Shonda Rhimes: Don’t Assume Everyone on Grey’s Anatomy Survives to See Next Season (Gulp!)
Shonda Rhimes is worried you're not fully appreciating how bad things are. It’s time to stop being upset about Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh)'s death (and yes, she is gone gone) and start getting scared for everyone else.
“I knew that I had really strong feelings about the finale, and I knew people would too,” Shonda said. “I decided I was just going to be off of Twitter. I know that there was a large reaction. The one thing that I wanted to know is if everybody got the point of the episode. Everyone is still so immersed in ‘Who died?' and no one is talking about the thing that I actually think is important and was the point of the episode.”
More important than death? What is it?! “[T]hey are still out there. They're still out there in the forest, and we don't know if they are going to be OK. We left it open for a reason because…I hate to say this, but just because you saw people alive at the end of the finale doesn't mean they're going to be alive when the season starts up. We are completely jumping off into the unknown next season.”
Shonda said she knows where they’ll be picking up next season, but she won’t talk about it. She admits this was “an unsatisfying finale” for everyone — including herself — although she appreciated the “boldness” of the creative decision.
“I enjoyed saying yeah, we are going to put our doctors on a plane, and yeah, we're going to crash the plane,” she said. “Which is insane and makes no sense. And yeah, we're going to have them in the forest, and we're going to kill Lexie in act two because that's not what you do in a finale. I enjoyed subverting expectation. Everyone was watching to see where everyone ended up, and we're not going to tell you where everyone ends up. I really thought that that was great. I have to focus on what happens next, and paying attention to fan reaction or going online to see what everyone has to say about it is pretty much paying attention to what happened before, and that does not actually help me at this point.”
Read the full E! exclusive for a lot more from the show creator. Do you trust her vision for the next season or are you now filled with total dread?