Now that we're heading into the second half of Season 8, where do they stand? The short answer is that we still don't know. But for those who are curious, here's the longer answer, with what we do know:
The finale will work either way. Instead of waiting for negations to be set in stone, Shonda Rhimes wrote the Season 8 finale without knowing what will happen with the originals. So at least you can rest assured that there will be some sort of resolution if they don't come back. Probably.
The show will go on. One thing is for sure: The show will go on, even if all the originals leave. It's hard to imagine, but we might be seeing Seattle Grace-Mercy West without MerDer this time next year. Crazy.
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 pm ET/PT on ABC.