailey on a path of questioning her standing as The Chosen One. Both Burke and Derek needed to hit a relationship wall, each in their own ways. Then there's Cristina.

Oh, the Cristina of it all.

What Season 3 is about most of all - for all of our women - is the idea of "having it all" is a myth. And that was true for Cristina more than anyone. Slowly, over the course of the season, we've watched as hard-nosed Yang sliced off little pieces of herself to accommodate Burke.

From helping Burke hide his tremor to Colin Marlowe telling her she's not the woman he knew to prepping for the wedding, she slowly morphs from kickass surgeon-girl into a woman we don't quite recognize in that wedding dress with penciled eyebrows.

I wanted you to have the feeling in the finale that she's become this painted doll - beautiful, everyone's fantasy bride, but a painted doll all the same. No longer our Cristina Yang. There's that wonderful moment where she begs Bailey to let her cut because a part of her knows she's becoming someone she doesn't recognize.

And then, just as she's lost almost all of herself standing there in that gown ready to walk down the aisle, Burke is telling her that he can't marry her. Because even Burke realizes that this Cristina is not his Cristina. It's devastating.

I hope you noticed that in the beginning of the episode Cristina talks about a heart as a purely anatomical thing ("it pumps blood") and then Burke's vows are all about the heart as an emotional thing ("I promise to lay my heart in the palm of your hands") and it's so sad to realize that they have completely opposing views of the world.

I feel for Burke and you should too because he knows that, in a way, by leading, pushing, cajoling her down this path to being together, he's done this to her - he's changed her. That the only way to save her from disappearing completely is to set her free.

And then in that wonderfully painful moment (how much do we love Sandra Oh and her incredible talent?) in the apartment, Cristina turns to Meredith and says "He's gone. I'm free. Damn it."

And it's so nuanced and layered and so tragic because she's relieved and terrified and heartbroken and suffocated all at once. Watching her journey back from this is going to be amazing next season.

George and Izzie and Callie: you all have your opinions, very strong opinions, on how you feel about this love triangle. I'm glad â€" strong opinions mean you care what happens.

In the finale, Izzie's declaring herself and Callie's fighting for her rightful territory. That moment when Callie casually lets Izzie know that she's not only been named Izzie's boss but that she and George are trying to have a baby is very interesting.

Callie's saying "don't mess with me" in the only way she knows how. About the baby thing - for the record, I am very strongly against anyone trying to have a baby to save a relationship. It's crazy because it never works and I highly recommend you don't do it.

Plus it goes against every feminist bone in my body. But it is also human to delude yourself into believing that you're not having a baby to save your relationship, that instead having a baby is a way of taking your relationship to the next level.

And Callie gives that great speech about her hormones and her body.

I've been there and I know that it is real, this sudden baby rush that happens and, if you are firmly into your career, it freaks you out. Callie's just being as honest as she knows how to be with George.

Because she can't bring up Izzie again - not when the last time she brought it up, George called Izzie a supermodel thereby suggesting that Callie was, well…not.

Continue reading the rest of Shonda's blog here ...

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I'm not too sure what to think. I do know that was the worst season finale that I have ever watched. Mer and Der need to be together. They really make the show. Izzy and George need to come together as well. Let.s take the summer and get it together. Do a turn around and make season 4 really great.

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So beyond disappointed. Angry doesn't even begin to cover it. What did Shonda do?! Season 4 is NOT looking good. But if Burke & Cristina get it together, maybe I'll watch.

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I agree with Stacy (above) and Hafsa---what the f is Shonda doing to our show????? I think the theme of this season 3 should have been "Out of Character" because every frickin' character on the show behaved in ways that seemed, uh....well ...schizophrenic. Derek professes his dying love and his pressing desire for Chief....whines about having to choose between them all season....then passes up both opportunities???? Huh? Burke, who is in the MOST mature and evolved relationship on TV, who tells us over and over again that he is STEADY, reliable, etc, etc, suddenly becomes UNSTEADY and even cruel to the person he professes to love? Don't even get me started on Meredith---the writers have been kicking her around all season. And poor George. George was always the one you could count on to be the conscience of the whole show. Even Yang told George's father that Goerge was the best doctor. Why? Because he was smart and he had a kind heart. Neither of which was in evidence throughout this season---first he replaces Alex AND McSteamy as the resident slut on staff, then apparently misplaces his brain (must have exchanged it with the penis) and fails his FINAL???!!!! No no no no no. Apparently Meredith is a metaphor for Shonda, who cannot cope with the success of her show and feels a need to sabotage it. I will definitely NOT be buying season 3 on disc, have already erased all this season's episodes from tivo and am decidedly NOT looking forward to season 4.
Shonda---You had me---and then you lost me. Good luck trying to get your mojo back. This season sucked.

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BURKE & CRISTINA NEED TO BE TOGETHER!!!!!

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THIS WAS THE WORST SEASON FINALE I COULD HAVE IMAGINED. IT WAS THE WORST SEASON FINALE I HAVE EVER SEEN. I AM SO DISAPPOINTED IN THIS SHOW. EVERYTIME A CHARACTER MAKES ANY TYPE OF PROGRESS THEY JUST FALL APART. WHAT IS THE POINT OF WATCHING A SHOW THAT CONSTANTLY TAKES THREE STEPS FORWARD AND TEN STEPS BACK PLUS HAS LOST EVERY BIT OF COMEDY THAT GAVE THIS SHOW ITS CHARACTER IN THE FIRST PLACE? NOTHING EVER RESOLVES AND NO ONE IS EVER HAPPY. THIS SHOW HAS DOWNGRADED THIS SEASON FROM AN FANTASTIC DRAMA WITH REALLY INTERESTING MEDICINE TO A LATE NIGHT SOAP OPERA. LEXI GREY IS A TERRIBLE EDITION TO THE SHOW... AS IF IT HASN'T BECOME INCESTUOUS ENOUGH. I FEEL LIKE THE WRITERS WERE AT A LOSS FOR DRAMA SO THEY HAD TO BREAK EVERYONE UP SO THEY CAN START OVER AGAIN. THAT ISN'T THE POINT OF WATCHING THIS SHOW FOR ME. ENOUGH! STOP BEING CHILDISH. AND I THINK THAT IT IS CRAP THAT THE POINT OF THIS SEASON WAS TO PROVE THAT WOMEN CAN'T HAVE IT ALL! WHAT KIND OF FEMINSIST STATEMENT IS THAT? YOU HAVE TO CHOSE CAREER OR LOVE? I HAPPEN TO BE SUCCESSFUL (INCREDIBLY BUSY) WITH THE BEST MAN IN THE WORLD. MY FAMILY IS WONDERFUL AND MY DOG IS THE BEST. I HAVE GOOD FRIENDS, GOOD NEIGHBORS... OH, WAIT... SORRY... THAT DOESN'T MAKE GOOD TV. THE ONLY WAY TO HAVE INTERESTING TELEVISION IS TO HAVE AN ENTIRE CAST FULL OF MISERABLE, BICKERING, BACK-STABBING CHARACTERS. YEAH, I AM DONE WITH THIS SHOW. I WILL CONTINUE TO WATCH THE SEASON 1 AND 2 DVDS THAT I CURRENTLY OWN AND REMINISCE ABOUT THE TIME WHEN THE SHOW WAS WELL-WRITTEN, INTRIGUING, THOUGHT-PROVOKING WITH MEDICINE IN THE FOREFRONT AND CHARACTER ISSUES INTERTWINED. THANKS SHONDRA.

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PLEASE put Christina and Burke back together!!!! The scene with Christina at the end was hearbreaking!! And the song was perfect in that moment. But I am so crushed, because Burketina was my FAVORITE couple. They were the best couple on the show. It was the only relationship that seemed real to me. They had differences, they struggled through them, and they were better people for it. Maybe Christina lost some of herself, but she is a better person. I thought that was the message the chief conveyed to her after the Denny incident, when he was meeting one on one with the interns. He could see she was changing for the better and told her he wouldn't be responsible for making her less human. I just can't imagine watching the show, if they are not at least trying to make things work.

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Oh, might I add that Burke & Cristina better get back together next season!

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Why is everyone making a big deal about Meredith & Derek? Seriously, come on guys!! Meredith is really annoying & whiney, Derek deserves much better. The real couple on this show IS Cristina and Burke. They're the best. MerDer is way old. I will be upset if he goes out with Lexie Grey, though. But seriously, Burke & Cristina are the greatest on Grey's, no doubt!

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I think this is a good sign for Mer/Der. This is a clip from the televionista article .
As for Meredith herself, she appears to be devastated by Christina's wedding disaster. A woman with poor family role models, she looks up to her best friend, but once the wedding is off, she believes "it's all over." Contrary to what some may think though, Derek has not given up on the love of his life.
Yeah, I hope this is true!

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im fr Malaysia, well, my tv version is way too outdated but i manage to get the synopsis fr abc.com...
i hate 2 c de scene whr Lex flirting wit Der, he is Mer's Mcdreamy ok?! plus that smile n friendly look of Lex whn she meets George... Argghh........!!!
stop that will ya! i manage to pull myself together to finish the most heart-breaking epi but oh god... not the friendly, confident & going-to-be third party Lexie GREY!!!
i feel lik drowning myself too... but in my case, i won't have Denny and Dylan to argue and wake me fr my misery of watching Lexie joining the "fun" between MerDer...

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