‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 9 Spoilers: More Death, Why Lexie Died?

Grey’s Anatomy season 8 ended with two characters leaving—Kim Raver’s Teddy for another job, Chyler Leigh’s Lexie after fatal injuries in the plane crash—but it’s possible more characters could be saying goodbye for season 9.

Grey’s Season 9 Spoilers

According to TV Guide, creator Shonda Rhimes revealed, “Just because you saw people alive at the end of the finale doesn’t mean they’re going to be alive when the season starts up.” In particular, Mark and Arizona were looking pretty bad as the doctors tried to survive long enough for help to reach them. While it seems like Mark should be a lock to stay alive since there’s the possibility of a whole storyline just of him dealing with Lexie’s death (and perhaps that being what could keep Jackson around) and it would be very tragic to kill off Arizona and take away another fan-favorite couple from the show all in one crash, anything is possible for season 9.

Many have been wondering why Lexie was killed off in the Grey’s Anatomy season 8 finale, and TV Guide does speculate on that, though Rhimes hasn’t said anything specific about it: “Speculation is that Leigh was cut to free up cash for the original stars, who reportedly all signed on for two more seasons. And with Pompeo locked in, there’s no need to keep a Little Grey waiting in the wings.” It was just before the news of the show’s renewal that the original cast members signed new contracts, which meant that guesses as to the season finale death were limited to Lexie and Arizona based on the promos. That’s why it wasn’t too much of a shock that Lexie was the one to die, though it was surprising that it came so early on in the episode.

However, it was still a surprise that they did kill off Lexie because of her connection to the show’s main character. There had also been speculation at one point that Lexie would become the Grey of the show if Ellen Pompeo didn’t return for the ninth season. While it was sad to see Lexie die—especially with her and Mark’s goodbye—it does open up a new storyline for the show, as Meredith and Mark grieve her death. It’s also looking like fans may never know for sure just why it happened, and all they can do is look forward to what the series will be like without her.

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