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."


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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It was announced last week that the originals have signed up for two more years: Ellen, Sandra, Justin, James, Chandra, and Patrick. I want to say Jessica's was renewed as well along with Eric, Kevin, and Sara. The only ones up in the air is Jesse and Sarah. Shonda has always been explicit about keeping Jesse. But given that the only people that could leave were all in the plane, I want to say everyone at the hospital, sans Kim, will be back for at least season 9.


So the most likeable character in GA is gone - just makes it even more likely I won't watch it next season. It used to be a great show, but this finale was pure trash. The ending of anything, whether a story or a season on TV, is supposed to be based on the things that happened during the preceding storyline, not this sort of cheating.


OK, so Although I absolutely LOVE Grey's Anatomy more than any other show ever made, I HATED this epp. I thought the death of George was going to be the last time I cried hysterically for a show, but they had to break my heart again! Really Lexi? I absolutely love her and I've been awaiting in anticipation for the day that her and Mc.Steamy got back together, and for her to dye holding his hand as he confesses his love to her was just too intense! I agree with those who said they'd rather Kepner die then Lexi. It just completely broke my heart and cried all night! And the ending really left me hanging and not in a good way. Some of the actors contracts are up in the air and we're still not sure who's coming back next season so to just leave us not knowing who's going to make it threw until God knows when just left me unsatisfied. (on top of all the crying) Hope next season comes REALLY fast because I'm dying over here...
P.S. Bring Lexi back! >:(


I was hoping it was Arizona leaving, not Lexie. Poor Mark! But Mark, lose the hair-dye. The natural gray was so much sexier!


Hahaha - this is great comedy - reading these posts. I love Javi's - " I hate Shonda Rhimes, I really do" and "I'll just watch season 9 premiere and I'm done with grey's". Really? If you hate it so much - stop watching - PERIOD. Armchair writers and directors - if you can do better, have at it! Head on into that field and let's see how much better y'all can do! Smh...


Wish it was Kepner instead of Lexie - Love this Show - Please keep Marc alive - He's needed to fix Derick's arm and hand - Hurry Up Sept.......


I thought choosing for Lexie to die instead of leave was a terrible choice. She's the most immature character, with so much growth potential, it just doesn't make sense. She's still the silly girl who loves novels and gets bullied by the senior residents and can't figure out what love is. Her story was left open-ended. It would be much more satisfying (or less difficult) to see someone like Meredith, who had transformed and become the person she was meant to become, to die. Lexie's death was too tragic. There's tragic poetic and tragic tragic, and death of a character who had played through their storylines and demonstrated growth and self-actualization is that much more meaningful.


Suprisingly, I wasnt surprised. Looking back at Lexie's story line for the last half of this season it reminded me of George. I have been disappointed by the writing for her character (being a glorified babysitter). At the same time I am very sad because Chyler Leigh is such a great actress :/


The Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery is like the Professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts. It's constantly a revolving door on who will retain that post. Burke had it longest, then Altman, than Hahn, and Dickinson never actually accepted the position. It would be interesting if they brought back Burke in season 9 to instruct Cristina. Then it would be kind of awkward between Hunt, who will be Burke's boss, Burke, and Cristina. Though I know it'll be highly unlikely next to impossible. S9 will introduce a new Chief of Cardio. I wonder who he'll/she'll be. Hopefully it'll be an Asian dude or an Indian lady. GA needs more diversity in an increasingly white crowd. During the first 2 seasons, half the cast wasn't white, and now, in a principal cast of 14, it seems the only people of color are Torres, Webber, Yang, Avery, Bailey. I don't count Ben since he's not a principal cast member.


Probably one of the worst episodes of GA and definitely the worst season finale IMO. It wasn't touching.... come on, we were all expecting about the death and SR solved it in the first 20 min??? And if you saw the promo then you expected it was lexie and arizona so finally lexie's death was very predictable. And what about the rest of the characters? No intrigue. The original cast has renewed so all of them will be back. Without teddy and lexie, Owen has enough money to renew April and probably Avery'll decide to stay with her to try the relationship. Again, no intrigue. I feel really really disappointed!! The best, one more time, Sandra Oh!

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