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Grey's Anatomy Review: Unanswered Fates

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Seriously? Seriously.

I need a few minutes to catch my breath after what can be remembered as one of the most emotional and gory finales in Grey’s Anatomy history.  

We were warned. We knew this episode was going to be rough. Someone was going to die. The only problem? Knowing it’s going to happen doesn’t make it any easier. So let’s get to it for the last time this season. Put down those tissues, time to discuss “Flight."

Meredith Post-Crash

At Seattle Grace Mercy West Death. Back at the hospital, Webber prepared to take the residents to his annual dinner to celebrate. Ben and Bailey decided to get married and Callie was waiting for her wife to come home. Alex made the decision to go to Hopkins because he needs to know he is good without Arizona holding his hand. 

Teddy was offered an incredible opportunity as the chief of Medcom. She didn’t want to take it because she can’t leave Owen in the state he is in. Talk about loyalty. Just a few episodes ago, these two weren’t even talking. This just shows how strong of a friendship Owen and Teddy share. Of course, Owen recognized what Teddy was doing and fired her so she would have to take the job.

How sad of a scene was it to watch Webber, April, Jackson and Alex wait for Meredith and Cristina. Little do they know...

Cristina in Agony

And Then There Were Five. Leading into this episode, I had constantly checked the comments on for the Grey’s Anatomy previews to see who the fans thought were going to die. Top of the list on the death poll? Arizona and April. In reality? Lexie Grey.

RIP Little Grey. In an extremely sad farewell (and in the first 20 minutes!) Lexie Grey died. What an emotional scene! Mark held her hand and confessed his love for her and that they were meant to be. The acting in this scene was incredible. Kudos to Eric Dane for his stellar performance. 

So what is the fallout of losing Little Grey? Meredith has now lost another family member, Mark has lost the love of his life and Derek has lost his little sis. I’m not sure how you come back from this. 

I have to be honest, I was pretty surprised it was Lexie. I knew there was a chance, but I really didn’t expect it. Will this lead to Meredith back to a dark and twisty place? The one positive to losing Lexie was that it led to a sweet exchange between her and the man she loved.

“I’ve always been in love with you. I’ll always be in love with you."

Heartbreaking.

Damaged Goods. Lexie wasn’t the only one with injuries. Mark needed a make shift surgery, Cristina’s shoulder was out of place, Meredith had a piece of plane in her leg and Derek’s hand is most definitely broken. The most gory? Arizona’s bone peaking out of her leg.

So Where Does This Leave Us? Shonda had made it clear that at the time of filming, no contracts had been signed. This means the fate of all of our favorite docs are up in the air. So what can we expect next season?

Derek’s hand. Will he be able to operate? Will Mark make it until they are found? Cristina is sure she wants to leave Seattle. Jackson chose Tulane. April and Teddy do not have jobs at Seattle anymore. Alex is headed to Hopkins. 

Finale Standards? If there is one thing that Grey’s Anatomy does right, it is finales. They are always intense and always emotional. Season eight was a bit of a challenge. Because of not knowing if the actors would be returning, we were left with an open ending. It worked and it didn’t. It felt a bit like the writers were jumping back and forth to hit each story to make sure us viewers know their fates are questionable.  

It’s a big cast and it’s hard to coordinate. It would have worked better if SGH was just shown in the beginning and the end; Richard and the other residents waiting at dinner and Owen firing Teddy. Other than that, another great ending to a solid season.

Some After Thoughts

  • I loved the flashback to the pilot episode in the beginning and the voice over at the end mimicking Webber’s words. Ah, nostalgia. 
  • How gory was this episode? I had to look away when Arizona showed her bone popping out.
  • In an emotionally charged episode, the writers still found time to throw in a couple jokes. Thank you for that!
  • How good is Yang in a crisis? PS. How funny was she with her shoe?
  • How long until Owen saves them? 

So what did you think, TV Fanatics? Was the finale everything you hoped for or did it fall short in comparison to the other season endings? Will everyone else survive the plane crash? Who will return to our beloved TV screen next season? Were you surprised that it was Lexie?

It’s time to say goodbye until next season. Check out the Grey’s Anatomy quotes for the best lines from the hour and make sure to check back for the Grey’s Anatomy Round Table. Hit the comments and let us know what you thought of “Flight” and the death of Lexie Grey. Chyler Leigh, you will most definitely be missed. 

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Hmmm... What to say, what to say... I have seen every single episode of Grey's Anatomy, and haven't missed a single second of a single episode. I own all available sets on DVD, as well as the board game (which I can easily answer the majority of the questions in). The plot with April was just heartbreaking and so sad, and I was equally shocked at the firing of Altman. I wonder who will take her place, and who Cristina will choose as her next teacher. Speaking of Cristina, I have a feeling that the plane crash will cause a turnabout in her and the other remaining residents and will change their mind about leaving Seattle. I can't imagine Grey's without Cristina. I'm still devastated by the loss of Izzie, truth be told. Grey's has really changed my life, and the way I view it. Never before have I seen such good characters, story, and acting. Grey's is truly a magnificent show that can teach a lot of things. I am with Grey's for the long haul. There may be some that disagree with me, but I hope to see the series continue for many, many more seasons. Grey's has come an INCREDIBLY long way since the first episode, and I don't see its success dwindling in the future. The series may need some big changes to keep it new and exciting, and I think that perhaps Shonda thought it was best to let Lexie's increasingly stagnant character leave the series. Whatever the reason, I trust Shonda's judgment. Maybe I'm just too emotionally attached to the series, but I'd find it hard to imagine a life without Grey's.

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Hmmm... What to say, what to say... I have seen every single episode of Grey's Anatomy, and haven't missed a single second of a single episode. I own all available sets on DVD, as well as the board game (which I can easily answer the majority of the questions in). The plot with April was just heartbreaking and so sad, and I was equally shocked at the firing of Altman. I wonder who will take her place, and who Cristina will choose as her next teacher. Speaking of Cristina, I have a feeling that the plane crash will cause a turnabout in her and the other remaining residents and will change their mind about leaving Seattle. I can't imagine Grey's without Cristina. I'm still devastated by the loss of Izzie, truth be told. Grey's has really changed my life, and the way I view it. Never before have I seen such good characters, story, and acting. Grey's is truly a magnificent show that can teach a lot of things. I am with Grey's for the long haul. There may be some that disagree with me, but I hope to see the series continue for many, many more seasons. Grey's has come an INCREDIBLY long way since the first episode, and I don't see its success dwindling in the future. The series may need some big changes to keep it new and exciting, and I think that perhaps Shonda thought it was best to let Lexie's increasingly stagnant character leave the series. Whatever the reason, I trust Shonda's judgment. Maybe I'm just too emotionally attached to the series, but I'd find it hard to imagine a life without Grey's.

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I really feel like this should have been the last season. This show has had an amazing run and this season has felt like a well-written farewell. But the plane crash was a cheap way to force the show to keep going. As much as I would hate for the show to end, I would rather it end than watch the writers beat a dead horse. This show should've been given a proper ending and they had the perfect opportunity to do it. Now I'm afraid we can probably anticipate a mid-season cancelation. Part of me just wants to unwatch the season finale, imagine that everybody leaves and is happy and just cut my losses there. But I know I'll end up watching next season just to see how they wrap it up.

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I think the finale is not fantastic and I agree that the flashes to the hospital in between the scenes at the forest are pretty annoying. Though not fabulous but this is freaking season 8 and the fact that they can still end the season on such a high note is just incredible. Great writing cast.

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Blah blah blah, I'm so upset blah blah I hate you Shonda blah blah I'm never gonna watch greys again blah blah. Who the $%&* cares!! Quit complaining.

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I am so Incredibly sad that you killed off Lexi of all people!!I so agree with everyone else...It should have been Owen,April or Arizona,but NOT Lexi!!!!Her and McSteamy belonged with each other and you owed It to yours and her fans to let us have that...Let us see them get back together and blossom as a happy couple.I've gotten really bored with all the other couples on the show...It's always the same old boring thing...I want spicy passion dammit!!Not that I don't love Meridith and Derick,but there getting boring like an old married couple.I was still not over the whole George thing and then you go and do this?I understand Izzy she's a horrible actress anyways but George...now Lexi??Ugh I'm so disgusted I'm pretty much done with you Shonda and Grey's...I will not be back next season :0(

Dinero

egrey if next season goes like the last season, with all the weeks off and lazy writing it will be January before the last three survivors get rescued. about 3 episodes. September November and then the January one

Dinero

Yeah it was lazy writing, almost as bad as the alternative reality crap episode "What IF" in Mer's Dream. I was all excited andthen at the end of it, I was like "Umm that was it? that's all there is to it? WTH?" I really hope next season is better than this one.

Egrey

still cant believe that lexie dies.. especially since i seriously thought she was gonnna live since she said if mer didnt' renew she'd be the leading grey. Cried like a BABY when she died..What kind of cruelty is this? making us wait until September. anyone know when they will release the premiere dates?

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its mark fault for not fighting for her instead he let her stay with avery idiot and it still sad for mark cause he almost die with her and that wont stop me for not continue to wacht that show anyway im going to wacht season 9 no matter what

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