Grey’s Anatomy Season Finale Spoilers: ‘Here’s To The Future / Now Or Never’ Are Izzie and George Leaving?

Episodes 5.23 and 5.24: Here’s To The Future / Now Or Never (Season finale) Airdate: May 14, 2009 from 9 to 11 p.m.

In the last few minutes of the Grey’s Anatomy finale, we see both George and Izzie coding in different rooms; their spirits meeting at the famous elevator, but will they both be pronounced dead when the show returns in the fall? That’s all up in the air now and to be determined…..

Exclusive: ‘Grey’s’ boss on finale’s Izzie-George shocker, Mer-Der ‘wedding,’ and more!

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Greysanatomy_lMaybe you just watched the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy. And maybe you’re freaking out. Oh, who am I kidding, you are freaking out. Well, good news: Mike Ausiello got off the phone with series creator Shonda Rhimes and obtained exclusive intel on last night’s jaw-dropping climax. Will Izzie and John Doe George survive? Was that really Meredith and Derek’s wedding we witnessed? Is Jessica Capshaw here to stay? Yep. Rhimes answered all those questions and even found time to address the “ghost sex” controversy, Katherine Heigl’s Emmy chances, TR Knight’s alleged unhappiness, and more.

Rumors have been swirling all year that Katherine and TR wanted off the show. The season ends with both their characters’ lives hanging in the balance. Purely coincidental?
SHONDA RHIMES:
I don’t think there are any coincidences. I think Katherine’s stated publicly that she’s happy to stay. I think that there have been lots of rumors about TR, but TR’s never said anything. Take from it what you will.

This kind of cliffhanger almost seems tailor-made to capitalize on some of those headlines and generate buzz.
RHIMES:
You have to remember, I have two shows. It’s not as if I spend a lot of time reading the press. We talk about stuff in the writers’ room that other people have read, but, mostly, we were really moving on character. Every year at the beginning of the season I pitch what the end of the season is going to be. And I literally sat down and pitched the last 10 minutes of this season at the beginning of the season, so we were headed towards the place that we knew we were going to go.

Do you know which one of them lives and which one of them dies?
RHIMES:
Yes. And I don’t know that you should be saying “which one of them lives and which one of them dies.” I know what happens to the characters.

Have you shared this information with Katherine and TR?
RHIMES:
[Silence] I don’t want to answer that. I don’t want to talk about my private conversations with the actors.

Katherine said in a recent interview that she was as much in the dark about Izzie’s fate as anyone. Do you keep this stuff close to the vest in order to prevent leaks?
RHIMES:
There was a joke for a while there that if I got hit by a bus [no one would] know how to end the season. I do feel like a secret’s not a secret if anybody knows about it. It was really about trying to keep the storyline as secret as possible, because I wanted the last moment of the season to be a real surprise.

Did TR ask to be released from his contract?
RHIMES:
I absolutely am not going to talk about any private conversations I had with the actors. I feel like that invades their privacy.

Why haven’t we seen very much of George this season? I understand that there are ebbs and flows on ensemble dramas but…
RHIMES:
There are ebbs and flows. Every character this season has had a lot of ebbs and flows. And every season is shaped differently. With George, I really wanted you to not notice that he wasn’t there for most of this episode. I don’t think anybody noticed because of the way we laid it out this season. He’s an incredibly talented actor. And, actually, he was really lovely and elegant about lying there in all that very painful makeup and prosthetics for much of the episode with no words. That moment where he grabs Meredith’s hand is one of the most affecting moments of the episode, and it was without words.

There was criticism that the Denny hallucinations went on too long without an explanation. Looking back, do you regret not revealing Izzie’s diagnosis sooner?
RHIMES:
Do I regret it? No. As writers, we had a lot of fun figuring out how we were going to tell that story. I don’t regret anything we’ve done. Every season is a learning process for me. This is my first television show. Granted, I’ve done five seasons now, but it’s still my first television show. As we head into season 6 everything is still a learning experience for me. It’s been a great, crazy experiment that has happened fairly publicly, but, for me, it’s been my learning process.

There was a period there where the show was being relentless mocked, especially where the “ghost sex” was concerned. Did you ever take it personally?
RHIMES:
You’re the first person to tell me that, because I, of course, don’t read a lot of press. One thing we’ve gotten used to is being in the public eye and we learned to let everything roll off our backs. We knew where we were going; we had a road map. The rest of the audience didn’t know where we were going. We all thought it was really surprising that anybody thought there was a ghost on our show. We’re a medical show. We thought it was surprising that anybody would look at it and go, “Gee, that’s a ghost.” So that was surprising to us. But, other than that, we took it with a grain of salt.

Did the network stick by you during the initial backlash?
RHIMES:
Yes. [ABC president] Steve [McPherson] and I sat down and talked about what we were going to do before we did it, and figured out how many episodes and everything. I’m in constant contact [with him].

Will Katherine be putting her name back in the Emmy race this season?
RHIMES:
You know, I don’t know. I think she did beautiful work. I think she always does beautiful work.

Did Meredith and Derek really get married last night?
RHIMES:
Their wedding was a Post-it note. We had a big series of discussions about it in the writers’ room. I felt very strongly — very very strongly — that the last thing Meredith Grey would do is put on a wedding dress and walk down an aisle. It just felt wrong to me, Meredith being Meredith. And the Post-it wedding will have big reverberations next season.

Will we still get an official wedding at some point?
RHIMES:
I think they feel it is an official wedding.

Meredith and Derek fans felt a little cheated by the 100th episode because they were led to believe one thing and they got another.
RHIMES:
Yeah, I saw a lot of people felt like, “Oh my god, they promised it was going to be a Meredith and Derek wedding.” I never said it was Meredith and Derek’s wedding, I said it was their wedding day.

Have you figured out how you’re going to work around Ellen Pompeo’s maternity leave next season?
RHIMES:
We’re actually still talking about that. The writers have disbanded for the season and we’re going to come back together at the beginning of June, so we’re still talking about what we’re going to do and what that’s going to mean. Her maternity leave doesn’t actually come into play until later this season. We will have shot a number of episodes by that point. [And] Ellen is extraordinarily optimistic about what she’s going to be able to do. She’s such a trouper and I’m really am grateful to her for it. We’ll take it as it comes.

Will Jessica Capshaw be promoted to a series regular next season?
RHIMES:
I can’t say because we have not renewed anybody’s contract for next season yet.

Are you happy with Jessica Capshaw?
RHIMES:
I love Jessica Capshaw. And when I say love I mean love. She couldn’t be a more wonderful person, and I feel like the chemistry Arizona and Callie have feels like the Meredith and Derek chemistry to me. I find them delightful to watch.

Last question: Looking back at this season, what are you most proud of, and what’s the one thing you would have done differently?
RHIMES:
There are a lot of things I’m proud of this season. I feel like the cast was clicking on all cylinders. I love the addition of Kevin McKidd and Jessica Capshaw. Those were additions that really worked for us. For me, I feel like this was the season where I found my joy in the show again. You do all these episodes of television and there are ebbs and flows and, for me, I feel like I really came back to the show in a way that had a lot more energy.

And what would you have done differently?
RHIMES:
That would mean I have to admit that we made some mistakes, and I’m not going to do that. [Laughs]

Come on, you’re human.
RHIMES:
We tried some stuff that didn’t work this season. I wish that we had been able to find Callie a love interest that sparkled sooner, but we found it in the end, so I feel good about that.

In the first part, entitled “Here’s to the Future” (9:00-10:00 p.m.), Izzie spends time with a fellow cancer patient and contemplates whether or not to undergo a risky surgery, as Mark is ready to take his relationship with Lexie to the next level and a patient makes Owen reassess his place at Seattle Grace. In the second part, “Now or Never” (10:00-11:00 p.m.), George delivers stunning news to Bailey, sending shockwaves throughout the hospital, and Izzie’s friends anxiously await her recovery from surgery. Meanwhile Bailey is surprisingly displeased after being accepted into the pediatric fellowship program, and the victim of a near-fatal traffic accident brings the talents of Seattle Grace’s doctors together. Source: ABC

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This Just In: Is Grey’s Anatomy Going to Kill Izzie?

Grey’s Anatomy: Izzie’s illness is even freaking out Grey’s Anatomy boss Shonda Rhimes, who blogged about the 100th episode: “I went up to the editing room when the show was being edited, and I saw my first images of Izzie lying in the hospital bed bald. And I started to cry. And I said to Susan Vaill, our brilliant editor, I said, ‘Ummm…I think Izzie is really sick.’ And she hollered at me ‘You made her sick!’…But here’s the thing. Until I saw my Izzie, bald and pale and wheezing in that bed…I mean, she’s sick. She’s really sick.  And I didn’t see it coming. My brain got ahead of my heart on this one.” In happier, potentially less-fatal news, Shonda also tweeted that there is “some good Cristina/Owen coming up too.” Source: Kristin on E!Online

Grey’s Anatomy (May 14, ABC)
Series creator Shonda Rhimes reportedly told her cast that “life-changing things” are in store for every major Seattle Gracer. Now, Shonda being Shonda, details are scarce. What we do know is that the two-hour finale’s guest-star roster includes Debra Mooney (Everwood) and Liza Weil (Gilmore Girls), respectively playing Owen’s mother and a cancer patient who bonds with Izzie. Among the twists you can count on are a reveal that paves the way for T.R. Knight’s possible exit, and a surprising declaration from one of the interns. Source: TV Guide Online

Preview of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ 2-Hour Season 5 Finale

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In ‘Here’s to Future Days’ and ‘Now or Never’, friends are anxiously waiting for Izzie’s recovery from surgery while George gives a shocking news.

Preview of 'Grey's Anatomy' 2-Hour Season 5 Finale See larger image Thursday, May 14 will be the two-hour finale event of ““. After spending time with a fellow cancer patient, Izzie contemplates whether or not to move forward with a risky surgery, and George delivers some stunning news that sends shockwaves through the hospital. In the first part “Here’s to Future Days” that airs 9/8c, Izzie spends time with a fellow cancer patient and contemplates whether or not to undergo a risky surgery, as Mark is ready to take his relationship with Lexie to the next level and a patient makes Owen reassess his place at Seattle Grace.

Airing right after that at 10/9c is “Now or Never”. George delivers stunning news to Bailey, sending shockwaves throughout the hospital, and Izzie’s friends anxiously await her recovery from surgery. Meanwhile Bailey is surprisingly displeased after being accepted into the pediatric fellowship program, and the victim of a near-fatal traffic accident brings the talents of Seattle Grace’s doctors together. As of what to be expected from the finale before it returns for a sixth season, shared to E! Online, ” …we do ultimately find out what (happens with) George -he does make a big decision in that episode. Izzie has a lot of medical (issues) in that episode. And then we have our normal ER catastrophe that goes on. It’s got to be something bad going on where all the doctors have to assemble. That much I know.”

Episode 5.24 – Now or Never – Promotional Photos

Grey’s Anatomy: See the Shocking Finale Photos

Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo, Grey's Anatomy So much is happening in this year’s finale of Grey’s Anatomy. Meredith and Derek are possibly getting married, George has a huge decision to make and Izzie’s close to kicking the bucket. On top of all that, Chandra Wilson says there’s a catastrophe in the hospital that brings all the doctors together. Could this season finale be any more action-packed? Take a sneak peek at all the excitement and misery in our Grey’s Anatomy season finale gallery. And is that a dying Izzie (Katherine Heigl) in the gallery? You’ll have to click one of the thumbnails below to find out.

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Grey’s Anatomy Finale: “Nobody Is Gonna Want to Miss It”

Chyler Leigh Source: Kristin on E!Online

She had a healthy baby girl last Thursday, but Grey’s Anatomy star Chyler Leigh was still ready and willing to do interviews this week in advance of Thursday’s climactic finale. What a trouper! Chyler answered your burning fan Q’s about Lexie’s career, love life (going strong), family ties and, of course, about what we can expect in the big Grey’s finale airing this Thursday on ABC.

Things with Mer and Lex seem to be going strong. Do you expect that to continue?
There was that kind of desperation, a puppy-dog quality, at first. Lexie has such a great family dynamic that it’s like, “Of course, why wouldn’t you want to be my sister?” But for Meredith, Lexie coming in—it was like a record scratch. But as far as I know, the relationship between the sisters continues to get better. Lexie’s been growing a lot, and I think there will be more of the mutual respect between the two of them.

Is Lexie at peace with Thatcher now, following his 12-step amends-making?
Lexie and her dad have such a great bond anyway that the apology was a much bigger deal to Lexie than to Meredith. Meredith was more like “too little, too late.” As far as Lexie goes, for him to come in and have an apology made a really big difference.

How would you compare and contrast Lexie’s infatuation with George earlier in the year with her feelings with for Marc Sloan now?
George was the first person who actually cared about her and made her feel like a person. When she first started to have feelings for him, I think they were genuine, but I think there was more of an infatuation factor, because it wasn’t reciprocated. You can’t have what you want sometimes, and that came into play. I think as far as Sloan, it was so out of left field, but from the get-go she never had a problem saying what she felt or what she thought to him. I think for some reason he gave her an instant confidence that she didn’t necessarily have with anybody else, and it kind of caused her to be more open and be more forward. The feelings she has with Mark are definitely genuine. It’s not an infatuation, and it’s certainly not to further her career or advance her, because she technically doesn’t need that help—she’s smart, and she’s got the photographic memory so she doesn’t need the help as far as her career goes. Her feelings for Sloan are definitely genuine.

Will there be more screen time for the Lexie-Sloan storyline next season?
Definitely. There definitely will be more of them next season.

Is there anyone you’d like to do more scenes with whom you haven’t really worked with yet?
I actually haven’t had a lot of scenes with Cristina! I’m like, “Wait a minute, she’s my resident!” But I’ve kind of been all over the place with everybody else. I’d definitely love to see [things with Cristina] come back around again, but I have had a lot of good scenes with Izzie and actually Callie. That’s been a lot of fun.

How are you feeling about being a Grey’s Anatomy castmember at this point?
I’ve been doing the show two full seasons now, and it’s a landmark and a breakthrough for me. Really, just to have gotten past 13 episodes was a major triumph for me in my career. I’ve got through a lot of pilots or a lot of nine-episode or 13-episode [jobs] and then that’s it, so to be part of something this long-lived, let alone something that is as well-received and well-respected as this show, that’s been very exciting for me.

Last but not least, is there anything you can tease about the season-five finale of Grey’s Anatomy?
And as far as the finale goes, the most that I can say is that there are a lot of unexpected twists and turns that happen in this episode. It is very very powerful episode and nobody is gonna want to miss it. There is a lot of key plotlines and a lot of answered questions and then more questions raised.

Are “Sexie” fans hoping for one last Sloan-Lexie scene in the finale? Got any other Grey’s Anatomy wishes you’d like to share in the comments?

The two-hour season finale episode of Grey’s Anatomy season five airs Thursday at 9 p.m. on ABC.

Grey’s Anatomy: Izzie’s Life Hangs on One Decision

Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) has quite the catch-22 on her hands. On the one hand, if she goes through with Derek’s surgery, she may lose her memory and ability to work as a surgeon. On the other hand, if she doesn’t have the surgery, she’ll most likely die, which also means she won’t be a surgeon anymore. Rough break. These are what season finale cliffhangers are meant for, people! Izzie can’t make her deadly decision, Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Owen (Kevin McKidd) are trying to find happiness and Matt Saracen (Zach Gilford) is begging Hunt to cut off his leg. Yeah, that’s not a joke, but at least our favorite quarterback is on TV again. Check out more sneak peeks from Thursday’s season finale of Grey’s Anatomy below. “Here’s to the Future” airs Thursday at 9 p.m. on ABC. Source: Kristin on E!Online

What can you spill about the Grey’s Anatomy season finale? Are we definitely saying goodbye to George and T.R. Knight? MATT: Yes, there are rumors swirling that the finale not only paves the way for George’s departure from Seattle Grace, but perhaps also his exit from this plane of existence as well. I presented said scuttlebutt to Chyler Leigh (who plays Lexie), and asked if she feels she has shared the Grey’s set with Knight a final time. “Not that I know of,” she said, adding: “I’m not even sure T.R. knows [what the future holds]. I don’t think anybody knows what’s going to happen.” Well, nobody except Shonda, that is. Source: TV Guide Online

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Grey’s Finale Preview: Does Mark Have a Big Surprise for Little Grey?

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When it comes to promoting Grey’s Anatomy‘s two-hour season finale (airing Thursday at 9 pm/ET, ABC), Chyler Leigh delivers… and then some. Not two weeks after welcoming her third child into the world, Leigh took to talking up the season-ender, in which big twists surely are ahead for the likes of Izzie and perhaps George, sure, but also Lexie and her sweet romance with Mark. Here, Leigh offers a glimpse at what’s on tap this week, reflects on the romance that was not meant to be, and shares her take on two possible goodbyes.

TVGuide.com: You’re such a trouper. You just had a kid, and yet here you are out promoting the season finale.
Chyler Leigh:
Hey, I love what I do so…

TVGuide.com: How was this pregnancy versus your previous ones?
Leigh:
Oh, it was wonderful. It was my third baby, so I knew more about what was to be expected and listening to my body and whatnot. Yet while it was easier in a lot of ways, this was the first time where I worked throughout the entire pregnancy. And it will be the last time! But everybody was so cool on the set, bringing me stools to sit on, and bringing me water….

TVGuide.com: Does a part of you wish Grey’s had written it into your storyline?
Leigh:
You know, at first I was like, “That’d be a really great thing,” but looking back, I’m glad they didn’t. It would have been way too much too soon [for Lexie and Mark].

TVGuide.com: Did you enjoy the episode where they had Lexie binge-eating?
Leigh:
Oh god. [Laughs] When that first came up, I was like, “OK, I get it.” But I swear I gained an extra three pounds in that episode.

TVGuide.com: Meredith had that funny line about anxious Lexie’s butt getting “huge.”
Leigh:
Yeah, a big, fat ass. I was like, “That’s sweet. Thanks, guys.”

TVGuide.com: The last time we spoke, you lamented the fact that Mer hadn’t yet warmed up to her half-sister. You must be happy they have since reached a détente.
Leigh:
Yeah, I’m really glad that they developed that more. I’m such a fan of the show anyway, but when she asked Lexie to be a bridesmaid, that was such a huge thing in their relationship. From Lexie’s perspective, to be a part of something that big really took their relationship to the next level.

TVGuide.com: What’s going on with Meredith’s wedding anyway?
Leigh:
They’re still planning on getting married; it’s just a matter of when and how.

TVGuide.com: I must tell you that about half the mail our Mega Buzz column gets is about Lexie and Mark. Why do you think they have struck such a chord?
Leigh:
I think it was just so unexpected. For me personally, when I found out about the storyline, I was like, “What? I don’t get it.” But you’re now seeing these two characters individually grow. There’s only so much of the “manwhore” story you can do, as far as Mark goes, and keep it interesting.

TVGuide.com: Yeah, Eric Dane must have welcomed this story as well.
Leigh:
It’s far more interesting when you see somebody accepting change, and being proactive about it. Because the relationship between them is so new and unexpected, it raises the maturity level in both of them.

TVGuide.com: So what’s next for them? What’s the next big step after his meeting Papa Grey?
Leigh:
Well… that comes up in the finale. I can’t tell you what it is specifically, but it does definitely throw Lexie off, when Mark wants to take it to the next level. She’s got all of her ducks in a row as far as what she wants for her career. Now, to have fallen into a relationship that she wasn’t expecting, throws some of those plans off. It will be interesting to see what happens next season.

TVGuide.com: For all those Mark-Lexie fans, will the season end for them on a high note or a low one?
Leigh:
Oh, it’ll end on a high note. It is definitely good.

TVGuide.com: Last week when Lexie was helping George with the traumas, I literally had to remind myself that those two were on the cusp of romance last fall. Were you disappointed that story got dropped?
Leigh:
At first I was. I was like, “Wait a minute? What happened?” I think, though, that the reality was that George was the first person who cared about her, in any way, and gave her any sort of positive affirmation or welcome to the hospital. He was the first smiling face that she saw, and there was an infatuation factor in that — “I want to keep that around; I need that from somebody.” But the depth to it wasn’t as genuine as what we’re seeing with Mark.

TVGuide.com: There are rumors that the season finale features a big — perhaps tragic — development for George. Is it possible that you’ve had your last scene with T.R. Knight?
Leigh:
Not that I know of. Not that I know of. I know nothing, and it’s still too early to say; we literally just wrapped [production]. I haven’t been told anything, and I’m not even sure T.R. knows, or even what’s going on with [regards to] Katie [Heigl] and all that stuff, I don’t know if anybody knows what’s going to happen.

TVGuide.com: So, as far as you know, you expect to see the same ol’ gang on the set next season?
Leigh:
As far as I know!

Exclusive: ‘Grey’s’ boss on finale’s Izzie-George shocker, Mer-Der ‘wedding,’ and more!

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Greysanatomy_lMaybe you just watched the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy. And maybe you’re freaking out. Oh, who am I kidding, you are freaking out. Well, good news: Mike Ausiello got off the phone with series creator Shonda Rhimes and obtained exclusive intel on last night’s jaw-dropping climax. Will Izzie and John Doe George survive? Was that really Meredith and Derek’s wedding we witnessed? Is Jessica Capshaw here to stay? Yep. Rhimes answered all those questions and even found time to address the “ghost sex” controversy, Katherine Heigl’s Emmy chances, TR Knight’s alleged unhappiness, and more.

Rumors have been swirling all year that Katherine and TR wanted off the show. The season ends with both their characters’ lives hanging in the balance. Purely coincidental?
SHONDA RHIMES:
I don’t think there are any coincidences. I think Katherine’s stated publicly that she’s happy to stay. I think that there have been lots of rumors about TR, but TR’s never said anything. Take from it what you will.

This kind of cliffhanger almost seems tailor-made to capitalize on some of those headlines and generate buzz.
RHIMES:
You have to remember, I have two shows. It’s not as if I spend a lot of time reading the press. We talk about stuff in the writers’ room that other people have read, but, mostly, we were really moving on character. Every year at the beginning of the season I pitch what the end of the season is going to be. And I literally sat down and pitched the last 10 minutes of this season at the beginning of the season, so we were headed towards the place that we knew we were going to go.

Do you know which one of them lives and which one of them dies?
RHIMES:
Yes. And I don’t know that you should be saying “which one of them lives and which one of them dies.” I know what happens to the characters.

Have you shared this information with Katherine and TR?
RHIMES:
[Silence] I don’t want to answer that. I don’t want to talk about my private conversations with the actors.

Katherine said in a recent interview that she was as much in the dark about Izzie’s fate as anyone. Do you keep this stuff close to the vest in order to prevent leaks?
RHIMES:
There was a joke for a while there that if I got hit by a bus [no one would] know how to end the season. I do feel like a secret’s not a secret if anybody knows about it. It was really about trying to keep the storyline as secret as possible, because I wanted the last moment of the season to be a real surprise.

Did TR ask to be released from his contract?
RHIMES:
I absolutely am not going to talk about any private conversations I had with the actors. I feel like that invades their privacy.

Why haven’t we seen very much of George this season? I understand that there are ebbs and flows on ensemble dramas but…
RHIMES:
There are ebbs and flows. Every character this season has had a lot of ebbs and flows. And every season is shaped differently. With George, I really wanted you to not notice that he wasn’t there for most of this episode. I don’t think anybody noticed because of the way we laid it out this season. He’s an incredibly talented actor. And, actually, he was really lovely and elegant about lying there in all that very painful makeup and prosthetics for much of the episode with no words. That moment where he grabs Meredith’s hand is one of the most affecting moments of the episode, and it was without words.

There was criticism that the Denny hallucinations went on too long without an explanation. Looking back, do you regret not revealing Izzie’s diagnosis sooner?
RHIMES:
Do I regret it? No. As writers, we had a lot of fun figuring out how we were going to tell that story. I don’t regret anything we’ve done. Every season is a learning process for me. This is my first television show. Granted, I’ve done five seasons now, but it’s still my first television show. As we head into season 6 everything is still a learning experience for me. It’s been a great, crazy experiment that has happened fairly publicly, but, for me, it’s been my learning process.

There was a period there where the show was being relentless mocked, especially where the “ghost sex” was concerned. Did you ever take it personally?
RHIMES:
You’re the first person to tell me that, because I, of course, don’t read a lot of press. One thing we’ve gotten used to is being in the public eye and we learned to let everything roll off our backs. We knew where we were going; we had a road map. The rest of the audience didn’t know where we were going. We all thought it was really surprising that anybody thought there was a ghost on our show. We’re a medical show. We thought it was surprising that anybody would look at it and go, “Gee, that’s a ghost.” So that was surprising to us. But, other than that, we took it with a grain of salt.

Did the network stick by you during the initial backlash?
RHIMES:
Yes. [ABC president] Steve [McPherson] and I sat down and talked about what we were going to do before we did it, and figured out how many episodes and everything. I’m in constant contact [with him].

Will Katherine be putting her name back in the Emmy race this season?
RHIMES:
You know, I don’t know. I think she did beautiful work. I think she always does beautiful work.

Did Meredith and Derek really get married last night?
RHIMES:
Their wedding was a Post-it note. We had a big series of discussions about it in the writers’ room. I felt very strongly — very very strongly — that the last thing Meredith Grey would do is put on a wedding dress and walk down an aisle. It just felt wrong to me, Meredith being Meredith. And the Post-it wedding will have big reverberations next season.

Will we still get an official wedding at some point?
RHIMES:
I think they feel it is an official wedding.

Meredith and Derek fans felt a little cheated by the 100th episode because they were led to believe one thing and they got another.
RHIMES:
Yeah, I saw a lot of people felt like, “Oh my god, they promised it was going to be a Meredith and Derek wedding.” I never said it was Meredith and Derek’s wedding, I said it was their wedding day.

Have you figured out how you’re going to work around Ellen Pompeo’s maternity leave next season?
RHIMES:
We’re actually still talking about that. The writers have disbanded for the season and we’re going to come back together at the beginning of June, so we’re still talking about what we’re going to do and what that’s going to mean. Her maternity leave doesn’t actually come into play until later this season. We will have shot a number of episodes by that point. [And] Ellen is extraordinarily optimistic about what she’s going to be able to do. She’s such a trouper and I’m really am grateful to her for it. We’ll take it as it comes.

Will Jessica Capshaw be promoted to a series regular next season?
RHIMES:
I can’t say because we have not renewed anybody’s contract for next season yet.

Are you happy with Jessica Capshaw?
RHIMES:
I love Jessica Capshaw. And when I say love I mean love. She couldn’t be a more wonderful person, and I feel like the chemistry Arizona and Callie have feels like the Meredith and Derek chemistry to me. I find them delightful to watch.

Last question: Looking back at this season, what are you most proud of, and what’s the one thing you would have done differently?
RHIMES:
There are a lot of things I’m proud of this season. I feel like the cast was clicking on all cylinders. I love the addition of Kevin McKidd and Jessica Capshaw. Those were additions that really worked for us. For me, I feel like this was the season where I found my joy in the show again. You do all these episodes of television and there are ebbs and flows and, for me, I feel like I really came back to the show in a way that had a lot more energy.

And what would you have done differently?
RHIMES:
That would mean I have to admit that we made some mistakes, and I’m not going to do that. [Laughs]

Come on, you’re human.
RHIMES:
We tried some stuff that didn’t work this season. I wish that we had been able to find Callie a love interest that sparkled sooner, but we found it in the end, so I feel good about that.

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4 Comments

  1. Joel

     /  May 14, 2009

    Both Izzie and George dying in the same episode? Too much saddness in one episode. It was enough to lose ER this year, but the best parts(characters)of Grey’s Anatomy gone too? Aw give me a break. But I guess, we all have to move on. This country is so depressed about the economy and the Auto Industry. TV and Movies are supposed to give us devirsion from reality. Have we left reality and gone over the edge? Are we waiting for “Judgement Day?” Radical change is here, but not the horrible cataclisym the Born agains are hoping for.
    We will survive after a few years of rebuilding and be in a better place.

  2. Willow

     /  May 15, 2009

    Oh, but I love George! He’s so sweet and adorable! He’s my favorite character! I sobbed last night watching that episode…

  3. KCK

     /  May 15, 2009

    Great writing !!!!!!!!!!

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