As most Grey’s Anatomy fans know by now, the six original cast members on the show will have to decide whether or not they want to renew their contracts by the end of Season 8. The original players are: Chandra Wilson (Miranda Bailey), Justin Chambers (Alex Karev), James Pickens Jr. (Richard Webber), Sandra Oh (Cristina Yang) and, yes, Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey) and Patrick Dempsey (Derek Shepherd).

All of their contracts will be up by the end of this season, meaning they will no longer be legally obligated to stay. What about their desires to win Academy Awards? Or take a year off to live in Italy? Or, what if they really want to spend the next eight years in their same old scrubs? Their options are endless.

We’re not sure which doc we would miss the most. If MerDer left, would the other relationships be just as romantic, enough to replace their epic love story? Is Grey’s really the same show without Cristina?

Vote for the doctor whose departure would make you the most upset in our poll below.




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