Major Lost Series Finale Spoilers: 6.17/18 “The End”


SUNDAY MAY 23 7|6c

The Final Journey

Reviewing the events of the series; past and present cast members discuss their experiences.

SUNDAY MAY 23 9|8c

The End

One of the most critically-acclaimed and groundbreaking shows of the past decade concludes in this “Lost” Series Finale Event. The battle lines are drawn as Locke puts his plan into action, which could finally liberate him from the island.

Episode 6.17/18 – The End – Promotional Photos

Larger ones coming soon…

LOST – “The End” – One of the most critically-acclaimed and groundbreaking shows of the past decade concludes in this “Lost” Series Finale Event. The battle lines are drawn as Locke puts his plan into action, which could finally liberate him from the island, on “Lost,” SUNDAY, MAY 23 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/MARIO PEREZ)


Episode 6.17/18 – The End – ABC Promo 1 and 2

Episode 6×17/18 The End (Series Finale) – Sneak Peek 1

Episode 6.17/18 – The End – Sneak Peek 2

Snippet on Finale from TV Guide Magazine

And for those of you who have completely abandoned hope of any happily-ever-afters for these poor lost souls following the recent string of island casualties, Sonja Walger, whose lucky Penny turns up in the finale, offers us a ray of hope. When I asked her to tell me who gets the best ending, she said, “We all do and you’ll see why.”

Source: TV Guide Magazine

How Will Lost End?

The show’s stars offer teases about the May 23rd series finale

With the recent deaths of Sun, Jin, Sayid and Charles Widmore, not to mention Kate’s shooting and Richard’s projection by Smokey into the jungle, I was starting to worry that none of my favorite Lost characters were going to end up with happy endings. But I’ve found new hope after several of the show’s stars offered me some encouraging teases about the ABC drama’s two and a half hour May 23 series wrap-up.

When I asked Scotty Caldwell, who plays Rose, to pick her favorite death scene, she looked at me like I was oblivious.

“Who died?” she asked. “They’re dead??” Hmm….What are we to make of this? Could the characters’ flashsideways lives possibly be the ones that stick? Prodded further, Scotty hinted that all of the characters “get what we gave” and are taken care of in the end.

Adds Nestor Carbonell (Richard), “The whole finale is all about everyone’s resolutions.”

And get this. When I asked Sonja Walger, who plays Penny, to tell me who gets the best ending, she said rather cryptically, “We all do and you’ll see why.” While Rebecca Mader (Charlotte) concurs, “All of us” are well served, Michael Emerson singles out his character’s ending out as perhaps the best.

“All vanity aside, I love the way Ben ends,” says Michael. “It’s true to his entire, ambiguous arc. He sort of ends and he sort of doesn’t end.”

But Scotty also tells me that more than one ending was shot. “I’m not absolutely sure about the final hows, wheres and whens because they shot more than one,” she says. “So I’ll be waiting like everyone else to see what they air.”

And according to one well-placed source, the finale, titled “The End,” may not be the ultimate ending of the story. I’m hearing twenty additional minutes of story (not just deleted footage or an alternate ending) will be included in the season six DVD to be released August 24, along with what executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse say will be some pretty spectacular packaging show fans will be unable to resist.

Source: TV Guide Magazine

Lost‘s Henry Ian Cusick: Desmond Won’t Help the Man in Black

Source: TV Guide

Henry Ian Cusick

Now that we know the Man in Black’s ultimate game plan on Lost, Henry Ian Cusick says there’s no way Desmond will help him destroy the island.

Getting Lost: Who is Jack’s baby mama?

“Whatever the Man in Black wants, I’m imagining Desmond will want the opposite,” Cusick tells TVGuide.com.

Cusick and co-star Nestor Carbonell also discuss the meaning behind Lost, which Carbonell says “is ultimately based on love.”

Lost: Will we get to see Sawyer and Juliet go Dutch for coffee?

Check out our video Q&A with them about the series finale of Lost, airing Sunday at 9/8c on ABC:

Lost: Will We Get to See Sawyer and Juliet Go Dutch for Coffee?

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Lost – Elizabeth Mitchell

Ever since the Season 6 premiere of Lost, fans wondered what Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell) meant when she offered a coffee date to Sawyer (Josh Holloway) in which they could go Dutch. With the series coming to an end Sunday, TVGuide.com caught up with Mitchell to find out whether Juliet and Sawyer will be reunited and whether she’s satisfied with the conclusion of her storyline.

Getting Lost: Who is Jack’s baby mama?

TVGuide.com: The perception is that we’re going to see Juliet back having that coffee date with Sawyer. Can we expect any surprises?
Elizabeth Mitchell:
There probably will be surprises. I wouldn’t trust anything one way or another. I was happy to do what they had me do. I had a great time and it’s fun knowing, but there’s so much I don’t know about the finale.

TVGuide.com: Did you know what those lines about going Dutch for coffee meant when you said them in the premiere?
Mitchell:
I did because I thought that was something I should know in the playing of it. I had a feeling that I knew what they were and I was kind of given the go-ahead to do it the way that I thought that it was. So I did have somewhat of an idea, yes. I didn’t go into it blind.

TVGuide.com: Do you feel you’re more knowledgeable about it now?
Mitchell:
Yeah, or maybe about the same. They definitely gave me enough ammunition to do what I needed to do. I feel like I was pretty much right on in the way that I played it. The producers are mischievous, though. [Laughs] Who knows what they’re going to do. Any day now I’m expecting them to call and say they’re not going to use my stuff [for the finale]. I know they filmed things that weren’t there and other things to throw people off. They’re serious about keeping this secret.

Damon Lindelof: Jacob and the Man in Black are not “the epitome of what Lost is”

TVGuide.com: Were you satisfied with the ending they gave to Juliet?
Mitchell:
To a degree. The thing about Juliet is that she was such a complex character and I had so much invested in her story. We could do about six hours and I still wouldn’t feel it was wrapped up. I enjoyed what they had me do. I thought it was authentic.

TVGuide.com: A lot of fans believe that Juliet is Jack’s ex-wife in the sideways universe.
Mitchell:
Oh, that would be pretty cool. We’ll see if everybody is right or not. [Laughs] I really wish I could say.

Lost kills off fan-favorites – what does it mean for the finale?

TVGuide.com: How do you feel coming to the end of Lost?
Mitchell:
It’s funny, it was so strange saying goodbye to everybody. Some people did it in different ways: Some out partying, some people were doing their own thing. I sat really quietly with Evangeline [Lilly] for a little bit, and I sat really quietly with Terry [O’Quinn] and I just thought about how much I really like these people. I remember saying goodbye to the guys when I did my final thing and everyone was saying thank you. It’s got that feeling of “job well done,” where everybody feels like they gave as much as they had to give and felt good about it. It’s a happy goodbye, rather than a “we should’ve done more” goodbye.

Do you think Juliet is Jack’s baby mama?

Getting Lost: Who Is Jack’s Baby Mama?

Lost – Matthew Fox

Let’s hope the series finale of Lost (Sunday at 9/8c) answers this nagging question: Who is the mother of Jack’s son?

Getting Lost: What does the finale hold?

Juliet is the fan favorite to be the baby mama. Though Elizabeth Mitchell tells TVGuide.com that she knows what Juliet’s dying words about “going Dutch” mean, we ponder if they were said to Jack (Matthew Fox) and not Sawyer (Josh Holloway)?

Damon Lindelof: Jacob and the Man in Black are not “the epitome of what Lost is”

Damon Lindelof: Jacob and the Man in Black Are Not “The Epitome of What Lost Is”

Lost

Given all the time Lost has spent lately on Jacob (Mark Pellegrino) and the Man in Black, you might think they’re the key to the show or something.

They’re not.

“It would be mis-categorizing to think this is the epitome of what Lost is,” executive producer Damon Lindelof tells TVGuide.com. “Obviously the island was there before these babies were born, and lots of things were going on before they came there. What those stories are isn’t relevant to the story we told, which is the crash of Oceanic 815 and what the ultimate fates of the survivors are.”

Getting Lost: Who will take Jacob’s place?

Okay, but in that case, why so much attention on the dueling brothers? The penultimate episode, which Lindelof screened last week at an event in Los Angeles, still leaves plenty of questions unanswered going into the 2 ½-hour finale (airing Sunday at 9/8c). Lindelof’s explanation of what to expect echoes a line Jacob delivered to the Man in Black in the Season 5 finale: “It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress.”

“I wish that we could say that the finale is going to be enormously definitive,” Lindelof says. “We found that when we told people that we’ve got definitive answers coming, it’s not as definitive as the fans want it to be, therefore there’s this ongoing and vociferous debate about what things mean.

Lost kills off fan-favorites – what does it mean for the finale?

“All we can say is: Lost is only ending once,” he adds. “There’s only one finale. There’s not a question mark at the end of the end. There’s not a dot, dot, dot. This is our story and it’s over. Hopefully there’s going to be a lot of interpretation in its wake.”

Whatever the ending, Lindelof is grateful to have made it this far, he says.

Catch up on Lost before the series finale by reading our recaps

“This was a pilot where the question asked secondary to ‘What is the monster?’ was ‘How will you sustain this as a TV series?'” he says. “If I had said, ‘We’ll be fine for 120 episodes, and then we’ll end it,’ nobody ever would’ve believed it, including me. I think the show is a blessing and we’re really grateful to be here.”

‘LOST’ finale spoilers teased by executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse

ABC News Photo LOST executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse hint at what answers to popular questions by viewers will be made clearer, ahead of the May 23 finale of the six-season-long mystery series, and give some insight on the newest mysterious character – the Man in Black.

Potential spoilers ahead!

The Man in Black, played by Titus Welliver, was  introduced this season as the brother of the mysterious island “guardian” Jacob. The Man in Black was revealed as a being made of black smoke, nicknamed the Smoke Monster, or “Smokey”, that had appeared throughout the series since it began in 2004.The Man in Black inhabits the bodies of the dead, such as character John Locke, and is violent, but his intentions and his actual name remain a mystery.

In a recent interview with ABC News, including reporter Diane Sawyer, the LOST creators would not reveal the Man in Black’s name or say whether or not fans would find out what it is in the finale, but Lindelof said his anonymity was no coincidence.

“One of the things about him is because he doesn’t look like the Man in Black anymore, people started calling him Locke,” he said.

“He has this affect on the characters – they’re confused. They know that it’s not Locke but they start calling him Locke and he looks like Locke for a reason, as confusing as that sounds. The fact that he doesn’t have a name is part of his ability to confuse and bedazzle the other castaways,” Lindelof said.

Cuse hinted that The Man In Black may be able to take on the forms of more than just humans, adding: “We do know he can do some pretty cool shape-shifting.”

Other mysteries remain and Lindelof said viewers “will get significant illumination on Walt, the explanation behind the polar bears and why women are having fertility issues, before all is said and done. We can’t promise that it’s going to happen on Sunday night but w can promise you will get siginificant illumination on that from the show itself.”

Getting Lost: Finale Super Spoiler

Another Interview with Damon and Carlton – Finale Details

Interview with a Spoiler Source about the Finale

DARKUFO: Do you feel fans should be spoiled for this conclusion/last episode?
SOURCE: I don’t think they should.

DARKUFO Did you enjoy the Season Finale?
SOURCE: Yes I did, very much.

DARKUFO What ranking would you give it for our episode table?
SOURCE 10 out of 10.

DARKUFO What have been your other top episodes of the series and which episode is the finale the most similar to in your opinion?

SOURCE My top five episodes of the series in no particular order are…
Walkabout
Man Of Science Man Of Faith
The Other 48 Days
Through The Looking Glass
316

And I think the finale feels the most like The Incident. And by that I mean on island events with a multi centric alt story in place of the multi centric Jacob visitation scenes in The Incident.

DARKUFO: I myself am really looking forward to how they are going to end the show myself.I’d like to see an ending that leave us not
questioning what we have just seen but more along the lines of looking back over the previous 6 seasons and re-evaluating it. For Reference my Favourite episodes are.

Walkabout
Ab Aeterno
The Other 48 Days
The Man Behind the Curtain
Through The Looking Glass

DARKUFO Without spoiling the details, what parts of the Finale were most satisfying?

SOURCE Geez, I don’t know how to answer that without being too spoilery. All the alt “realization” moments were very satisfying.

Since every finale has a Locke/Jack showdown of sorts this one culminating with a huge cliffside fight didn’t disappoint. I was satisfied with Kate’s romantic choice but I know a good group of people might not be.

DARKUFO Were there any parts that you found disappointing?

SOURCE Not really. I have disappointments with the series as a whole when I think about certain elements that I thought were important and ended up being pointless in retrospect. The story definitely ends, it feels very much complete, but like other fans I got sucked into the online discussion and theories and a lot of things people have read into the show weren’t, or aren’t, really there. Example: There isn’t any Ji Yeon or grown up Aaron. Unless they show up in the last act that no one really knows about besides the actors involved.

DARKUFO How many scenes from your knowledge were missing? IE secret scenes? What makes you think you know what is in the last scene?

SOURCE I don’t know for certain what the last scene is, or how many are in the last act. But my guess is Jacks “realization” moment in the alt. And when you look at how long the scenes are throughout The End when characters in the alt have their “Realization” moments I can safely predict the last act is going to just be that Jack moment.

Maybe there is one last scene that will surprise me. But after seeing the brilliant structure to the stories on this show it would be out of place to show too much of something else.

DARKUFO Which of the mysteries were explained well in the finale? Which ones have been left unanswered or at a loose end?

SOURCE Surprisingly there are more questions. People are still alive in the on island timeline who are also alive in the Alt world. I think they answered the mythology questions before The End starts. The End is character payoff.

DARKUFO Which character came out the best from the Finale?

SOURCE Kate probably just because they really redeemed her character.

DARKUFO Wow, really. Kate gets a pretty bad rep in the comments on our site so that’s going to be interesting to see the reaction after the finale has aired.

DARKUFO Favourite scene of the finale?

SOURCE Locke’s “realization” in the alt.

DARKUFO Saddest Scene of the Finale?

SOURCE Maybe the end just because its over? This episode was full of tear twinging moments but they are the happy variety.

DARKUFO Most shocking scene of the finale

SOURCE When Locke is killed on island. I guessed they would kill the smoke monster but its shocking because of who kills him.

Episode 6.17/18 – The End – ABC Promo 2

Interview with Jack Bender

We’re assuming the Lost finale was not shot chronologically. Can you tell us what to look for on Sunday so we can know when we’re watching what the actual last scene shot was?
I can tell you there was some discussion about what would be the last shot, and I decided that I wanted the last shot to involve Terry O’Quinn and Matthew Fox. And it was not an entirely popular choice on the production end because it meant keeping the actors a little longer and not getting them off of the clock. Blah blah bah. I insisted the last shot of our series was not going to be something arbitrary. In fact, we did three takes of it. And it involved a crane. It was a shot in the picture and it involved a crane with the two of them. We rehearsed it and we did take one and I said, “Well, that was wonderful guys, but I’m not ready to let go yet.” So we did it again and I said, “That was also wonderful, but I can’t say it yet.” And then, on the third take, I said, “Well, I guess I have to say it now — that’s a wrap.” And that was our last shot, at 5:30 in the morning as the sun was coming up.
Source: Full Interview and Vulture Blog

Spoilers from the Times Talks Live: LOST event

– Just got back, not too many spoilers…but Carlton did let out that we will see Walt again before all is said and done.
– they also referenced that one of the final scenes involves a lot of characters and that the very final scene has been known since season 1
– One of the fans in the audience asked if Desmond’s line to Jack in the 2nd season when they first meet in the stadium and Desmond tells Jack “You have to lift it up” would have any relevance to the finale. Damon & Carlton said “you will not be disappointed.”
– The bigger one, though, was confirmation that we will see Walt in the finale. Yes, Walt.
– Eloise’s knowledge is relevant for the finale.
– Walt will be back in some form.
– Damon would not directly address why Smokey was pulling Locke down that hole in the S1 finale, so that could be relevant. Same with whether or not Jacob is actually good, and whether or not there’s anything worth protecting down in the Light Cave.
– There will be a Star Wars reference in the first 7 minutes of the finale.
– Hurley was involved in the final scene (we knew this already).
– A clip was shown, pretty much an extended version of the Sawyer/Ben/Flocke one posted here. Sawyer tells Locke that he thinks Desmond is needed for destroying the Island, Locke says yes. Sawyer then takes Ben’s gun, punches him, and walks away while saying that the group he’s a part of “aren’t candidates anymore”. Locke then remarks that the Island will be at the bottom of the ocean when he’s done with it, prompting Ben to question his loyalty (Ben was promised the Island in return for his help, and assumed that its destruction was figurative and not literal). Locke then invited him to join him on his boat as he watches the Island sink. He kneels down to the ground near the well and notices pawprints.
He realizes that a dog had been there.
– Also, mirrors are very relevant.
– When Ben asks why Flocke isn’t running to chase him down Flocke explains that he intends to use Desmond to destroy the Island. Naturally Ben isn’t too pleased.
– The extended clip ends with Flocke examining the ground near the well and stating that a dog had been there.
– Widmore was lying when he said Jacob visited him
Source: Various@DarkUFO

Latest Tidbit About Finale via EW – May 19th

Question: One final Lost scoop before Sunday. It’s my last chance!
Ausiello: You know that big gathering in the sideways world that everyone was heading off to at the end of Tuesday’s ep? Rumor has it something very *a* happens.
Source: EW

LOST Retrospective – LOST cast says Goodbye

Latest from Fancast – May 18th

Don’t give anything specific away, but is this week’s ‘Lost’ a spectacular episode with lots of questions answered, or is it just so-so? – Steven via Facebook
Spectacular is a strong word (and one typically associated with Teri Hatcher’s… comedy chops), but yeah, ‘What They Died For” is very solid. Among other things, it features, like, the best campfire story ever, a reveal about someone we thought wasn’t a candidate, and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ finale-levels of bloodshed. There’s also a significant development regarding Jacob’s successor.

Will we see Rose and Bernard one more time before ‘Lost’ ends? – James
Yes, in Sunday’s series finale. And when the marrieds resurface, they’re still wielding a “Don’t harsh my mellow” ‘tude as their idyllic existence is rudely intruded upon (and then some). L. Scott Caldwell, who plays Rose, told me she herself isn’t fond of Rose’s lack of hospitality, seeing as the fans had come to regard the character as “quite peaceful.” So in her mind, R&B “were probably eating wild mushrooms or something else that changed their attitude!”

So, Juliet/Sawyer – happily ever after? Yes? – Ryan
Interpret Josh Holloway’s assessment of Sunday’s two-and-a-half hour series finale as you wish: “[It’s] un-freakin’-believable… Everything I hoped it would do, it did.”
Source: Fancast

New TV Guide Scans

Nestor Carbonell and Henry Ian Cusick tease the end of ‘Lost’

Henry Ian Cusick and Nestor Carbonell were never going to tell a table of reporters anything about the ending of “Lost,” but in Carbonell’s case, he has a good excuse: He doesn’t know.

The show’s stars, including Cusick and Carbonell were given scripts containing 10 of 11 actors. Cusick received the 11th act, but Carbonell did not. [Yes, that’s probably a spoiler regarding the presence, or lack thereof, of Desmond and Richard Alpert in the last act of “Lost.” Perhaps. Or maybe not.]

“I never got the last act and I didn’t ask for it after because I just really want to watch it with America how it ends,” Carbonell explained at a Saturday (May 15) press day for many of the shows in the Disney-ABC empire. “I want to be surprised. I was happy with how they specifically with my character and with what I read about they resolved a lot of the dynamics of the characters. They did an amazing job and I’m looking forward to the final resolution.”

Actually, there’s some confusion as to whether or not Cusick does, in fact, know how “Lost” ends.

“I think in act 11 there is a secret scene that no one got,” Cusick says. “Only the people who are in it, but nobody knows. Everyone is keeping very quiet about it.”

That’s pretty ambiguous, right?

Asking Cusick and Carbonell whether the finale will please “Lost” fans earned similarly ambiguous responses.

“What’s great about the show is that there are so many talking points,” Cusick says. “There are so many walks of life getting together to talk about the show and so many issues to be brought up and that’s exactly what the ending will bring up. People will be talking about it for weeks afterwards and that’s what the show has always done”

Adds Carbonell, “I think that’s a really good point. It has people talking about Biblical themes, mythological themes and literature, science verses religion. The big questions in life — incredible questions. At the heart of the show are these characters that they created, these really complex characters layered with so much misbehavior. No one is completely good and no one is completely evil. They are just well drawn out characters and that’s the heart of the show. I think the finale, without giving anything away, will bring some resolution to a lot of the dynamics between those characters and relationships”

Source: Full Interview @ Hitfix

Lost

“Ghost Whisperer Season/Series Finale Recap: 5.22 “The Children’s Parade”

‘Ghost Whisperer’ – ‘The Children’s Parade’ Recap (Series Finale)

Ghost Whisperer(S05E22) “Melinda is not here.” – Melinda to Delia

The fact I had to write “series finale” in the title of this post is scarier than the series finale itself. This season has been one of the darkest for the show and the bad guys of the season, the Shadows, seemed to be the ultimate evil. Therefore, I expected a rather dark episode that would contain one hell of a showdown to send the Shadows away.

Instead, we were treated to a way too quick and far from epic face off between the Shinies and the Shadows. What a let down! The upside of the episode? We got closure, which I didn’t expect since I thought the series Powers That Be learned too late that the show was getting canceled.

The “Melinda is not here” line we’ve seen in the teasers had me expect an action packed episode. Yes, there was action but it fell flat due to how quickly the Shinies destroyed the Shadows. The latter have been a great foe all season long. Even in this week’s episode, they showed how powerful and twisted they are when they took charge of Eli but, more importantly, of Melinda. “Melinda is not here” was scary, no?

I didn’t except the Shinies, children who crossed over, to use force and weapons to battle off the Shadows. After all, the Shinies are peaceful children. However, I expected the Shadows, who are extremely powerful evils, to fight back at least for a minute or two even if they were outnumbered. The Shadows have been fierce and twisted all season and never backed down, why now? Instead, the Shadows were quickly destroyed in thousand of pieces and went away. The End.

Another tiny letdown was that Bedford was nowhere to be seen. The Shadows used him to do their evil doings for months and now that they have to face off their sworn enemies he is not there? It would have been nice to get a quick shootout to know that Bedford was alright in the end. Maybe have him be in the town square watching the faceoff and, when the Shadows were destroyed, have him see the light and cross over to join his mother.

That said, there are some things I enjoyed about this finale. First is the fact that Aiden didn’t let go of his gift even if Melinda and Jim tried to convince him that ghosts did not exist. As Melinda and Jim told him at the end, Aiden’s gift makes him special and should be respected and used to do good. Secondly, Jim, Melinda and Aiden have a happy ending where they bond together and agree to support one another and not keep their gifts a secret to them. Together, they’ll be quite the team to help souls cross over. Of course, they will not be alone as Delia, Ned and Eli will surely still be around to help.

When CBS announced earlier this week that it was canceling the series, I expected the series finale to be filled with cliffhangers since it had been shot weeks ago with no time to wrap things up properly. I was pleasantly surprised that we got a happy ending and no cliffhangers. It does look like the shows’ Powers That Be sensed that they may get canceled and decided to offer fans some closure. Thank you.

‘Ghost Whisperer’s’ fans, there is still hope that our favorite ghostly show will not have to cross over as ABC is pondering picking up the series. If ABC decides not to pick it up, at least we got closure and all the characters are alive and well.

Grey’s Anatomy Season 7 Spoilers! Meredith’s Quest for a Baby, A Couple Marries!

Grey’s Anatomy Season 7 Spoilers: Who Gets Married?!

Source: TV Fanatic

After a harrowing sixth season finale in May, the Seattle Grace-Mercy West Hospital doctors are healthy and happy once again … or at least on the road to recovery.

Some of the surgeons we love will have a more difficult time moving forward than others, and each doctor will grieve in his or her own way. What can we expect?

Here’s what TV Guide has to say about how the trauma of the shooting impacts Derek in particular, a new love for Teddy and a marriage in the Season 7 opener.

Who do you think it is? Read on and share your thoughts …

Derek steps down: In the season premiere, scenes flash back to post-trauma therapy sessions a few weeks after the shootings, then jump ahead two months.

Richard and Der

Derek’s tenure as Interim Chief of Surgery is coming to a voluntary end.

Derek is released from the hospital, still unaware of Meredith’s pregnancy and miscarriage. “I think he’ll be devastated,” says Patrick Dempsey. “Seeing how quick life can be, I think they’ll want to have a child even more. Why not create a life before you lose your own?”

To that end, Derek calls a staff meeting to announce he never enjoyed being chief and is returning the reins to Dr. Webber. “He’s in mourning over the loss of the staffers [in the shooting] and feels responsible, which is why he steps down,” adds Patrick.

“It’s much better having the dynamic the way it was.”

Teddy’s new love: With the love triangle over, Teddy won’t waste any time cuddling up to the new trauma counselor, Dr. Andrew Perkins (James Tupper).

“I make out with him in Episode 1,” Kim Raver reveals proudly. “It was just like it was with Kiefer [Sutherland] on 24, where we met and had to kiss. Teddy’s going to wonder if she’s feeling so good in the relationship just because he’s a therapist.”

I do: One of the couples below says it. Read on and guess which!

Callie and Arizona? “The relationship takes the steps you take as you get deeper involved with someone,” hints Sara Ramirez. “But Callie’s been married, so that could pose an issue.” Adds Jessica Capshaw: “I don’t see Arizona entering into anything that’s not ironclad.”

Alex and Lexie? Lexie suffered a breakdown and Meredith is helping her cope. Alex opted to keep his near-fatal bullet inside his chest “to show off to the girls like a third nipple,” says Justin Chambers (Alex). They hardly seem like a couple ready for marriage, though Justin says Alex would marry Lexie if he “knocked her up.” Romantic!

Owen and Cristina? “They definitely take it to the next level,” says Kevin McKidd. “The wedding could easily be them.” But Cristina will be dealing with some post-traumatic stress of her own. “They’ve been through a huge amount in two seasons,” notes Kevin, “and I think that Cristina felt burned by her last wedding [to Burke].”

Final hint (although it’s not really a hint): Look for at least 1-2 of the parents of the betrothed to turn up for the nuptials. Thoughts on who might be tying the knot? Share your theories on that topic and all things Grey’s Anatomy by leaving comments below!

McDreamy Still Shaken Up on Grey’s Anatomy

Source: TV Fanatic

It looks like the aftermath of the tragic, stunning sixth season finale will not blow over quickly on Grey’s Anatomy. The doctors will understandably be affected in many ways.

Here’s how one major figure will be effected, according to EW’s Michael Ausiello:

“Even though nearly two months will have passed since the shooting rampage, Derek will still be in pretty bad shape when the season starts. And I’m not talking physically.”

Two months later and he’s still having a hard time? It’s not hard to believe, but still sad for Derek. Will he be sitting down with the new shrink? Might be a good idea.

First, it sounds like he’ll have to come up with bail money, however.

A D-Shep Photo

[Photo: ABC]

Looks like troubled times ahead for McDreamy.

Ausiello continues: “A major character will be sent directly to jail by the end of the episode. Hint: This person has already been name-checked in this week’s [column].”

What do you think happens with Derek? Will he be able to bounce back from the events of that tragic day – and how will Meredith’s other tragic news play into this?

Grey’s Anatomy – Episode 7.02 – Episode Details

Mitch – Scene 1: Kerry is being examined by Dr. Howard, Mitch shows up and is all hyped up on survival drama. He tells Kerry they could have died, the crash was like a one-in-a-million shot and he’s going to take one too so he says ILY to Kerry and if they pull through this he’ll love her forever. Scene 2: In the ER, Dr. Frank treats Warren and Mitch is sitting in the next bed. Mitch tells Warren he tried telling Kerry he loves her but her ears were messed up. Warren looks at him shocked and horrified, gets up dragging his IV pole and says he’s got to tell Kerry [he loves her]. Mitch protests saying Kerry is his but Warren says he’s been working up to this for a year. Scene 3: Mitch is sitting by Kerry’s bedside. She asks him how Warren is doing, Mitch says Warren is bald. Kerry says she knows that and that Mitch doesn’t really love her, he only thinks he does. She starts crying and Mitch apologizes, says Warren is a good guy and could probably get a hairpiece.

Russ – Scene 1: Dr. Howard cuts off Russ’ shirt. He has massive black bruises on his sides and back. He can’t feel his arm but since being at the hospital he started moving his fingertips. Dr. Howard says it’s probably transitory paralysis and his arm should be back to normal in a couple of hours. Russ asks about Kerry and pleads for someone to check on her for him. Scene 2: Dr. Howard treats Warren. Russ sits in a chair near Warren and Mitch is in the next bed. Mitch says he’s going to tell Kerry he loves her, Warren says ‘no’ and gets up heading to the door. Russ tells them to leave Kerry alone, she could have died and she’s his. Scene 3: Russ and Mitch sit by Kerry’s bedside and she’s asking about Warren. Russ asks her if she loves Warren, Mitch says that Warren is bald and Kerry starts crying. Russ turns to Mitch and says “Nice. You made her cry.”

Warren – Scene 1: Dr. Howard is treating Warren. He says he’s feeling queasy, Dr. Howard says he has a bit of a fever and got hit the hardest so that must be why. Warren feels like it’s his fault everyone else got hurt, Dr. Howard says it isn’t. Warren asks if Kerry is OK and Dr. H says that Kerry wanted to know the same thing about him. Warren asks if she wanted to know about him specifically and what she said. Mitch, who is sitting in the next bed, says he tried to tell Kerry he loves her. Warren is horrified and shocked, jumps out of bed dragging his IV stand towards Kerry saying he has got to tell her. Mitch says Kerry is his but Warren says no, he’s been working up to this for a year. Mitch pushes past and it’s a race. Scene 2: Dr. Howard checks on Warren who is sweaty, pale, on oxygen and drugged for pain. Warren asks Dr. Howard to tell Kerry he’s sorry for tackling her instead of grabbing her flag, that she’s the funniest and sweetest and pleads for Dr. H to make sure Kerry is ok. Scene 3: Kerry is in bed and Dr. Howard wheels Warren in. Warren says he was told he slammed her really hard on the field. Kerry says she’s fine, it’s football and accidents happen. Warren says he’s sorry. Kerry says she isn’t, she loves him and has been in love with him forever. Warren takes that in, he’s stunned and asks Dr. Howard to push him a little closer. Dr. H pushes Warren right up next to Kerry and they kiss

Source: Crystelle from TWoP

TV Guide – Shonda Rhimes: Grey’s Anatomy Docs All Grown Up in New Season

Normally, people who finish med school and save other peoples’ lives for a living are considered adults — that is, unless they’re Doogie Houser. Or on Grey’s Anatomy. After six seasons, the show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, says her characters are finally becoming adults — and that their problems will only get more grown-up.

TVGuide.com: What can you tell us about the upcoming season of Grey’s Anatomy?Rhimes: With both Grey’s and Private Practice, we’ve got two really exciting seasons coming up. It’s been really fun to sit down and plan them. Our characters are growing up on Grey’s. They’re really adults now and that’s been a real challenge, in how to let them be grownups and figure out what that means for them.

TVGuide.com: Meredith’s miscarriage in the finale was heartbreaking. Now that she knows she wants to have a baby, will that be a focus for her this season?
Rhimes: It’s possible. The theme for the entire season of Grey’s this year is rebirth, so extrapolate from there.

TVGuide.com: James Tupper is coming in as a trauma counselor for the first three episodes. Are there any characters in particular taking it harder than others?
Rhimes: I think they’re all taking it pretty hard in their own individual ways. We talked about it a lot, and the fact that there’s this group of people that’s been extraordinarily damaged by this experience. That’s what’s going to be carrying them forward, and it will change how they view their jobs, view themselves and view their relationships with one another. A lot of them were about to die. I think they’re all fairly damaged and trying to recover.

TVGuide.com: Do you look at Lexie (Chyler Leigh) as the next Grey of Grey’s Anatomy?
Rhimes: I have to be honest, I’m not really thinking of it that way. I don’t think that’s a conscious thought on my part, that we’re trying to feed a new Grey of Grey’s Anatomy. We have Meredith Grey, she is here and won’t be going anywhere for the next two seasons. I haven’t really been thinking about filling the shoes of somebody who’s sitting right in front of me.

TVGuide.com: The Lexie, Mark (Eric Dane) and Alex (Justin Chambers) love triangle definitely got complicated. What’s ahead for them?
Rhimes: A lot of people like to see a lot of people with Mark. I get a lot of mail about why Callie [Sara Ramirez] isn’t with Mark, why Addison [Kate Walsh] isn’t with Mark. Mark is a very juicy, interesting character and we’re going to try to explore what happens next for both of those characters in a really interesting and, hopefully, a very non-predictable way.

TVGuide.com: After making sacrifices for each other in the finale, will we see a happy Callie and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) in the new season?
Rhimes: Callie and Arizona are going to be together; I don’t know if happy is the right word. We’re going to see them struggle with their relationship, where it’s going and what that means for them. The reality of the situation is that they are two people who are trying to settle down together and figure out what that means. That’s going to be really interesting to watch unfold.

Source: TV Guide

Grey’s Anatomy Sets Return Date – But There’s a Twist! // <![CDATA[//

‘Grey’s Anatomy‘ will launch its seventh season on Thursday, September 23, a source tells Fancast, effectively confirming that which was disseminated over the weekend via Twitter.

Ah, but there’s a twist. Whereas in recent years the show has kicked off with a two-part, two-hour opener, I am hearing that that as of right now, the plan is for Season 7 to opt for traditional, hour-long premiere.

Last season’s opener, after all, had much territory to cover, what with George tragically dying and Izzie almost checkout out as well. Here, you can watch Part 1 (”Good Mourning”) and Part 2 (”Goodbye”).

When Season 7 starts up, however, the aftermath isn’t quite so immediate. Last we tuned in, a gunman had terrorized the halls of Seattle Grace, shedding much blood and leaving several dead (RIP, Reed). The shooter ultimately met his own grisly fate, but not before shaking up the docs we know so well.

As such, some of the questions going into September 23 are:

* How have Meredith and Derek bounced back from her miscarrying the little life that was inside of her for so sadly short a time?

* Where do things stand between Cristina and Owen? Yang entered the Season 6 finale not knowing where her man stood, only to see him pronounce her “the woman I love” during a harrowing moment. Has Hunt been backing up his words with actions? Is Teddy once and for all surgically excised from the mix?

* Lexie, poor Lexie: Has she given Alex the hook, seeing as his thoughts were all about Izzie as his life hung in the balance in the finale? Do she and Mark – who impetuously popped the question the week before the gunman crisis – have any chance at a second chance?

* Is Callie truly at peace with the notion of her and Callie mothering “10 babies on a beach in Spain”?

* Where stands Bailey’s nascent romance with gasman Ben – if only since Jason George is now shooting the Shonda Rhimes-produced midseason series, ‘Off The Map’?

* Was Webber empowered by his bit of bravado, where he stared down the shooter? Did that defining moment solidify his seat “on the wagon”?

* Now that Jesse Williams and Sarah Drew have been promoted to series regulars, how will Jackson and April fit into the SGH tapestry? Are their respective crushes (Cristina, Derek) behind them… or might there be unfinished business?

Source: Fancast

Grey’s Anatomy – Season premiere title // <![CDATA[//

“With You I’m Born Again.”

What does it mean? Make a mad dash for the comments and start deciphering it. (BTW, the new season kicks off Sept. 23.)

Source: EW

Grey’s Anatomy – James Tupper Checks In! // <![CDATA[//

The traumatized female staffers at Seattle Grace are about to find the silver lining in last May’s deadly hostage standoff: The shoulder they’ll be crying on belongs to James Tupper.
Sources confirm to me exclusively that the ex-Mercy doc (and Men In Trees hunk) is joining Grey’s Anatomy in the recurring role of Andrew Perkins, a trauma counselor brought in to help Seattle Grace recover from that nightmarish season-ending bloodbath.
Tupper is on board for at least two episodes.
Grey’s kicks off its seventh season on Sept. 23 with an episode titled, “With You I’m Born Again.”
Source : Ausiello

Grey’s Anatomy – A New Doc Check In // <![CDATA[//

If the scrubs fit, why ditch ’em?
Fresh off his stint as short-lived Mercy’s army doc, ABC confirms reports that James Tupper has transferred hospitals, joining the ranks of Grey’s Anatomy.
And here’s what brings Anne Heche’s loverboy to the Seattle Grace Mercy West scene (whew—mouthful!):
Thanks to EW.com’s clever sleuthing, ABC tells us James checks into Grey’s as Andrew Perkins, a trauma counselor brought in to aid the staff in the aftermath of last season finale’s bloody hospital shoot-out.
Hence the name McTreaty—like a therapist. You get it, right?!
Sadly, James is only set to appear in two episodes of Grey’s Anatomy’s seventh season, but fingers crossed for more. We love us some Tupper.
Thoughts on this casting scoop? Fill us in below.
Source: E!Online

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Exclusive: James Tupper checks in!

James-Tupper-Mercy

Image Credit: Andrew Eccles/NBC

The traumatized staffers at Seattle Grace are about to find the silver lining in May’s deadly hostage standoff: The shoulder they’ll be crying on belongs to James Tupper.

Sources confirm to me exclusively that the ex-Mercy doc (and Men in Trees hunk) is joining Grey’s Anatomy in the recurring role of Andrew Perkins, a trauma counselor brought in to help Seattle Grace recover from that nightmarish season-ending bloodbath.

Tupper is on board for at least two episodes.

Grey’s kicks off its seventh season on Sept. 23 with an episode titled “With You I’m Born Again.”

‘Grey’s’ doc Chandra Wilson reflects on harrowing finale and her most feared plot (hint: R.I.P. Bailey)

greys-anatomy-wilson_320.jpg Image Credit: Danny Feld/ABC Today’s deadline day for Emmy voters to turn in their ballots, and based on her gut-wrenching performance in last month’s Grey’s Anatomy finale, I’m guessing Chandra Wilson’s name will be checked off a lot in the supporting actress race. As Bailey helplessly looked on as fellow doc Percy’s life slipped away, her breakdown was as shocking as it was haunting. In this exclusive interview, the four-time Emmy nominee reflects on what it was like shooting the nerve-wracking episode, speculates on the fallout for her character, and opens up about the one Grey’s storyline she hopes never happens.

How did you prepare for the freak-out scene?

CHANDRA WILSON: My goodness. It was actually one of those things where the situation was so incredibly sad. Pounding on things and lashing out — all of that stuff is very much against my personality. So just being in that position — the richness of where the characters were — was all I needed.

Did it leave you emotionally drained?

WILSON: Actually, I was really energized after that. I just felt like everything was in the right place. We were doing exactly what we needed to be doing at that point in time. Everything led up to that — and then there was still work to do afterwards. When you have that feeling that you’re in the right place it gives you energy as an actor. It would’ve been more draining if I had been pulling from something personal, pulling from my childhood. But because it was what was happening in the show it made it okay.

How do you think this experience will change Bailey?

WILSON: I was asking that same question: “Where does she go?” I think George’s death last year stunned her in a way that she had to decide to keep functioning and try not to get emotional or emotionally involved with her co-workers. But for me, the image that never went away was that the barrel of the gun was in her face. Normally if there’s blood and someone is shot you go into doctor-mode. But she could never get the image of that gun out of her head long enough to do her Dr. Bailey thing. It’ll be interesting to see if that kind of fear still lives with her or comes back to revisit.

Shonda Rhimes originally planned to have Bailey get shot, but she couldn’t go through with it.

WILSON: I heard about that after the fact and I was like, “Wow.” [Laughs] I don’t know what that would’ve been like to get hurt — for Bailey or for me. Because just looking at the barrel of the gun was too much for me.

Your onscreen love interest, Jason George, is starring in Rhimes’ new medical drama Off the Map, which probably means no happy ending for Bailey and Ben. Are you disappointed?

WILSON: I honestly don’t know what that means. I don’t know what’s going to happen to that relationship. There could be some happy ending that we don’t know anything about. [Map] is a midseason show, so there will be [some time] for him to [work on Grey’s].

Was it fun to play a flirtatious, sexual Bailey?

WILSON: It was certainly out of Bailey’s comfort zone. And for me as an actor it was scary to step outside of what you’re used to and try something new.

What are you doing over your hiatus?

WILSON: I’m actually having a hiatus. [Laughs] I forget to do that sometimes. So this year I said I wasn’t going to worry about whether they ask me back next season. I’m just going to sit down and take a break. I’m going to be a mom and go to a PTA meeting — all the things that I, unfortunately, miss out on during a year.

Did you receive your official pickup letter from ABC?

WILSON: I did. I finally received it last week. I was like, “That took long enough!” [Laughs]

Did you really have anxiety about that?

WILSON: It’s not even anxiety. It’s just the reality of what we do. I never get so comfortable that I ever forget that. What we do as actors is really about decisions that get made in rooms with desks. And people change their minds all the time about things. Or get brilliant ideas like, “Hey, I think Bailey should die this year! It’ll be a 10-part arc and everybody will cry!” [Laughs] You have no control over that as an actor. So you make the most of it and you learn as much as you can.

We hear so much about actors wanting to leave Grey’s. It’s refreshing to hear from someone who actually wants to stay.

WILSON: I don’t understand it at all. [Laughs] It’s a little cliché to say this, but a job like this is difficult to come by. And there’s always something else to learn.

I am so confused about ‘Grey’s Anatomy’s Meredith and Derek. I thought that they did not get married, but only pretended to on a Post-It note. Yet everyone references them as man and wife. Are they really married, and if so when did that happen?

Trust your instincts: Mer/Der are not legally married. And a formal wedding ‘tween the two is likely never to be seen. “I get why the fans want it; I’d probably want it too if I was just watching,” show boss Shonda Rhimes told EW.com. “But I literally feel sick every time I think about Meredith in a big white poufy dress.”

Grey’s Anatomy – Interview with Sarah Drew

News that Grey’s Anatomy has promoted Jesse Williams (Jackson) and Sarah Drew (April) to full-time series regulars next season has elicited mixed reactions from viewers. Yay for Jackson—but not so much for his Mercy West cohort, who hasn’t exactly endeared herself to viewers. The fact that she nearly got Derek killed in last month’s harrowing hostage-themed finale certainly didn’t help. Among April’s biggest critics: Drew herself! In the following Q&A, the beloved Everwood alum weighs in on her polarizing alter ego, discusses the possibility of an April/Derek/Mer triangle, and reflects on her roller-coaster year.

Series creator Shonda Rhimes said she felt like April became “part of the tribe” in the finale. Did you feel the same way when you shot the episode?

SARAH DREW: I definitely had that feeling. April has been kind of annoying this past season. [Laughs] Just neurotic and really insecure, and this was the first time she was able to band together — both with Cristina and Meredith — to help solve a [crisis]. Most of my stuff before was with Patrick [Dempsey] and fawning over him awkwardly. So this was the first opportunity to actually bond in a positive way with them. They say tragedy brings people together, so I guess that’s what happened.

Fans have a love-hate thing going on with April. And it’s probably fair to say it became all hate when she nearly got McDreamy killed.

DREW: When we read that at the table read, I was like, “Oh, come on, guys, really? They already hate my character, now they’re going to hate her even more!” [Laughs]

Do you think she can be redeemed?

DREW: Lord, I hope so. [Laughs] I think [the heart-to-heart April had with Mer in the finale] was a gigantic step forward. The thing that’s fun about April is she creates controversy and that’s interesting to watch, even though people hate her for it. The people pleaser that I am, I always want everyone to like me and like my character, so it’s hard for me as an actress. But I think as a character she’s interesting, because she stirs stuff up between Meredith and Derek.

Do you think she will continue to stir stuff up between them?

DREW: This is nothing but my own speculation, but I don’t think that she’s going to come between Meredith and Derek. I don’t see it happening after everything that transpired in the finale. After her hearing how much Meredith is in love with Derek. After she witnessed the miscarriage. It just feels like April’s going to move on.

What has this past year been like for you? First you were hired, then you left, then you were rehired…

DREW: I definitely did my fair share of sweating in the past year. It’s all been really good news, though. Shonda wrote April for me because I’ve worked with her twice before. I walked into this role knowing it was only two episodes. I knew my character was going to be fired, so I wasn’t expecting anything beyond those two episodes. And then they called me the morning after the “firing episode” aired to check my availability and talk about a contract, and I was just floored. It was wonderful because when I came back to work I had so much support. A lot of the cast members were like, “We were rallying for you to stay. We’re so glad you’re back.” It was a wonderful surprise to move past those two episodes.

Source : Ausiello

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ exclusive: Jesse Williams gets full-time upgrade

Jesse-WilliamsImage Credit: Adam Larkey/ABCMcPrettyEyes is looking at a long-term future at Seattle Grace.

Sources confirm to me exclusively that Grey’s Anatomy has officially upgraded Jesse Williams to a full-time series regular. His promotion kicks in this fall with the start of season 7.

Williams, who joined Grey’s last October as part of the polarizing Mercy West merger plot, was quickly pegged as the Invader Most Likely to See Another Season. Those hypnotic baby blues certainly didn’t hurt.

In my exclusive Q&A with Shonda Rhimes last month, the Grey’s boss all but confirmed that Williams — as well as fellow rookie Sarah Drew — would be back next fall. “April and Jackson have really been folded into the group,” she told me. “It’ll depend on what the studio and the network decide to do with those actors, but I fully advocate to have them [stick around].”

I’m told Drew’s deal for next season is still being worked on, so stay tuned.

Exclusive: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ boss answers your burning season finale questions

Meredith-greys-anatomyImage Credit: Scott Garfield/ABCSPOILER ALERT: If you have yet to watch last night’s Grey’s Anatomy finale, stop reading now. I repeat, if you have yet to watch last night’s Grey’s Anatomy finale, stop reading now. For the last time, if you have yet to watch last night’s Grey’s Anatomy, stop reading now. Everyone else, onward and downward…

Say what you will about Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes (Baby killer! McDreamy shooter! Nightmare inflictor!), but the woman knows how to write a finale. Last night’s season 6 climax — in which a crazed gunman terrorized Seattle Grace for the better part of two hours — had 15 million viewers (yours truly among them) biting their nails down to nubs while convulsing on the edge of their seats. When the dust settled, there were two significant deaths, one tragic miscarriage, and roughly 100 nagging questions. In this exclusive interview, Rhimes tackles the 20 most popular.

So what have the last 18 hours been like for you? I know you were nervous about this episode.

SHONDA RHIMES: I was. I was very nervous because I felt like what was coming wasn’t territory that we’d ever covered before, and I didn’t know how the audience was going to take it. I feel like I got a lot of really good responses from it, and I feel like it was an emotional ride for everybody. I wanted it to feel a little bit like a stand-alone movie, and I think it did.

One of the most controversial aspects of the finale was Meredith’s miscarriage. Did you ever consider a different outcome?

RHIMES: If she didn’t have the miscarriage, she wouldn’t have been pregnant at the beginning of the episode.

So the pregnancy was all about the miscarriage?

RHIMES: It wasn’t necessarily all about the [miscarriage], but it was about Meredith Grey being truly happy. And for me, when you’re watching that storyline, when Meredith is having a miscarriage and she basically says, “I’m having a miscarriage. I need Lidocaine. Are you going to help me or not?,” you realize how incredibly strong she is and how badass she’s being in that moment. To me, that’s the hero moment. If you don’t have that moment you don’t really have the story of Meredith Grey.

At the end of the episode, she throws her positive pregnancy test in the trash. What did that symbolize?

RHIMES: The death of the exciting dream that she had been holding on to all day… I feel like you don’t ever know how much you want something until its been taken away from you. Meredith figured out in this episode how much she wanted to be with Derek, how much she wanted to be his wife, and how much she wanted to have his children.

You once said Mer and Der would never have children. Have you changed your mind about that?

RHIMES: [Long pause] Yes. I’ve written my way out of that I think.

So there may still be a baby in their future?

RHIMES: Definitely. For me, this is the beginning of the baby story.

I’m curious about the decision to end the episode with just Meredith, as opposed to Meredith at Derek’s bedside.

RHIMES: The [episode] was not about aftermath. And to me, to see Meredith and Derek happy with everything and fine was a scene of aftermath.

Will the season premiere be about the immediate aftermath?

RHIMES: I don’t know.

So you haven’t decided whether there will be a time jump?

RHIMES: We’ve talked about it. We’ve talked about it endlessly. We’ve come up with 40 thousand different scenarios. The truth is, I’m exhausted. We just finished season 6. I don’t even want to think about season 7.

How does Meredith not revert back to dark and twisty Meredith after all of this?

RHIMES: I don’t know how she doesn’t, but she doesn’t. I think in a lot of ways Meredith has become the mother of the group. I don’t think there’s a lot of room for dark and twisty when everybody’s been affected. We joke a lot in the writers’ room that because Meredith’s childhood was so damaging, in a way, she’s better equipped to handle this stuff than anybody else.

How did you arrive at the decision to kill off Reed and Charles?

RHIMES: It was both really easy and really hard. We’ve been layering in these people all season, and I wanted you to feel comfortable with them and their personalities. I also really wanted [to lose] people who we barely knew. It’s sort of like what Charles says to Bailey: “I know you really didn’t like me.” And Bailey says, “Oh, I liked you.” And then he’s gone. By the time we fell in love with him, he was gone.

Did you ever think, In order to do this story justice, I need to kill off a major character?

RHIMES: No, because — and I said this before the episode ever aired — this was not about who lived and who died. To me, it was about what was gained and what was lost. The real death of the episode is the miscarriage.

Had Katherine Heigl not left the show, what role would Izzie have played in the finale? Would she have been killed?

RHIMES: I have no idea.

Really?

RHIMES: Really.

Talk to me about the decision to have Alex call out for Izzie after he was shot.

RHIMES: I really wanted to find a way to deal with how much Alex is missing Izzie. And it felt really poignant to me that if he was lying on a table dying he’d be calling for her.

Lexie confessed her love for Alex, but some fans aren’t buying it. She didn’t really make a decision between Alex and Mark in that moment, did she?

RHIMES: I don’t think she could have possibly made a decision in that moment. The thing I think is interesting is that Alex definitely made his decision. So I don’t necessarily know that there’s a triangle there. When Alex called for Izzie — when in your hour of need you’re calling for another woman — I think he made his decision. So I don’t think there’s a triangle.

In other words, hope is very much alive for Mark and Lexie?

RHIMES: Yes, there’s definitely hope.

Let’s shift gears to the actual crisis itself. I get that there’s a certain suspension of disbelief that comes with stories like this. But I don’t get why the SWAT team didn’t take the gunman out after they shot him the first time. It looked like they easily could have gotten a second shot in there.

RHIMES: They didn’t have a clear shot of him again.

But he was just laying there on the floor.

RHIMES: But Lexie was in between them. And then she got up and was still in between them. And she’s running away and he’s running away at the same time. So I don’t see that they could have gotten a clear shot.

Fans are joking that Seattle has the worst SWAT team in the country.

RHIMES: That’s a shame because we have these super awesome SWAT guys who talked us through everything. And we had a meeting in which I said, “Seriously, it would be five guys in a group searching [the entire] hospital? That sounds crazy to me.” And they said that’s how it works. And for me, it made it so much more horrible because that hospital is enormous. And the idea that just five guys are going to save them is ridiculous on so many levels, and yet, that’s how it works. When you’re looking for a shooter, you don’t have a bunch of people all spread out apparently.

Jessica Capshaw is pregnant in real life. Arizona decides at the end of the episode that she wants to have kids with Callie. Is there a connection there?

RHIMES: No — although I love that Jessica is pregnant. I feel like every year we have to have somebody on the show who’s pregnant and we have to hide the pregnancy. It’s what we do now.

So the pregnancy won’t be written into the storyline?

RHIMES: Nope.

Where was Bailey’s beau Ben in this episode?

RHIMES: Ben was not working that day. There was a great debate in the writers’ room that we should have Bailey say something about Ben not working. And I felt like, no, we only see Ben sporadically as it is. He’s not at work that day. And I didn’t want to spend time — because we have so little of it and I had to leave 18 minutes on the cutting room floor —  chatting about where Ben was. I felt like you knew Ben wasn’t there because you didn’t see him there. [But] I think there’s going to [fallout] about that later.

So we’ll see some resolution there — even though Jason George (Ben) is on your new show, Off the Map?

RHIMES: I hope so.

You mentioned in your blog post about the finale that April and Jackson are “part of the tribe now.” What did you mean exactly?

RHIMES: For the purpose of story — because I don’t write things thinking, What are the business decisions going on in the background — April and Jackson have really been folded into the group.

I understand no official decision has been made about Sarah Drew and Jesse Williams becoming series regulars next season, but, at this point, can any argument be made against it happening?

RHIMES: I don’t have one. Do you?

I don’t.

RHIMES: I don’t have one either.

Creatively, do you want them to stick around?

RHIMES: I do. It’ll depend on what the studio and the network decide to do with those actors, but I fully advocate to have them.

Kim Raver has already been upgraded to a series regular, but some are questioning Teddy’s future now that Owen has chosen Cristina.

RHIMES: This whole idea that Teddy only exists [as part of a triangle is ludicrous]. Teddy is Cristina’s teacher. Derek would be dead if Cristina had not had Teddy around. That’s how I look at it. I will say it again, the studio and network have to renew everyone’s options, and they have not done so yet. But it is my intention that we will see Teddy next year.

When Owen chose Cristina, he really chose her, right?

RHIMES: Yes. He definitely chose her.

So that triangle is, for all intents and purposes, over.

RHIMES: That triangle is done.

But Cristina broke up with Owen in that episode.

RHIMES: That is true.

So they’re not technically together.

RHIMES: I tried really hard to get in an Owen-Cristina scene where he holds her after Derek survived. But all my [medical advisers] kept saying, “If Owen holds Cristina, she can no longer operate on Derek. She’s become unsterile.” There was a big fight about it and finally I had to go with “the look.” And I felt like Sandra [Oh] and Kevin [McKidd] adequately and brilliantly portrayed in “the look” that there was still something there.

You previously teased this episode as a game-changer. How has the game been changed?

RHIMES: Here’s why I said that: When you face a situation like this — when the entire hospital has turned into a crime scene — everyone you know has faced life or death. It’s an incredibly traumatic event. Everything you knew, believed, felt, and required of the characters in terms of what their stories have been or what you believed about them no longer exists. Part of what’s interesting about next season is that we can start anywhere — in any emotional state — and almost anything can happen because we just came out of this. It’s not like tomorrow they come back being the exact same characters. They’re all sort of fundamentally changed.

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