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Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes has responded to her fans regarding the twitter explosion resulting from her the death of a fan favorite character on last night’s Season 9 Premiere.

On her personal WhoSay blog, she wrote a detailed entry entitled “WHY THE F#%K DOES SHONDA KILL CHARACTERS?!” and answers other burning questions." Thanking her fans for sticking through the stories on not only Grey’s, but also her other shows Private Practice and Scandal, she detailed why she and the other show writers may have killed some of your fave people on her shows.

Note: Spoiler’s ahead if you have not watched the Season 9 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy, “Going, Going, Gone.”

On Thursday night’s episode, Grey’s fans were devastated by the death of Mark Sloan (Eric Dane), who was taken off life support per his own wishes after the insane plane crash of Season 8. While fans knew the actor would be leaving this season, many weren’t prepared for his death.

Of his death, Rhimes writes, “For me, this one is the most tragic. I’m VERY attached to Mark Sloan. He’s part of the fabric of the show. Before he ever even appeared on the show, the characters discussed him. He is one of the originals.”

She mentions that any option that involved Mark leaving and not dying would have had him having to walk away from his daughter and grieve for Lexie (Chyler Leigh).

“I didn’t want Mark to die but, as the writers rightfully argued back, Mark couldn’t abandon Sofia and he certainly couldn’t abandon Callie [Sara Ramirez] once Arizona’s [Jessica Capshaw] leg was amputated,” she continued.

Rhimes also said she would have loved for him to run away with Addison (Kate Walsh), but doing this would have invalidated everything between him and the love of his life, Lexie.

“Mark would never [willingly] abandon Sofia and he would never willingly abandon Callie. So Mark dies. And he and Lexie get to be together in a way,” she writes. “Their love remains true.”

Also commenting on Lexie’s death, she says that her death still haunts her.

“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,” she explains.

Once she knew that Leigh would be leaving the show, she thought the best way for her character Lexie to go would be in the woods, with Mark by her side, knowing that he loved her.

After last night's need for  lots of tissues, she assured Grey’s Fans that she is, “full of happy stories for our characters this season!”


Rhimes promises to write more about Arizona's (Jessica Capshaw) fate, declines to talk about Scandal's story lines and also commented on Pete’s (Tim Daly) death on Private Practice. To read Rhimes’ entire blogpost, click here.

Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal air on Thursday at 9 and 10 PM respectively. Private Practice airs on Tuesday at 10 PM -- all on ABC.

Are you still reeling over Mark's Death? What do you think about Shonda's response? Let us know in the comments below!




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  • K.P. Smith
    K.P. Smith

    I am very upset they died. But I am the most upset how she ended the relationship. When she found out Leigh was leaving she should have gotten them together if only for a few months and give the fans that last hooray. I watch the reruns on Lifetime and I think the one they played this week was the last time they were really together as a couple when she found out he and Callie were having a baby. Killing them was bad enough but not giving the characters and the fans closure that is unforgivable.

  • Angela

    i will miss both mark and lexie immensely! I do have to admit that I was so angry, I even threatened not to watch the show again but how I can stay away? Ugh! But at Rhimes said, their love will continue on :) looking forward to seeing the rest of the season but never really cared for april so hmmmm not excited that she will be a returning character! LOVE GREY'S ANATOMY <3

  • Kathy E
    Kathy E

    the way the writers handled the death of the Mark character was right on. I lived it. I know.

  • peron

    I really loved Lexie and Mark but that's not all the show has to offer callie and arizona are still there i love sara and jessica they are the best on the show. I will always love grey's because of callie and arizona and don't give up any of the cast or the writer's go GREY'S ANATOMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • nora.

    I'm very sad that Lexie and Mark had to die!! Why did they have to die. I would have also just moved them to another city. It is absolutely different to see them die versus just not seeing them anymore on the show! :(( I'm very sad about the face, that they are not going to be back on the show but I will continue to watch the show. I just love it too much to show watching it because two amazing characters died.

  • Debbie

    I LOVE Grey's although it seems like the mixed up the order of episodes. Would have been better to show next weeks first then this weeks.

  • diana

    even if mark was my favorite male char in the show I'm still going to watch it, and that's because I love grey's anatomy not just mark sloan. Can't wait for the 2nd episode of the new season XD

  • syl e.
    syl e.

    Done with Grey's....thursday night will now be book night!

  • kay

    Im done with greys

  • Dan

    GOD FUC,KING DAMMIT, why didn't you just get mark to take up a job in another hospital and move them to another city and make up stories like the child is away every now and then and mark just begs lexie to go with her and she does! Best Scene of last season was lexie confessing her love to Mark. God dam... My two favorite characters...

  • fmw

    why "her and the other show writers" ???????? interested in reading follow-up to grey's anatomy season premiere, but the teacher in me had to cringe at the grammar.