If you haven’t seen the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy, stop reading! Grey’s Anatomy’s creator, the woman behind the show, and the spin off Private Practice, as well as the new ABC hit Scandal has been fielding questions about the decision to kill off a fan favorite Lexie Grey, as well as sending lead cardio surgeon Teddy Altman packing in the season finale that aired May 17.
Grey’s fans can usually count on Shonda Rhimes to deliver adrenaline pumping season finales, complete with scenes that bring on the waterworks. This season finale was a little different, as it followed 6 of the beloved doctors dealing with the aftermath of being in a plane crash, and fans didn’t watch their journey as most just felt stuck there with them. It was promised that a lead character would meet their final end, and in the first 15 minutes Lexie Grey, played by Chyler Leigh, met her journey’s end after 5 years on the show.
Shonda Rhimes took to twitter, not to address questions on whether or not the doctors would make it home and survive, but to talk about the difficulty of writing two character’s journeys coming to an end, tweeting, “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).”
Continued in the tweet Rhimes tweeted about her thought process behind the death of Lexie Grey and the firing of Teddy Altman, and how she ultimately came to making two very hard decisions. “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.”
Did you enjoy the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy?