Hey Gabblers!

Our friends over at Wet Paint have summarized who they think will be back for sure next season.

Now, don’t take this as 100% true, but they do give some good reasoning behind their suggestions!

Okay, guys. It’s July, which means it’s time to take a moment to pause and look at what we know aboutGrey’s AnatomySeason 9. More specifically, we want to look at what we know about which characters are and aren’t coming back. Because although the entire cast is still on contract, the end of Season 8, Episode 24, “Flight”left many fates up in the air.

Here’s the rundown.

Definitely Returning

April Kepner (Sarah Drew): Sarah told us that she is officially coming back next season. Despite April’s boards failure, the writers will have tofind a way to work her into the plot.

Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd): Owen is one of the few characters who is obviously safe: He is keeping his job at Seattle Grace-Mercy West and he wasn’t in the plane crash. Plus, Kevin McKidd has chatted a lot about what he hopes to see for the character next season.

Miranda Bailey (Chanda Wilson): Like Owen, Bailey is safe and sound at Seattle Grace-Mercy West, and there are even spoilers about her plotline next season — namely that Jason George, who plays her hottie fiancee Ben, will still be around some of the time.

Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) and Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez): Although there hasn’t been much Grey’s talk from either actor, there’s no reason to think Richard or Callie won’t be back, since they are also in the special category of “employed by Seattle Grace-Mercy West and not in the crash.”

Fate Up in the Air

Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), and Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh): Since these original cast members renewed their contracts for two seasons we seriously doubt Shonda will kill them off or permanently send them to a different hospital. Still, there’s no confirmation that they’ll definitely stick around.

Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) and Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw): We also don’t really think Shonda will kill Mark or Arizona, but it’s worth noting that these two were in the worst shape by far whenSeason 8 ended. There have been (very unsubstantiated) rumors that someone else might die in the Season 9 premiere. If that rumor does turn out to be true (hopefully not!) Mark and Arizona seem to be the most likely targets based on their injuries.

Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) and Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams): It’s also worth noting that Alex and Jackson are both supposed to be leaving Seattle for greener pastures elsewhere. Will they end up sticking around? Probably, but we can’t say for sure.

Definitely Gone

Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh): We don’t even want to talk about this. We all know why she’s not coming back. (*sob*)

Teddy Altman (Kim Raver): Shonda Rhimes confirmed that Teddy is indeed leaving Seattle Grace-Mercy West for good. (Though since she’s alive, there’s still a chance she might return as a guest star now and then.)

Miss Grey’s? Us too. Luckily the show will return to Thursdays at 9 p.m. with all-new episodes in the fall on ABC.

(Source | WetPaint)

So we already knew Lexie and Teddy were gone. What do you think about those whose fate was left in the balance? Do you think someone will die in the season premiere? If so, who do you think?

Let us know below!

xoxo McRen


  1. The original cast (Miranda, Richard, Meredith, Cristina, Alex and Derek) have renewed their contracts for two years so their fate is not “up in the air”

  2. oh boy, are the rumors starting again that someone will die in S9. And that it can be AZ. Hope that the discussions will not start again. If someone should go, it should be Mark. What story is there to tell for Mark without Lexie?

    • @Lin1982, Shonda is a smart writer?! :lol: :lol: :lol:

      Seriously, if that were the case, she would have killed Teddy and tranferred Lexie. I get that Chyler wanted to leave, totally fine with it, but her exit was horribly done. Heck, they could have had Teddy see her husband Henry in heaven.

    • @Lin1982, Sorry, replied to the wrong person.

  3. I truly believe AZ is fine. Shonda is a smart writer and she caught so much grief and lost quite a few viewers from lexi’s death, she will definitely not risk losing another huge fan base by killing off AZ. Just not going to happen.

  4. Owen and April should leave the show! They’re soooooo annoying!

  5. If somebody is really dying in S9 then i think it would be most likely to be Mark. I don´t think that Shonda would kill Arizona (image the “fight” of the Calzona fans).

  6. I knew we’d see Kepner return :x. I guess because Seattle Grace has regained its Mercy Death label would be the reason anyone who’s applied for a fellowship or attending job there wouldn’t bother to turn up to work there :lol: ,hence a job for Kepner
    It would be sensational if GA killed off either of the two most injured plane crash survivors at the beginning of S9, but I don’t think that’s gonna happen!
    I’ll continue watching GA whilst MerDer are there!

  7. I’m all for someone else dying. There needs to be less characters on this show. Lets give Alex a storyline. Get rid of Arizona or April.

  8. so Annie comes on Jessica Capshaw’s own fansite and tells us she wants Capshaw gone from the show and some wonder why we are happy Lexie is gone? :roll: :grin:

    • @AlexSTINKS, What does Lexie have to do with any of that?

  9. Hmmm, if someone else dies I would have to say its either going to be Mark cause he’s dangling by a string, and Eric Dane said he’s not sure of Marks fate and Lexie was Marks Soul mate.. And the other possible person would be the pilot.. Cause he’d just be easy to kill for the drama of it.. I think AZ is safe.. Jessica Capshaw was really interactive with the fans and stuff as the show rolled to the finale.. And the newest writer wrote how excited he was to be able to work with her next season.. And then there was that one article that was about the Announcement of Poppy joining the world and at the end they nonchalantly added she’d be back next season :) but in shonda land… You never know!… But Jcap is lovable and does a great job with Az.. It’ll be a great story line for next season!

  10. Sure sorry to hear that SD is most likely returning. What a waste of air time!! :x

  11. Get rid of April. She is very hard to watch. We need more airtime for the originals. I would like to see Alex get more storylines but I don’t think I would like to see him in a romance. Not everyone needs to be… Unless he is with Izzie.

  12. I still have PTSD from the whole Lexie thing so I have chose not to speculate about Greys because I wont be able to take anymore heartache

  13. U know it’s gonna be soo freaking nice to see Alex, Jackson, meredith and Christina wear the dark blue scrubs. :DD

    • @Sara, yeah – so excited!! and I wanna see what they’ll have on their scrub caps too!

      • @CrowenSlexieFan, OMGG EXACTLY!! :D