It is not often that I say it, but the Grey's Anatomy finale was nothing short of amazing. Meredith's (Ellen Pompeo) voice over - which can sometimes fall into motherhood statements and empty, sentimental rhetoric - was perfect.
"Did you say it," she asks in her typical raspy near-whisper, and we see the Chief (James Pickens Jr.), Bailey (Chandra Wilson), and Yang (Sandra Oh) scrambling to revive Izzie (Katherine Heigl). "I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life. Did you say it?" she continues, and we see Meredith looking nervously on George's (T.R. Knight) disfigured face as Derek (Patrick Dempsey) and Sloan (Eric Dane) worked on his brain.
If you look closely, you'll notice that Izzie's eyelids moved ever so slightly before she lapses into REM and the elevator dream sequence with George. "This is it," Meredith continues, rather conclusively. Back in the elevator, Izzie is visibly - literally - trying to decide whether she'd go back or not. We see an indecisive look in Izzie's face, and on the next shot we see her back on her hospital bed, still unconscious. And just as the music (Greg Laswell's Off I Go) builds up, everything turns dark. And Meredith wraps up - "It might all be gone tomorrow."
The cliffhangers are clear on the season finale of the ABC medical series. Two lives hang on the balance, and Bailey's career is not as secure, too. On the other hand, Cristina and Owen, Callie and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw), and Derek and Meredith all appear quite stable. Which leaves us to Izzie and George.
Watching the episode again, I can't help but kick myself for not figuring out that faceless guy is George. Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes generously peppered the episode with clues, the most blatant of which is Callie saying "George O'Malley?" right when the camera lingered straight in faceless guy's face, or non-face, for several seconds. Of course, there is also the matter of George's eyes, which should've been readily obvious to diehard George fans. But we were all in the edges of our seats and can't really be blamed for the oversight.
The brilliant elevator sequence, meanwhile, is leading me to believe what some Grey's fans have posited: Izzie will survive, George will not.
When Izzie walks into the elevator, for instance, she looks grim and unsure. When the door opens and she sees George, her face lights up! And George is smiling, like a welcome, and right there and then, you can see the change in Izzie's countenance - from glee to uncertainty. She looks torn, as she looks over her earthly body and back to George, whose smile also vanishes. Is George inviting Izzie to the afterlife? It sure looks that way. When you watch her face carefully in the dream sequence, it is obvious: she's making a choice. The choice she'll make, we'll see when Grey's returns. And it's an awfully long wait.
Has anybody heard if Heigl and Knight are renewing their contracts? Those should be dead giveaways.