'Grey's Anatomy' finale sets up Season 9 without Chyler Leigh


The best way to describe Thursday's finale of "Grey's Anatomy" is to call it unsettling. We knew that there was a death on the way, and we knew exactly which doctors were in the devastating plane crash, but we still weren't prepared for the raw agony of the episode. Lexie (Chyler Leigh) died in the first 20 minutes of the hour, with little fanfare, aside from a powerful declaration of love from Mark. There were none of the emotional manipulation tools usually employed by Shonda Rhimes -- it wasn't held until the end of the episode, and there were no soaring musical montages. The moment relied entirely on writing and performances.With such a jarring start to the episode, we expected some comfort by the end -- but our heroes went unrescued. When we last saw them, Cristina was hungry, Meredith was exhausted, Derek's left hand was so mangled that it's hard to imagine him doing...



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