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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. 

Review

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I can't believe Lexy is gone!!!! But don't be mad at Shonda. It was not only her decision to let this Character go! I can't wait to See the next Season! I think this adventure and the death of her sister will follow Meredith for a long time. And I'm so sad for Mark! He finally realized she was his true love and now he lost her!!! I hope we don't have to wait too long!

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I can't believe Lexie is dead! I would prefer Arizona over Lexie. Bring Lexie back!!!

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Ok sorry GA you've lost me as a viewer. You don't have to end a series with a disaster situation all the time! its cliché and LAZY!!! Plus it's unrealistic like yang said you can't have so many 1 in a 100 disaster situations happening at once. Ugh and killing off Lexi! Really!!! Her relationship with Mark was one of the few reasons I loved the show and now it doesn't even get to happen! Its just pathetic! Also Arizona's phone is still able to ring after the plain crash .. likely ? All I'm saying is its a shame as it started so well in the early seasons its not just gone down hill.

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Im so commenting again.... This is a major let down... Seriously!!! Why Lexapedia????..... SHAONDA I KNW U GOT ISH GOING ON BUT THIS IS MAKING A LOT OF LOYAL WATCHERS WHO BROUGHT ALL THE SEASONS VERY ANGRY.. WE DONT UNDERSTAND!!!!! PLZ LET ANYBODY BE DREAMING CUZ LEX CANT DIE!!!! Man I actually cried that hard over a damn made up tv character...lol... But still ill admitt that if you bring Lex back.. PLEASSSSSSEEE!!!!!

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I think its time to find another (favorite) show.. Greys tend to let me down the most. Now its lexie. Why cant someone unimportant or unlikable die?????? Not Lex!! I jus dont understand why they would kill her off.. Now omally..ok but LEX????? Really???? Why couldnt she just be in a coma or something...uggg sooo pissd! Back to monday nights with BBW and tuesday with the Game, cuz this is maddening!!! Only way Greys will bring us back around to watching is if they bring back Dr.Preston"HeartGod"Burke!! Enough said!

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here's my thoughts on the show. what's with all the wind chime noise in the background? is it a dream? Is meridith really awake? is christina the 1 dreaming? after all she does have ptsd and she claimd to meredith that she is not reliable. I just couldn't get the sound of the wind chimes out of my mind and what they have to relate to. we also know owen has ptsd. I wonder if they should call the next episode fight as in flight or fight. I have a feeling oh and will commit suicide because of christina's learning him.and a chopper in the background

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I am so sad that Lexie died. She is one of my favorites. Sorry to say, I would have thought Arizona would die. Her character is blah. Hoping this is a bad dream and Merediyh will wake up. Please bring Lexie back!

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shes dead its over lets see who will survive next on season 9

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NOOOOOO! LEXIE!! OMG AND SHE WAS SO SWEET & ALL IN THE EP BEFORE.. WHEN SHE CONFESSED HER LOVE TO MARK.. OMG.. JUST THINKING OF THAT BREAKS MY HEART. THEY WERE MEANT TO BE TOGETHER AND GET MARRIED AND HAVE KIDS AND ALL OF THAT NOOO!! CAN'T BELIEVE SHE DIED, I THOUGHT THE RESCUE PEOPLE WOULD COME AND SAVE HER OR RESUSCITATE HER OR SOMETHING. NOOOO!! I LOVE YOU LEXIE!!!

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I HATE THAT SHE IS DEATH.
WHY DIDN'T SEND HER TO ANOTHER PLACE AND WE CAN HAVE THE HOPE THAT SHE WILL BE WITH MARK SOMEDAY.
THEY WERE PERFECT HAS A COUPLE.
I'M REALLY DISAPPOINTED.
I THINK SHE COULD HAVE HAD A VERY GOOD FINAL WITHOUT KILLING HER