Shonda Rhimes Explains the Two Big Grey’s Anatomy Finale Exits
You’ve seen the Grey's Anatomy season finale, right? We can tell you have, from the way you’re trembling uncontrollably, sobbing, and shaking your fist at the heavens while yelling “Shondaaa!” But if all that is about something else, turn away, because we’re about to spoil the dickens out of Grey’s.
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If it’s any consolation, it sounds like the actors weren’t canned - both agreed with Shonda that it was time to wrap up their arcs on the show. And it sounds like Teddy, at least, could drop back in.
I know this season’s finale had some surprises for viewers and the exit of Kim Raver was one of the big ones. But Kim’s series option was up and she was ready to give Teddy Altman a much-needed vacation. It’s been a pleasure working with someone as talented and funny and kind as Kim; everyone is going to miss her terribly. I like to imagine that Teddy is still out there in the Grey’s Anatomy universe, running Army Medical Command and building a new life.
Of course, there’s no chance Lexie’s just going on a ‘vacation,’ since she got squished by a plane. Shonda confirms: This is it for Lexie.
I love Chyler and I love the character of Lexie Grey. She was an important member of my Grey's family. This was not an easy decision. But it was a decision that Chyler and I came to together. We had a lot of thoughtful discussion about it and ultimately we both decided this was the right time for her character's journey to end. As far as I'm concerned Chyler will always remain a part of the Shondaland family and I can't wait to work with her again in the future.
Get ready, Scandal! We see a little sister in your future.