The high body count on last night's amazing (and amazingly violent) "Grey's Anatomy" finale accomplished a couple of things: 1/ It culled the unwieldy herd of doctors milling through the halls (and plot lines) of Seattle Grace, and 2/ it earned back for the show a little of the buzz it's been missing this season.
The chaos began when an angry gunman whose wife had died on a previous episode (she was brain dead and the hospital forced him to pull the plug) walks into the hospital and starts shooting people. The man is looking specifically for Dr. Webber (his wife's surgeon), Dr. Shepherd (gave the orders), and Lexie Grey (pulled the plug). In no time, the floors are littered with the crumpled bodies of doctors we know and love. And yes, one of them is McDreamy.
Head writer Shonda Rhimes wrote on her blog: "It hurt to write this finale. It literally hurt me. Because in order to write these episodes, I had to walk in the shoes of Gary Clark [the shooter]. I had to think like a shooter. A person who would shoot Reed and Alex and Charles. A person who would shoot Derek. By the time I finished writing part one, I was sick. And depressed."
Well it hurt viewers, too. And made them sick and depressed. Facebook and Twitter lit up last night a thousand different versions of "OMG I AM CRYING SO HARD!" (My own tweets mostly involved a strong desire for Owen to exit this world). Today, even though fans are shaken, they mostly agree it was a great finale. Maybe the best? Not sure. But "intense" is the word most used to describe it. (And in what might be the ultimate compliment, someone tweeted "This episode
is making me like Christina more.")
For a great, comprehensive recap -- including body count -- click on over to EW.