I was absolutely amazed at the end of the two-hour finale of "Grey's Anatomy" Thursday that suggested Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) and George O'Malley (T.R. Knight) may have died.
Oh, I wasn't that amazed at the death suggestions, which were excellent cliff-hangers that I didn't see coming.
I was more amazed in this Internet world that there hadn't been much of any speculation leaking out about the ending.
Sure, there had been speculation that Heigl and Knight would be leaving the show. Some of it even came from fellow cast members. But how their characters might leave the show was a carefully-guarded secret. It makes you wonder if the earlier speculation about the actors leaving the show was planted misinformation.
It also will be amazing if the fates of the characters aren't revealed before the show returns in the fall since Heigl and Knight presumably would be looking for other roles if they aren't doing "Grey's" next season.
My guess would be that Izzie comes back from the dead and George doesn't. The character of George, who heroically jumped in front of a bus to save a woman's life and had his face mangled beyond recognition, had reached a dead end anyway. But Izzie's recovery from brain cancer surgery could lead to a rich story line in the fall.
However, it might be better creatively for the show if Izzie dies, too. That would have repercussions for her brain surgeon, Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), who already this season has had to deal with not being a perfect doctor.
Another sub-plot -- the postponed wedding of Derek and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) -- wasn't that surprising because the two patient crises didn't allow creator-writer Shonda Rhimes enough time to marry them. Surprisingly, she told Entertainment Weekly today that she thinks that Derek and Meredith consider the post-it wedding Thursday an "official wedding."
What did you think of the finale? Did you see it coming? And do you think Izzie will survive? George? Both? Neither?
-- Alan Pergament