Could Grey's Anatomy's leading lady find her life in the balance during the Season 9 finale? We have a hard time believing the show would kill Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), but the preview for Season 9, Episode 23: "Readiness Is All" isn't exactly comforting. We've taken a close look at all the relevant spoilers to see how worried we should be.

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Reasons to Worry

So, why are fans worried? Here are some reasons:

The fall. The preview shows Mer falling down the stairs. That's not good.

Someone fights for his/her life: The synopsis for Episode 23 says, "one wrong move puts the lives of Meredith and her baby in jeopardy," and we do know she goes into laborThe one for Episode 24 hints that "one of the doctors fights for their life," and Shonda Rhimes has hinted that the season will end with someone still fighting for his/her life. Could that doc be Meredith?

Worry about the person delivering the baby. One spoiler hints that we don't need to be as worried about the MerDer baby as we do about "the person delivering Mer's baby." Does that mean Mer herself, or the doc that's helping her deliver?

Reasons Meredith Will Probably Be Fine

This finale is not as brutal. Shonda Rhimes has said this finale is not as "brutal" as last year’s. That would be a very inaccurate thing to say if Meredith died!

There is joy. Shonda Rhimes has also said that the MerDer baby's birth is "a really beautiful story," and she says there is "some joy" in this finale. Those hints combined suggest that maybe Mer will give birth and perhaps not be the doc whose life is in danger at all. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking...

Duh-doy. As we said in the beginning, there's also just common sense. Sure, Shonda Rhimes can be ruthless, but we just can't see the show killing Meredith. She might be the doctor whose life hangs in the balance at the end of the season, but we're fairly confident she'll be OK in the end.

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Catch the next new episode of Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaDMartin.

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