Grey\'s Anatomy: Shonda Rhimes Writing Her First Episode in Three Years
Grey’s Anatomy: Shonda Rhimes Writing Her First Episode in Three Years
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Grey’s Anatomy: Shonda Rhimes Writing Her First Episode in Three Years

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Good news Grey's Anatomy, fans! The April 23 episode — Season 11, Episode 21: "How to Save a Life" — is bound to be a legendary episode… because Shonda Rhimes herself is writing it!


The synopsis for the installment is torturously short — "Derek witnesses a horrible car accident and springs into action to save lives" — but ABC's press release does reveal that Shonda is getting her first writing credit in three years. (Additionally, Rob Hardy is directing the episode.)

The last episode for which Shonda was credited as writer was the Season 8 finale — the one with the plane crash that killed Mark (Eric Dane) and Lexie (Chyler Leigh).

Since then, she's been busy launching Scandal and helping Pete Nowalk launch How to Get Away With Murder, but don't get it twisted: She's always been an executive producer on Grey's Anatomy, and we know she has contributed lines to many scripts since then without taking any credit.

Still, the episodes that Shonda writes herself are instant classics — the one with the bomb squad, the one with Denny (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) dying and Izzie (Katherine Heigl) quitting, the one with the multiple shootings.

Sense a theme here? Shonda's really good at writing characters' deaths. We all know Patrick is reaching the end of his Grey's residency, so we're just a wee bit anxious to see if he survives this episode.

What do you think? Is Shonda writing Derek's swan song, or is she just lending her pen to the last few episodes of the season? Give us your take in the comments below.

Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Dan Clarendon is an assistant editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!