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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Ummm...some of these comments r dumb..LEXIE DIED...they r Dr.'s they know how to check a pulse...she died, she's not returning...end of story..


Does anyone know if mars gonna make it???


Not happy at all that Lexie was killed off. That was a major part of the show that I enjoyed between Mark and Lexie.


Oh my!! What is in store for next season! Could not believe the show tonight :0(


THEY KILLED LEXIE OFF!!! I am BEYOND angry that Shonda Rhimes would concot such a plot involving her death. And Mark is totally gone. Emotionally, that is.


Its going to be lexie everyone else looked fine except her she was under the plane(something was on top of her) .


If Arizona stays, how are they going to work that into the show? I hope the only dead character is April, is anyone has to die. This is a great med show. I love the cast.


The plane crashes.
Six people are injured, but they all survive. Back at the hospital, April takes a handful of pills. The End. Oh wait, that's Smash..


I don't care who goes and who stays as long as mark,lexie callie and arizona return i love mark and lexie they have such great chemistry and u can tell how much they still love each other even when there broke up and dating other people MEXIE OR SLEXIE if u prefer 4 FUCKING EVER!!!!!!!!!!!


mi question is how Shonda is going to make the new season work if Meredith and Derek are going to Boston and Christina is going to MAyo and Karev is leaving too and most of the surgeons are leaving Seattle grace

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)

Lexie: [narrating] Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.
Mark: It isn't just death we have to grieve. It's life. It's loss. It's change.
Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime.
Izzie: That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive.
Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much.
Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.
Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty.
Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can't control it.
Arizona: The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.
Callie: And let it go when we can.
Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again.
Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: There are five stages of grief. They look different on all of us, but there are always five.
Alex: Denial.
Derek: Anger.
Bailey: Bargaining.
Lexie: Depression.
Richard: Acceptance.