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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The only one of the group that can have actual attending status is Mer, and that's because she elected to go into general surgery. Because everyone else chose a specialty outside of general surgery, they'll still need additional training as fellows.


Cristina is not going to replace Teddy. She can't. As skilled as she is, she still requires the prerequisite training of three years in her cardio fellowship to actually be a cardiothoracic surgeon, and then pass her cardio boards to be a cardio attending. There's no way she'll be the chief of cardio as a first-year fellow. Same thing with Alex. He needs another two years in his peds surg fellowship to actually be a peds surgeon, pass his peds boards to be a peds attending. He's not going to replace Arizona as a first-year fellow.


I agree with Anna - I'm devastated, Lexie has been one of my favourite characters, but actually that made it so much more emotional and gripping, and I'm glad that Lexie got such a memorable exit. One of the best things about Grey's is that they aren't afraid to kill of major characters, unlike other shows, so you never really know what's coming (I just wish they were a bit better at keeping casting news quiet). I'll miss her character loads though!! Great episode - silly, yes, too short, yes, deliberately open-ended, yes, but seriously dramatic and with a great script; it was heartbreaking hearing Callie talking about how good her life is, and Cristina was still entertaining even in a crisis. Grey's does finales better than anyone...although Vampire Diaries may be getting close!


Meh. It was OKAY. I left feeling like it could have been WAY better. The discontinuity of the forest scenes and the hospital scenes ruined a lot of the drama for me. Plus I feel like they ended it really badly. It should have been a two hour episode that at least had SOME sort of conclusion. It felt like the writers were just trying TOO hard to create a "cliff hanger" at the end, at I think it backfired. But non-the-less ill be watching Grey's up to the end.


My favourite scene is a tie between Bailey and Ben at the end and Lexie's death... i wish they had gotten rid of a supporting character instead.
The one coming slighty behind is when Cristina screams "I found it!" and Arizona says " The first-aid kitt?" to hear back "No I found my shoe!!"


I hated, hated, HATED this season finale. I hate Shonda Rhimes, I really do.
Did she have to kill Lexie? If Chyler wanted out, why wouldn't just send her away to another hospital? It would have made me less pissed off.
I'll just watch season 9 premiere and I'm done with grey's.


WTH Shonda!! Kill off Lexie but keep the whining Kepner??!! Un-freaking real!!


I wish you people would at least learn how to spell! All of these posts are just painful to read and this is coming from a 7th grade teacher!


My gut told me it was Lexie and i guess i was right :(



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