It has been a long and stressful road for both us fans and those who work behind-the-scenes at Grey’s Anatomy just waiting to see how this year’s contract negotiations work out, as it could change the face of the series forever. Series creator Shonda Rhimes hasn’t been shy about sharing her apprehensions going into this year, and even revealed that it wasn’t until recently that she was even able to figure out how to end (and then, subsequently, write) the season.
Still, the end of the season is coming – and quickly – and it doesn’t look like the stress will be ending for either party any time soon, as a new TVGuide.com interview with Shonda Rhimes has shed light on this season’s finale, airing May 17, which will reportedly be even worse than when a rogue gunman roamed the hospital two years ago. The interview confirms recent speculation that a series regular cast member will die, though there’s no telling out of the 14+ cast members who it could be. And though Rhimes won’t reveal much of the finale, whose main story arc apparently kicks off in the May 10 episode, “Migration,” she does reveal that we will finally see Meredith and Derek’s dream house and that it won’t be burning down. “I was not ready to do that,” she says, adding that she hopes they get to use the location next season.
The finale will apparently also offer up a lot of key moments for many characters, including Alex, where “we watch Alex have a really lovely moment where we discover how much he’s grown up this season.” Ben and Miranda will make a big decision, while Mark and Lexie will “have some very beautiful moments with one another.” And Cristina will struggle to come to terms with the fact that she would rather be a talented surgeon before being Owen’s wife.
But Rhimes wouldn’t offer any information up on Callie or Arizona, saying there was nothing she could reveal about them. With a finale so big, it seems curious that they wouldn’t have a storyline or be included, which has many people thinking quite the opposite – could one of them be biting the dust?
It would also appear that Rhimes now knows the outcome of the contract discussions with her actors, which is something she is hoping to keep secret until after the finale airs. Whereas previously, Rhimes would admit to having no knowledge about what was happening with contract talks, Rhimes now states that she’s simply not allowed to talk about it.
Either way, this year is going to be a big finale for Grey’s Anatomy viewers, one that is sure to keep us talking all summer. Current popular opinion seems to suggest that it will be Arizona dying on the series, but I remain unconvinced. Rhimes does admit that “there are certain characters on this show that you can’t kill. It wouldn’t be acceptable not only to the audience, but to me and my vision of what this show is. They can’t die.” So now it’s just a matter of who those “certain characters” are.
Now that we’ve come to the final week before the finale, and now that we know all of the original cast members will be returning to the show for at least two more years, it’s time for one final poll. Take your final guesses: Who do you think will die in the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy?
ORIGINAL POLL from April 25: Who do you think will die in the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy?