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Original Grey's Anatomy Cast: Returning For Season 9 (and 10)!

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Huge Grey's Anatomy casting news this morning. The six remaining original stars have all signed two-year contracts to continue with the ABC medical drama, keeping the core of the show intact.

This assumes there are two more seasons, of course. ABC has yet to formally order a ninth season of Grey’s Anatomy, though it seems like a foregone conclusion. The network reveals its 2012-13 schedule Tuesday.

Assuming Grey's is on it, Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers, James Pickens, Jr. and Chandra Wilson will all be back. The same goes for a potential 10th season in 2013-14.

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Showrunner Shonda Rhimes has said it's been challenging to craft the season finale to the current eighth season while not knowing which members of the original cast would and would not return next fall.

“[It] was the most complex puzzle I’ve had to put together, ever,” she told TV Line this winter.

”We have all these moveable pieces of who’s coming back and who’s not, and finally I just decided to focus on what was going to be best creatively [and] make it work regardless of what is happening [off screen].”

The Grey's Anatomy season finale spoilers we've read so far suggest a very dark chapter to come tonight and next week, but it looks like Meredith, Derek, Alex, Cristina, Bailey and Richard all survive.

The original cast members were the only ones with expiring contracts at the end of Season 8; the rest of the ensemble remains signed through next year as well. Of course, there could be a major death.

In any case, it's terrific that ABC and the cast were able to get this done. Comment below!

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I hate Lexie was killed off & I would have preferred they killed April but it was her choice to leave the show. I have watched every episode of Grey's and it will never get old to me and I wont stop watching unless Christina is taken off. She is essential to this show & her character is GENIUS!

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Soooo sad Lexie was killed off....its just not right. Her and Mark were supposed to get back together and have babies. And Meredith needs her. Why couldnt she have just went into a long term coma and temporarily placed in a rehabilitation home or leave of absence for some reason or another, at least so there was the option of her coming back. Uugghhhh!!! So not right. Come on Shonda, dont start letting us down. This is my ALL TIME FAVORITE show ever....I cant express enough how much I LOVE Greys Anatomy. I dont know if you realize how much this show means to many of us fans. You are amazing in your creation of this show!!:) Keep it up!! I havent been this sad since George and Izzies departures from the show. Please find a way to write Lexie back into the show. It could be her bad dream while shes unconscious and trapped under the wreckage or something. There has to be a way for her to stay and Chyler has to play the part, not someone else. However, I cant wait till next season starts anyhoo!!!:):)Please make it worth the wait for all of us faithful fans!!~~

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Soooo sad Lexie was killed off....its just not right. Her and Mark were supposed to get back together and have babies. And Meredith needs her. Why couldnt she have just went into a long term coma and temporarily placed in a rehabilitation home or leave of absence for some reason or another, at least so there was the option of her coming back. Uugghhhh!!! So not right. Come on Shonda, dont start letting us down. This is my ALL TIME FAVORITE show ever....I cant express enough how much I LOVE Greys Anatomy. You are amazing in your creation of this show!!:) I havent been this sad since George and Izzies departures from the show. However, I cant wait till next season starts anyhoo!!!:):)

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@ Courtney... you do know it wasn't all Shonda's decision, right? When a character doesn't want to be on a show anymore, they tend to get killed off or something... so... relax, psycho.

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i can't believe they killed Lexi off shonda rhymes SHOULD be scared about the way we are going to react she was my favorite character I won't be watching the show any more I've been watching it since season 1 and I'm sick of what she is doing to this Show she is ruining it
This was a HORRIBLE move on her part she should be ashamed of herself

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please don't let arizona die!! love her! I'm afraid she will die because she looks really bad in the season 8 finale...

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sorry lexi is gone but the show must go on love greys anotomy and all the people love watching all the reruns cant get enough keep on rolling

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You're all too hard on Owen! Love him!

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how can they kill off lexie???mark is going to be miserable like a stone.....and when is season 9 coming out anyway??????am jst so pissed and sad

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this show must go on. Only show I have watched every episode and it keeps getting better. I know its just a soap but after 8 years, the writing is great, and its not run its coarse. please let it end with an ending fitting the great but not stupid writing .

Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

Meredith