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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

WARNING. IF YOU HAVE NOT YET WATCHED THE SEASON 8 GREY'S ANATOMY FINALE, DO NOT READ THIS SUPER-LONG TWEET. Okay? Seriously. Last chance...

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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Come on people, come on!It was an epic season finale and follows an epic season 9 premiere. One thing i always liked in G.A. is that it depicts real life...most of the times beautifully shown but still real life. And if u like a series you don't want to happen what YOU want to happen.You want to happen what the writer wants to happen,the one who wrote so profesionally the previous episodes that u loved!

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I don't know if it's been said before but I ll say it anyway because, in hindsight, it foreshadows lexies death. In that alternate reality episode wasn't she about to die? Couldn't that have been a warning from shonda? Just like how everyone else ended up where they were supposed to be, the same happened to Lexie. That said I'm totally gutted. Really struggling to make sense of it. Can't remember the last, if ever, a characters death had made me so disturbed. :( its horrible to say but I hope Mark passes on to, so the can be together and at peace.

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I did think of a dream version... Having watched way too many Final Destinations movies... But this is WAaAAAAAYYYYY too big.... we'll see, but I don't wanna get my hopes up....

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@K120 Yeah right? And we haven't heard Chyler say anything about it yet, we can all just assume that she wanted to leave because of her family but until I hear her say it herself I'm not believing it. Maybe she didn't really die and it's a dream or she passed out. And maybe Shonda told us that Chyler was leaving and not coming back to throw us off. I mean she can't make us think she killed off a character then say " It was so hard to make the decision to kill Lexie, but don't worry Chyler will be back next season." LOL. So maybe there's hope? Less than a year ago Chyler said she wasn't going anywhere, she said that if Ellen didn't stay she would gladly take her place. Did she really change her mind from saying she would be the head of the show to not wanting to be on it at all so quickly? I don't know I'll keep hoping, I don't want her to die, she was the only reason I watched GA.

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I didn't like it at all!!! Lexie and Mark were one of the main reasons I was watching Grey's Anatomy. It was such a shock, now I'm gonna feel like there's something missing from the show; for me it just won't be as good anymore...bad decision

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Still hoping it's a dream, lol. Maybe Shonda and Chyler will realize how much the fans will miss her and Chyler will decide to come back.... I'm hoping it will be a dream or she just passed out or something. I know its unrealistic, but a bomb, a flood, a shooting, cancer, getting hit by buses and now a plane crash( and I think I forgot a few lol)all happening to a small group of people is already pretty unrealistic to me. So it being a dream or Lexie waking up and surviving by some wonderful miracle wouldn't be the most silliest thing to happen in Grey's Anatomy history, it is t.v afterall.

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And I know we don't watch series to watch real life, but it is important to have that one episode that is real and non-romantic and not movie-like in a show whose main purpose is to give life lessons to people. I still agree that this is one of my least favourite season finales, but it still gives us a wake up call: Never postpone for tomorrow the things that you want and need to do in the present. Because life changes in an instant. Turns on a dime - Callie Torres

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I know everybody is saying how badly they chose to end Lexi's journey in the series and I didnt like it either, but still, i appreciate the way Shonda chose to execute this episode. She chose a realistic, raw and in your face approach because that is what life is like. Yes, Grey's Anatomy has had some of the best finales ever written in television history (my favourite being season 5's finale), but I like the fact that she chose for a change to make a realistic tragic episode, instead of the climax, the goodbyes and the ultimate tragic moment at the end of the episode that we all love. Because that is not real life, in real life you don't always get your final moment with someone, in real life death is unexpected and not when you expect it and you wish your last conversation or moment with someone wasn't a bad one. And I know we don't watch series to watch real life, but it is important to have that one episode that is real and non-romantic and not movie-like in a show whose main purpose is to give life lessons to people. I still agree that this is one of my least favourite season finales, but it still gives us a wake up call: Never postpone for tomorrow the things that you want and need to do in the present. Because life changes in an instant. Turns on a dime - Callie Torres

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bad decision, i think many fans are disappointed right now...she sad that they are saying goodbye to her two favorite people....than why the hell she killled lexie? i mean, its not fair,and im so sick of this crap! ...it wasnt a right time for lexie to go! she needed to be with mark finally, become a chief resident...

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And Denny wasn't a main character so he sure wouldn't be in that picture....