Horrifying. Absolutely horrifying. But in a good way… I think. Grey’s Anatomy’s season eight finale was one of the most powerful hours of television I’ve ever seen. And that’s quite an accomplishment seeing as how I thought the season six shooting was probably the show’s peak in terms of tragedy. This episode was just terrifying on every level, cementing Greys as gripping television unlike any other.
First off, I can not believe Shonda killed off Lexie! The fans seem to be in uproar all over the web and while I understand that, I have to give Shonda props for constantly taking risks. I always though Lexie would make it to the end and Shonda could have mined her and Mark for years to come. Still it’s sad because Chyelr Leigh is such a charismatic presence and a really integral part of the cast. I wish Shonda had killed off Alex though, it would have been as shocking and I really wouldn’t miss him (unlike Lexie whom I undoubtedly will).
The crash aftermath itself was just so very unsettling and disturbing. Starting with Meredith staring above into the trees (in a moment that really reminded me of Lost) I was hooked and dripping with tension for the rest of the hour. We’ve just grown to love these characters so much over the years that seeing them suffer like this was just nerve-wracking and heartbreaking to watch. Arizona in particular was quite sad although I’m glad to say that it looks like she’s going to survive as I was sure she’d be one of the finale’s deaths. Moreover, Mark Sloane also had some excellent moments as Eric Dane was the most phenomenal that he’s ever been since joining the show. His scene with Lexie was absolutely golden and immensely poignant.
In other news, Bailey’s getting married (who cares), April’s still alive (sadly), and Teddy left (and Shonda confirmed Kim Raver won’t be coming back). I actually find her departure sadder than Lexie’s death because Kim is an exceptional talent, and Teddy is one of my favorites characters on the show. I really hope she comes back at some point because she’s become a big part of the show for me.
Bits & Scalpels
– Awesome opening with the crash juxtaposed with our cast’s first day at Seattle Grace.
– Derek getting himself out of the wreckage was hard to watch.
– Arizona’s blood-curdling screams almost made me scream.
– Loved the little bit with Christina’s shoe. Provided the episode with a welcome dose of humor.
– Teddy’s speech to Owen in the OR was a bit much.
– I couldn’t look as Meredith & Christina were pinning Derek’s wound.
– Amazing moment with Christina screaming at Mark only to have him pass out.
– The editing as Christina and Teddy did the same procedure in very different circumstances was brilliant.
– Callie making fun of April: priceless. This is the second episode in a row someone imitates that annoying brat.
– Adored Christina referencing the numerous disasters they’d been through. Made things very realistic.
– The flare gun not working broke my heart.
– Owen firing Teddy was an admittedly cool scene. I’m just really sorry we’re losing her.
– The ending with the matches was painfully depressing, and pretty genius.
All in all, this was a harrowing and difficult hour to watch. Nonetheless, it was emotional, gripping, and just outstanding television on every level. Shonda sure knows how to construct finales and this one was no exception. While her decisions were controversial, she undoubtedly proved that Grey’s Anatomy undoubtedly still has a lot of life left and deserves its upcoming ninth season. Tremendously impressive.