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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Can't believe they killed off Lexipedia, but I guess if she wanted to leave, then that was a good way to do it, its not like it would have been easy to transfer her to another hospital or anything, she would never leave Sloane and Mer. I think bringing back Izzie will be really good now, the added spice will help the fans cope with not having Lexie. And seriously guys no more killings sheesh!!


I have to say I was disappointed that lexie was killed off the show... she was one of the best actresses besides yang and grey. I didn't want to see any of them go.. last episode of season 8 was the worst episode made yet. Can't can't can't wait till next saeason still a hhhhuugggeee fan of the show by far the best show out there


this show is as dead as the character lexi grey. the casting crew, the writers, the directors, shonda, it as good as done. so sad. top rated to nothing.


you all screwd up.


They killed off Lexie cause the actress opted not to return
So I can understand why they chose to have her die. I think it will make a great story line for next year as people deal with her death


Really hurt that Shonda keeps doing this to the fans of the show. Stop killing off the good people! Get rid of Arizona or Hunt or that stupid girl that flunked her boards. I am so pissed.


Lexie dies already seen the episode, and teddy aldman is fired


I can't believe they killed off Lexie! She was definitely one of my favorite characters and I'd hoped she and Mark would get back together. It was a poor choice, killing off Arizona (though I like her) would've made for a better story later with Callie coping and Mark and Lexie reuniting.


Omg the last episode was crazy i hope everyone else makes it i would die if they kill anyone else off will i dont know how i fell about mark though


I'M disappointed that Lexi died, I would much have rather seen April, Hunt or Arizona die, they are so annoying. I love the rest of the cast. Also I've heard that Katherine Heigl has stated she'd like to come back as Izzie Stevens and I'm hoping the writer will bring her back, she was one of my favorites!

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

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.


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)