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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@Belle did you watch the show? They were on their way to do a surgical procedure on conjoin twins.Most hospital do have their doctors travel together if there is an emergency case.


it´s not Derek. Dempsey confirmed on his twitter that he´s on the show for two more years. That said, Derek can be seen in the promo hitting with a cellphone right after yelling "help!" in direct answer to Mer calling out for him. He´s not dead, nor in a coma (yet). There is also a shot in the newest clip showing him how he´s reaching for somebody or trying to hault himself up. He looks in pain but not dead!


I think the plane landed on Katherine Heigl and thats who you see banging the plane with a rock... LOL


Callie or Arizoona better not be killed off if anybody should go it should be April or Avery enough said.


I still don't get why they all got on the same plane, in that combination!
Anyway I'm going to put money on either Lexie or Arizona dying. Honestly Lexie has had a dead role for the whole season-almost really just on the sidelines muddlng about feelings w Mark. Arizona is pregnant in real life, and gives plenty of opportunity for Karev to stay in Seattle. Derek might be comatose so they can slow his character down in time for when he wants to quit the show, instead of kill him off. So Mark becomes full parent with Callie, and if Lexie survives, they obviously get together n he gets the life he wants.


really?! how did all of them residents and drs wind up in one plane anyway? there is no logic in that. in any emergency they would not travel together or in such a large group, let alone when all of them are headed to different hospitals for their offers. i don't get this part where they are all in one plane heading towards death. No sense. A bit lame of an ending.


ooooh. I think that I agree with the statement that technically Der wouldnt be leaving the show, just will be absent in a coma from the plane crash, heard a spoiler say that he was taken from the inside of the plane, really traumatic.... then Mer would have to stay, to take care of him and Zola....meaning Yang would stay to take care of her "person" aka Mer, then Yang could stay to work on things with Owen.... :)


It could be April, I mean she did run out of the bar....drunk....with Avery following her. She could be hit by a car or commit suicide somehow, since she believes that Jesus hates her and nothing is going good for her right now. It's basically led up to this point....it would be really sad, but no one is thinking that because of the plane. I think that Derrick will be majorly hurt. causing him and Mer to stay....


I've been a fan since day 1 and I love the show. As for who is going to die I personally think it might be Arizona that would be unexpected and because she is actually pregnant in real life. I may be wrong that she's not the one that is going to die but a little part of me think she my be the one. Now if its not from the plane crash then I think it might be April(wish she doesn't die) she is probably going to get hit by car, when she left the bar, or she'll probably commit suicide because she's feeling guilty that she broke her promise to God but is she a main character? Arizona is more then a main character then she is. Lexie and Mark needs to finally be happy with each other and I wouldn't want Mark to regret not saying that he loves her back.


Please dont let callie or arizona be the one to go!

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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.