Grey's Anatomy Burning Question: How Will Teddy Respond?

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After a heart-wrenching episode Thursday night, Grey's Anatomy left viewers with plenty of unanswered questions heading into 2012. Chief among them: What’s going to happen to poor Teddy?

Kim Raver recently spoke to EW about that very subject ...

“It’s like the time-bomb waiting to explode,” she says.

Doctor Teddy Altman

“I know that she doesn’t just dissolve into a puddle on the floor. It’s not that kind of grieving. I know she will go into ‘Let me try to fix it’ mode. But we don’t know how long that will hold,” says the star.

Not that it's necessarily going to be easy. Moreover, she said, when the show returns from hiatus, the dynamic between Cristina, Owen and Teddy will be unlike any we’ve seen between them before.

“To have the three of them interacting is going to be interesting to watch and to see the outcome from this devastating event weigh on all three of them. The impact of it [will be great].”

And, of course, she says, one of the things that will weigh most heavily on the former Army doc is the suddenness of her husband’s tragic death and the fact that she wasn’t there.

“In her mind, when she talks to him [before surgery], she’s sure she’s going to see him in post-op. It’s not like it was a tricky surgery,” she says. “It’s like when we get in our car - you expect for there to be dangers on the road but you never expect to be flipped upside down. You don’t expect to lose someone so close to you."

"That’s just the horrifying reality she’s going to have to deal with.”

Where do you think the show will take Teddy's character after all this? How will her relationships with Owen and Cristina be affected? Share your comments and predictions in the comments below ...

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Really I think it very sad that we dedicated viewers are strung along given a episode like the last and then told we have to hang on and wait till january!!! Not because we do not have a life but becuase the network throws us to the curb for FOOTBALL..... What !! So unfair thats like reading a book and the ending isnt written yet.... Yes our show is not on nit becuase of the holidays but cause some dumb game!! With todays technology why cant we have both??


Its a great show, but sometimes with all these re-runs you begin to wonder if its worth watching. I've never seen a show that has so many "up in the airs" before the season ends...Do these actors really need to take weeks off at a time?


I was so sad at the last episode, because I loved Henry, He was so kind a generous, and I know that some of you may want christina and Owen to seperate, so Teddy can get with him, but I think that Christina and Owen make a wonderful couple, Christina is a little mean, but I think she is a very strong woman, and Owen is a strong man, and they r good together.. they r also so passionate together, I love teddy to she is a sweetheart, but I hope christina and owen stay together, but I am afraid that christina is going to be mad at owen, teddy, dr.webber, and lexie also, and it may end up splitting them up, but I also think that teddy is going to be furious with owen, because she looked at him as her best friend, and after he waited so long to tell her, she is not going to forgive him easily at all.. if she ever does.. but owen had to wait, cause that lady would have maybe died if he told her.. and that was a very bad wituation owen was in.. I felt so sorry for him..cant wait until january and find out..


im so lost when is the next episode was that seriously the end of the season


I just think waiting till' January to find out really really sucks! -_-


i love grey's anatomy too but some of you need to get a life. Just sayin'


omg i cant believe henry died. im STILL in shock and sooo depressed b/c of it :( teddy is BY FAR my all time fav character. she deserves to be happy and in love. i think the next step is owen. they''ve always had this special bond. christina was never the one for him. she is mean and arrogant. teddyvis the opposite. she is confident in her work, and very loving. this is who owen needs. shonda, please do this! also- because of this show and teddy's character, i want to go to medical school and be a doctor when i grow up.


I think this was so unfair. Christina did not deserve this. She has been under so much pressure and is just getting back on her feet. Last time she almost quit surgery. It's was too much and borderline unethical for her to perform the surgery without knowing who it was. Poor Teddy, I loved their sweet relationship. Sometimes this show stresses me out too much.


this is a serious impact on Teddy, Owen and Christina. Christina got cocky , she never had a bad outcome and it was getting to her head. she started a timer and she was very nonchalant of her patient on her table. I think she does well under pressure and should have known who she was operating on then she would have concentrated more. Her behavior in the operating room is going to make Owen look at her differently.Teddy will never forgive Christina even thou she picked Christina because she was a machine ,she did spent her time trying to change Christina's style and it back fired. the next episode will be heat wrenching and will leave us thinking about it for a long time . I am in the medical field and i am grateful to see the show put so much passion into our life's work. The network does this alot . they take a break with no warning and comes back full force and unstoppable. But they need time to rest,write,rehearse, and get feedback .The next episode i have no doubt will BLOW OUR MINDS!!..lets be patient fellow fans and enjoy the repeats for now ..Thank You Greys Anatomy for all the gut wrenching ,heart breaking ,edge of my seat moments ,because anything is possible in medicine


Teddy will of course be sad at the loss of Henry and I think she may be angry with Owen, but those are both obvious reactions and there is always a twist. I think the small twist will be that Yang will be angry with Teddy and maybe even Owen, Lexie and Richard for letting her operate with no knowledge of who she was operating on. I think she may even say she wants no more lessons/mentoring from Teddy. Especially because Teddy has spent the entire first half of this season trying to teach her NOT to be a machine, and then she uses her as a machine to fix her husband! But we will see... Oh and not to be rude, but all the networks take a break from their prime time shows at the holidays - this happens every year on every network. I am anxious for the next episode in January as well (especially on Private Practice) but it is still just a TV show people... Go live your lives and enjoy the holidays! :o)

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Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Episode 9 Quotes

Cristina: You can cry.
Meredith: I don't want to cry. I'm never going to see him again.

I had a terrible day. We say it all the time; a fight with a boss, a stomach flu, traffic. That's what we describe as terrible when nothing terrible is happening.