Shonda Rhimes Speaks on Shocking Grey's Anatomy Death

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WARNING: Turn back now if you haven't seen the Grey's Anatomy season finale.

After the controversial and shocking death of a fan favorite, creator Shonda Rhimes is weighing in on the decision to bid that character farewell ... along with another doctor who also left town.

"Flight" rocked longtime fans of the ABC drama to the core, perhaps even more than past years. A beloved character meeting a gruesome, horrible and absolutely shocking death will do that.

"They're not really gone for good, are they?", more than a few fans likely asked.

But they are. Rhimes released a statement via Twitter after the episode, saying she's as sad as you are about what happened. Read it below, then comment with your take on her remarks:

Mark Breaking Down


Okay. Callie said it best tonight: Life changes in an instant. Turns on a dime.

This finale was incredibly hard to write. I did not enjoy it. It made me sick and it made me sad. We end the season not knowing ANYTHING about the future. Except for two things.

We know we are definitely saying goodbye to two of my favorite people: Chyler Leigh (Lexie) and Kim Raver (Teddy).

I know this season's finale had some surprises for viewers and the exit of Kim Raver was one of the big ones. But Kim's series option was up and she was ready to give Teddy Altman a much-needed vacation.

It's been a pleasure working with someone as talented and funny and kind as Kim; everyone is going to miss her terribly. I like to imagine that Teddy is still out there in the Grey's Anatomy universe, running Army Medical Command and building a new life.

I love Chyler and I love the character of Lexie Grey.

She was an important member of my Grey's family. This was not an easy decision. But it was a decision that Chyler and I came to together. We had a lot of thoughtful discussion about it and ultimately we both decided this was the right time for her character's journey to end.

As far as I'm concerned Chyler will always remain a part of the Shondaland family and I can't wait to work with her again in the future. I'd write more but I'm honestly too sad. I don't like life changing in an instant and turning on a dime.

Thanks for watching Season 8. We are, as always, grateful that you joined us for the ride."

Sob. Hiccup. Sob.

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No why is this happening shonda bring closure to izzie character just let Katherine heigl guess star or get back on the show for a little while so she can properly say goodbye to her friends


I want lexie back!she is my fav character on grey's anotony!! My daughter was in love with lexie! She laughed at her jokes,she was with lexie through times of need,and most of all...THEY BOTH LOVE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS!!! She needs lexie!!! Lexie,dear lexie if you are reading this, we all love you.We need you on the show!You were like the big were funny,smart,a real grey!!we love you and never for get that.:)the people they need to get rid of is Callie and Arizona !!!:(I don't like them at daughter hates them for a fact!!get rid of them,BAM the show will be a hit like it was before you put them on there.Callie used to be my fav charter,till she started being gay,now she makes me sick!!!:(but lexie we love you,and no one will ever change that.


Maybe the plane crash events are all a dream or delusion.They could have crashed but are knocked out.The script as we saw it played out can be changed to reflect what has really happened when they wake up. This will allow for Sloan and Lexie to still be alive and together. There is still a way out of this. Lexie's character should remain alive. The way it stands right now....too many tears for this shocker.




I'm so so upset with the end of season 8!!WTF were they thinking!!they obviosly were not thinking!!!its jus plain crap that little grey dies!!why can't she and mcsteamy get there happy ending!!fine if she wanted to leave the show,but she could have been tranferred to another hospital and have a long distance realtionshio with Mark!!!pls pls can this be Mark horrible nightmare and then he stops them from boarding the plane just in time and he can tell Lexie how much he loves her!!


Grey's Anatomy is one of the few shows hubby and I watch during the reaulgr TV season. My husband seems to enjoy it, but I don't think he'd miss it if we stopped watching. He's watched the first two episodes of Vampire Diaries with me, but I'm not sure how long that will last for either of us. His favorite show at the moment is Glee. I'm with you when it comes to Jeffrey Dean Morgan! Cristina and Owen's story was one of my favorites in season 5..-= Literary Felineb4s last blog .. =-.


Lexie was my favourite character of all time and I hate that she is dead and will question myself on watching the next season and I know that a lot of my friends will not watch season 9 ! I am still hoping she will magically start breathing again ! Lexie and mark for life !


i just need to say i am officially done with this show. Shonda, i get the Lexie was not renewing her contract but killing her? really? Aren't you damaging Meredith and her dad more and more? I just don't get it nor do i support this!


Lexie Grey and Chyler Leigh, you'll be greatly missed :( I am very disappointed that Mark and Lexie never got back together.


One week after the finale and still feeling sad that we won't see a Mark/Lexie reunion. Loved that couple cause the possibilities were endless for them. Will miss Chyler as she portrayed Lexie with such wit, charm and humanity. Bravo Chyler and thank you so very much..Will miss Kim as Teddy. Her scenes with Henry were fantastic to watch as were her scenes following his death. What a truly talented actress. At least the door is open for Teddy to return if the timing is right. Thank you to Shonda for writing another great season and thank you to the cast - you are all so very talented...This finale left me in tears and wondering in what direction you'll be taking our favourite characters next season. I do hope that you continue the new season where you left off. I think it's important for the fans to experience the reaction of the other characters as they learn of Lexie's death. It would sort of be like closure. Not that I want to wish away time, but I am looking forward to Season 9 of Grey's.

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