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Grey's Anatomy - Lexie's death explained


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Lexie! Nooooooooooo! How dare they... WHY?! [Wipes away tears, shakes fists at the heavens]

After getting over the sob-fest that was the Grey's Anatomy season finale, fans worldwide went hunting for an explanation. Lexie and Mark were soulmates. They were meant for each other! What just happened?

There was such an outcry that Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes took to her personal blog to explain the writers' thought processes when deciding Lexie's fate.


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The death of Lexie Grey haunts me. It does. I adored that character and I couldn't imagine the show without her. It was important to me that her exit would have maximum impact.

"The plane was going to crash no matter what. I honestly wasn't sure, because of contract negotiations, who was going to die in that crash."


While she doesn't expand on what went down in the contract negotiations that meant that actress Chyler Leigh left the show ("what happens in Shondaland stays in Shondaland") she does take the time to let us know why Chyler's character died in such a heart-wrenching fashion.

Turns out it was because they were soulmates.


"In my early finale plans, once I knew Chyler was leaving the show, Lexie wasn't originally even on the plane. She was going to die back at the hospital by doing something as simple as slipping and hitting her head.

"She would have been dying over at Seattle Grace while other people were dying in the woods. Which wasn't my favourite plan. She would have died without Mark at her side. Without the chance to say goodbye to him. Without the chance to hear that he loved her. I wanted them together when she left us."


It's a small consolation for die-hard Lexie-Mark fans, but at least they were together. Poor Mark. Poor Lexie. I'm heartsick for them both.


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