Warning: Do not read on if you have not watched Thursday night’s finale of “Grey’s Anatomy.” If you do, it will make you very, very sad without any sort of coping mechanism in place.
No matter how many times you look back on the scenes in Thursday night’s season finale, it doesn’t change the facts. Lexie is gone, and Mark / Lexie fans are now left without hope moving forward. It was one of the most stunning deaths in TV history, and you come to root for a character only to have them yanked away without warning.
So what does showrunner Shonda Rhimes have to say about what happened? In a lengthy post on Twitter (you can read it all below), she explains that not only is Chyler Leigh gone from the show now, so is Kim Raver following Teddy being fired (almost out of mercy) from Seattle Grace:
“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.”
As for how the story moves forward, we will probably learn about some new additions to the cast over the summer — and we will also have more details as the weeks progress.
However, now is the time to really sit back and reflect on what has transpired more so than what will be. What do you think about Shonda’s explanation, are you still as crushed as you were watching the episode?