Grey's Anatomy season 8 ended with one death and one doctor leaving Seattle Grace by the time episode 24, "Flight," aired its final scene. So will season 9 be without those two actors?
Grey's Creator Tweets About Death and Departure
Shonda Rhimes sent out a long tweet (here) after the season 8 finale "Flight" aired, and in it she says, "We know we are definitely saying goodbye to two of my favorite people: Chyler Leigh (Lexie) and Kim Raver (Teddy)." Lexie died after suffering serious injuries in the plane crash, while Teddy was offered a new job and Owen fired her, forcing her to take it so she didn't stay for him. Both events are obviously going to impact what happens in Grey's Anatomy season 9.
Assuming Sandra Oh's Cristina doesn't die out there in the woods and does make it back to Seattle Grace when new episodes return, how will she react to the news of Teddy leaving? What will she think of Owen firing Teddy so she could? That could end up being a deciding factor in Cristina staying (along with Meredith losing her sister), and it's possible that season 9 could see Cristina taking on a much bigger role in cardio at Seattle Grace. This could also end up making things worse for Cristina and Owen again. Things are already very strained there, and if Cristina does stay, season 9 could see things getting much worse. Rhimes does say in her tweet, "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." Could the show bring back Kim Raver at some point in the future if it makes sense and Raver is up for a return?
Then there's Lexie's death, which could lead to Mark (assuming he livesÂ—he wasn't doing too well at the end there) becoming depressed. It's not like television series have never done that before when a character's loved one dies, and it wouldn't be surprising if that's what happens in the beginning of season 9. There's also what Lexie's death will mean for Meredith and Derek. Meredith had decided to go to Boston, and one of her reasons for wanting to stay had been Lexie. However, since Derek's hand is obviously going to need time to heal and after Meredith lost her sister, she may want to stay in Seattle with Cristina at least. Derek may also decide to stay to be there to comfort Mark in the wake of Lexie's death. Both Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey recently signed contracts to stay on the show, so they're likely going to come up with something to keep them around. It wouldn't be surprising if it somehow is connected to Lexie's death.
Will you tune in to Grey's Anatomy season 9 even though Kim Raver and Chyler Leigh are gone?
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