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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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Yeah, really. I know it's only a tv show, and they're often crazily unrealistic, but this episode took the cake. Just bad, bad, bad. As so many have noted here, who survives a crash like that with minor injuries? How does the plane disappear and not be noticed? And neither the black box/location transponder or the flare gun work? No fire when the plane crashes? And, of course, the fact that they're all too stupid to know how to start a fire and keep one going? Really? This was just crap. The only possible explanation is, as has also been noted here, the whole thing was a dream/hallucination of Meredith's (which also occurred to me). I mean, if they can do it on Dallas, why not Grey's? If this many disasters actually happened to hospital personnel in real life w our hospitals would all be empty. Come on writers, you're supposedly the creative talent, come up with something new not this old crap.

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P.S. I get that is it a season finale but please Shonda can we make it through one season without killing SOMEONE at the end... They were all headed different places anyway - I am getting a little tired of as Christina excellently put it "Seattle Grace Mercy Death". Thank goodness she made that comment. It makes me giggle a little because at least the watchers aren't the only ones who notice :)

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@Marion I agree about the flight plan... But having lived in that area - cell phones are generally useless. Unless you are in town or very lucky it is a pretty big dead zone. The dumbest part of the episode was the fire issue. I mean they are doctors - they KNOW better! RIP Lexie - You did a good job of growing on me! Poor Mark!

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While I thought it could be anyone, my money was on Lexie. It makes sense. First, she didn't have much of a story this season a la George in his last season. In fact, wasn't she absent the first few episodes? Secondly, she's popular but she's not an original so if you need to eliminate characters and shake the status quo then it had to be one of the 'new comers'. For drama, it needed to be someone that's been around for a long time and well liked. Finally, out of all the 'secondary characters', there wasn't a lot of mystery left. The sibling issue was resolved some time ago and tying Mark down would take away from his character. I liked Lexie but I'm looking forward to ebb and flow of next season.

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@tracymae totally agree! insulting is a good word...not well thought out at all...I do wonder about the wind chimes though, it's bothering me LOL...

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@blu...I totally agree about how Meredith reacted...it was almost as if she didn't care about her sister, even after Derek was found...Cristina showed more emotion towards Lexie...and @marion...I too think it wasn't thought out v well...someone HAD to have a mobile phone, SOMEONE would have realised they were missing long before...bit ridiculous imo

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um...@luvsalex, Derek did say 'boats'...he loves ferry boats and was in and out of shock just like all of them, that's why Cristina was freaking out about her shoe, lol...@sandy, the episode you referred to is called "if/then", and Lexie did not die...Meredith and Cristina saved her life at the end by 'cracking her chest'...I too am wondering what is up with the wind chimes...v strange

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Why are the survivors not using their cell phones? The first one anyone in this country would do is use their cell phone to call for help! Was there not a flight plan filed? Were all the air traffic controlers asleep? This was not a well thought out script.

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To say I'm pissed is an understatement. They killed lexie after giving her virtually nothing to do all season. I liked her enough to be pissed iver her dying and them keeping characters like April out of harm's way. Then the continuance of destroying mark as a character? Can he ever be happy in this series without being the proverbial dog being kicked regularly? The over the top Lost like plane crash was a new type if ridiculousness. And Meredith. She barely gave a damn for her sister because she was too busy looking and whining about Derek. Even after they found him...no one tried to stabilize the others before this Derek search and tending to. They pretty much left the pilot for dead, left Arizona alone yo tend to herself and are oblivious to how bad she's gotten. Didn't bother checking mark until ut was too late and made a fire without gathering wood that only kept mer Yang and Derek warm and left the others in the cold to die. Seriously?

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For everyone that's saying they are not watching this show anymore, you are dumb. Grey's Anatomy is an amazing show, with amazing actors and actresses, with an amazing storyline. I have never been hooked to a show as much as I have with Grey's. I mean, yes, i was devastated when Lexie died, heck i even cried. But you have to admit this was an incredible way to end the season.

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