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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Owen is going to put his military experience to test and go search for them and rescue Christina. This will remind her of the first time they met and how much she fell in love with him. She won't leave, plus with Teddy gone she is the next cardio god. Derek won't be able to operate for a while, so they will also stay. Karev is going to feel guilty about Arizona being in the plane and will stay. Or maybe Arizona will die in the beginning of the season. Can't wait for September!!!


I'm really pissed that Lexie was killed. Off all the finale this has being the worst because you are just leaving everyone in a complete limbo. At least the rest of the doctors at SGH should had known what had happen to them. I consider a real fan to the program as I have purchase every season but at this time I'm not sure if I really want to come back and see what happen. It was really cruel. Very but very disappointed.


I was not surprised to see that Lexie is the character who dies. It was exatly what the episode's promo made me fear. I am not pleased with her death but I won't stop watching the show because of that. Anyway her death made me cry a lot, I think it's been a very long time I haven't cried like that because of a character's death. She is amongst the characters I appreciate the most, and her relationship with Mark is great. They were awesome together and it makes me sad to think it won't be.
As for the episode, I think it is clearly not the best final, it could have been much better. As many people say, it is absurd no one noticed they are missing. Plus, the way Teddy leaves the hospital is too sudden. However, I have to admit I like this episode. Of course it killed my hope to see Lexie and Mark together but the moment they have before her death is really beautiful and heartbreaking.
I can't wait to see what's next and I just hope they won't kill Mark or another character in the beginning of the 9th season, it would be way too much.


just like the season finale wen george died...that "OH NO!" feeling but it gets better and more intense... i absolutely love this show n i hope the seasons keep coming, actors n actresses of greys anatomy please dont quit on ur fans!!!


I too was upset, almost devastated, when Lexie (Chyler Leigh) was killed. However, it was HER decision to leave the show, NOT Shonda Rhimes (give this poor woman a break already!!!). Remember, Chyler/Lexie had asked for an extended summer last year (which is why she was not in the first few episodes of the season). Fit these pieces together people. Shonda states that she had to revamp the ending several times due to changes in the actors personal lives/requests. She is being very kind and professional by not revealing details. Also, there are still a few actors who are still on the "unsure if I want to return" list....which is why the finale was left up in the air so much. Which doctors will definitely return? Mer, Christina, Derek, Alex, Bailey, and Richard....(Research people, Research)


Probably one of the worst episodes of the entire series! Very dissapointed!


I don't think it's THAT horrible Lexie died. She was able to tell Mark how she felt, and Mark reciprocated his feelings. She closes her eyes knowing that the man she loves loves her in return. Of course, it's gonna be awful for Mark - but he does need some more drama. I think that it was incredibly poignant that it ended with the Twisted Sisters chewing half a stick of gum and leaning their heads against each other, in the middle of a forsaken forest and a tragedy. Somehow, inexplicably, everything is going to be alright.


I think the biggest problem with this ep is that they just killed Lexie too soon. Really, I wish they hadn't done it at all, but if they were going to do it, they should have done it closer to the end. As it was, my roommates and I totally quit paying attention and just started talking about our favorite Lexie moments. Remember when Meredith made her an omelet and she ate it even though she was allergic to eggs just so Meredith wouldn't feel bad? How about when she won the intern race and got to hold the "doomsday sucker"? Or when Meredith made Derek tell Mark to keep his "little Sloan" out of Little Grey? I don't think the pointless carnage of this season finale holds a candle to those classic Greys moments.


I've been a fan of Greys forever; all the way back to Season One. There have been season finales that have electrified me and some I just thought were so-so. This was probably my least favorite so far. It felt so forced. They killed off Lexie, who I love. They messed up Derek's hand. I understand that they were in a difficult casting position which is why I'm going to just try to move on, but I don't think there's a Greys finale that has ever left me less excited to see what happens next. People said they jumped the shark with the shooting and I disagreed. That was an amazing episode that had me jumping out of my chair. This I just watched and cringed.

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