Grey's Anatomy First Look: Watch the Opening Minutes of This Week's Harrowing Finale!

Fasten your seat belts Grey’s Anatomy fans, ’cause Thursday’s season finale is going to be one Helluva. Bumpy. Ride.

The heart-pumping hour picks up pretty much where last week’s week’s penultimate episode left off — with the plane carrying Derek, Meredith, Lexie, Mark, Cristina and Arizona crash landing in the middle of nowhere.

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Press PLAY below to watch the chaotic opening minutes of the Season 8 swan song and then say a nice little prayer for the victims in the comments section below!

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  1. Marty says:

    Is it safe to say the major death is Cristina’s shoe? I don’t know how I could watch the show after a death like that.

  2. S. says:

    I am going to be so freaking pissed if Lexie dies! She has to end up with Mark!!

  3. dave says:

    Guys its Grey’s anatomy, the survivors are probably a red herring and someone in the hospital will die

  4. Jennifer says:

    I bet you Kepner offs herself and all the plane crash victims survive.

  5. JJ says:

    The preview said ‘6 went down, 1 will die’. This leads you to believe that it will be someone from the crash. You got Merideth, McDreamy, Arizona, Mark, Christina and Lexi on the plane, that is the 6. Lexi was in bad shape and the others didn’t look to be on the brink of death. I’m gonna have to say that Lexi is the one going away, which doesn’t make too much sense, because she is the other ‘Grey’ and if Meredith ever decides to not renew, there will be no more Grey’s left.

  6. Alice Buck says:

    Well, considering the fact that Derek was sucked out of the plane right before it crashed I seriously doubt that he could be alive. He would be my first choice. Then I think the show without Derek just wouldn’t be the same. So I guess we will all just have to tune in tonight and see who it is !

  7. R.I.P. Derrick, he already said he wasn’t coming back to the show next season

  8. Cindy Lou says:

    Hmmm….the pilot didn’t look so good and he was unresponsive. Just sayin’…

  9. Mahala says:

    Lexie or Mark. Either Lexie won’t get out from under that thing alive, or Mark will die from internal injuries (since he appears to be the least injured…) saving her. Makes me sick. This is what we waited over two years for? What a smack in the face. If Chyler or Eric wanted to leave, I can’t say much to that. I can’t blame them really, they’ve never had a consistent and decent story-line really, they were wasted when they didn’t have to be, so yes, I WOULD blame Shonda and the writers despite her claim that she “has no control over contracts”. Well, perhaps if you’d come up with something decent for Chyler or Eric maybe they wouldn’t want to leave (should that be the case). Duh, it’s not rocket science.

    • kavyn says:

      TVLine reported Mark was safe, as well as Christina and Meredith. If the death is someone from the plane crash, it’ll be either Lexie, Arizona or Derek. If it’s from the Hospital, based on what we’ve seen of this season it’ll be April committing suicide in some way.

      …Then again, this is Grey’s Anatomy, it could end up being something like another plane crashing into the hospital and killing Teddy or something.

      • vae says:

        Did you people not watch the damn 7 minute preview video? They all are responsive but one may die because of there injury. And its not derek, mer, yang or mark. They are confirmed to be back. They signed on for two more years. Geesh.

  10. Christyl says:

    I’m praying that Grey is dreaming all of this.

  11. Mahala says:

    @Cindy Lou, um, the pilot was alive and talking directly to Arizona. I wouldn’t call that “unresponsive” Shonda said that this was going to be a major character to die and not just some guest star, so he’s not going to be the one.

  12. jackie says:

    i think its derek.. maybe he dies and comes back as a ghost. And i think christina’s shoe got sucked out of the plane with derek… jus sayin.

  13. Julia says:

    I can not believe. It’s too scary!!!

  14. Heidi says:

    I doubt Arizona is gonna die because I seen another preview and she is out from under the rubble and sitting next to the cockpit of the plane. My guess would be Lexie because I would think there would be no way they can move that big chunk of plane off her, She has the whole tail end of the plane on her. Arizona only has the door on her. So Lexie looks the most in danger. Derek will be fine seen a preview that he is alive still. I also read that Shonda said that Mark and Lexie “will get some satifaction, but she can’t say it’s not going to be bittersweet or painful”. So that leads me to believe the satifaction will be Mark telling Lexie he loves her and she saying it back so they both know it, and she will probably die which will be the bittersweet and painful. Which really bloody sucks !! I love Lexie, she is not like the rest all doom and gloom, she is upbeat and perky and I really wanted to see her and Mark get back together for the last couple seasons. It will really blow if it is her… Seriously though how many deaths can they do every season finale, soon its goona be cliched and predictable.

  15. kelly says:

    I really think its going to be kallie….. she just told Arizona that she would never leave her…. just my thoughts, but i havent watched the clip just waiting to watch the show tomorrow….lol

  16. Shelia says:

    Your wrong, we need to have more backbone like Christina.

  17. PFitzDC says:

    The promo says “six were in the crash…one will die” (or something to that effect….so I’m not sure a bait-and-switch is in effect after all…

    Right now, I’m picking Mark to make a glorious, unselfish sacrifice to save Lexie or Arizona or Derek.

    • CC says:

      TV Line already said that Mark will be safe.

    • zee says:

      Thats true Mark is the only one connected to all three of the worst injured- Derek is his best friend, Lexie he loves, and Arizona is helping raise his baby. He may ignore his own injuries to save the rest :,(

  18. soraya says:

    They should all live, but one of the member of the cast will leave the show. I am afraid that Lexie or Arizona will die. OMG, I am holding my heart for the final episode of this season. Nobody should day, it’s a great cast. Can’t wait to see it..

  19. kaib57 says:

    The opening is a great homage to Lost (which I still miss). This is going to be a gut-wrenching finale.

  20. JKnapp says:

    I just googled Season 9 news and here’s what’s posted:
    For fans worried sick (sorry) over which beloved cast members are going to make it to the next season of Grey’s Anatomy, the prognosis is good. Series originals Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh and Justin Chambers – along with Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. – have all put pen to paper on a deal that will see them return for a ninth and tenth season on the ABC medical drama.

    In a radio interview with Carson Daly this week, Dr. McDreamy himself discussed his relief over the end of the long contract negotiations. “It’s just so nice to have a job and it continues on as a wonderful thing, so, very grateful that it’s happening,” says Dempsey. “[I’m] very happy … to move forward and looking forward to another couple of years of the show.”

    • Katie says:

      I love you for posting this!!! I heard last week that they did all renew, but to see something that PD actually said confirming that he will still be around…Oh I’m SO HAPPY!!!

  21. Jen says:

    I personally thought Grey’s jumped the shark when Meredith wondered what life at the hospital would have been like had her mother survived and not had Alzheimer’s. Sigh…. that whole episode made me roll my eyes.

    Only on Grey’s would Derek survive a shooting AND being sucked out of a plane!

    Let’s kill Yang off! LOL

  22. sm1212 says:

    Can someone please tell me where they were going? I must have missed it last week, because it is driving me crazy not knowing.

    • Manny says:

      They were going to the Boise Memorial Hospital for the surgical separation of the coinjoined twins we saw a picture of in the last episode.

  23. kaib57 says:

    Patrick Dempsey said in a magazine interview that he didn’t want to return for another season.

  24. betty says:

    Is Derrick finally gone????

  25. Katie says:

    OMG!!! I just watched the 7 minute preview for season finale!! I CANNOT wait for 9pm tomorrow!!!

  26. GreysAddict says:

    So the person that ‘dies’ is going to be Derick. He didn’t resign his contract for this next season. This is his final one. I sure didn’t expect a plane crash killing him though! So sad! I’m going to be crying so hard!!

    • Heidi says:

      He did, resign, I don’t know why people keep saying this

      • rog says:

        Everyone is so un informed here… From HIS twitter page “Looks like two more years on Grey’s, love to know what people want to see happen?” People need to read more than one source for information

  27. Well I stopped watching this show, when George died. Might watch this episode. I’m a tad bit far behind tho. haha

    • vae says:

      It was sad when they killed off george (I stopped watching too) but started again and its a whole lot better!!!

  28. vae says:

    Its arizona!!! Shes preggers in real life. Its not lexie.. Shonda is planning to bring mark and lexie together and I think she gets then together because of the accident. Everybody may think its lexie because she looks worse but the twist may be that she gets saved and arizona ends up dying.

    • Manny says:

      She was also pregnant last year, it’s her second pregnancy during the show and she confirmed in january that she wouldn’t leave the show because she now has 3 kids.

    • CJ says:

      I think it will be Arizona over Lexie. Shonda said that Mark and Lexie have some resolution but it is bittersweet – they probably confess their mutual love but with Arizona gone, Mark will choose to focus on raising his child with Callie.

      • jane says:

        Well, it could be bittersweet because they confess their mutual love on her deathbed… But I sincerely hope it isn’t that. That’ll rip my heart out, and not in a fun, dramatic-episode-of-tv way, but in a WHY SHONDA WHY??? way. Seriously, there comes a point where it’s just too MUCH.

  29. Katie says:

    they were going to Idaho to help with seperating conjoined twins…& Patrick Dempsey signed on for 2 more years!! :)

  30. why can’t I find the 7 minute preview? I only see the one for 29 sec

  31. Sam says:

    Am I the only person who hopes that Owen dies?

  32. Terry says:

    I think it’s going to be Arizona because Karev was supposed to be on the plane but she took his place. So there will be all the drama of Alex feeling guilty and Callie blaming him ‘it should have been you’ and all that.

  33. Mare says:

    A few months ago Dr Bailey was on some talk shows & she’s starting a role on a new show. She is one of the writers for Greys Anatomy & the new show she’s starring in. She said she doesn’t want to go on with her character on Greys Anatomy any longer. If this is the case she will def be missed.

    • anonymous says:

      Well, Chandra Wilson recently signed a 2 year contract, so I doubt she’s going anywhere.

    • CC says:

      Chandra Wilson is not one of the writers for the show. You are mixing her up with Shonda Rhimes, who is the creator of the show and one of the writers.

  34. haunted says:

    How major is the cast member? Maybe Adele, the chief’s wife is the one who dies.

    • CC says:

      Loretta Devine already confirmed via Twitter that she will be back next season.

      • Nancy says:

        That, too, could be a red herring though cos when she says “will be back next season” it could mean only for the first episode of the season.

  35. Heidi says:

    Just watched the 7 min preview, and why the heck would Derick do that thing with a rock instead of just wait….so stupid

    • Nancy says:

      I was wondering, too. He had movement in his hand. I wonder why breaking it would possibly allow him to free his hand?

  36. Cathy says:

    I think it might be Arizona, Lexie or Kepner. Maybe Kepner killing herself because of her recent failures. But I don’t want Lexie to go…she just finally told Mark how she felt about him.

  37. Katie says:

    I went to & watched the 30 second one 1st, then I scrolled down the page & saw the 7 minute one..& OMG Mare..I hope it’s not Bailey!!!

  38. Pam says:

    I hope mr Mac dery don’t did or meridath!!

  39. ashley says:

    the person screamin sounds like arizona i think it will b her

  40. Crystal says:

    Arizona is pregnant in real life and is leaving the show, she’s the one who dies.

    • Manny says:

      Jessica Capshaw is not leaving the show. It’s the second time she’s been pregnant while shooting and when asked if she were going to leave now that she’s going to have 3 kids she answered that she’s not going anywhere… Sarah Drew was also pregnant, her baby is like 4months old and she still was a big part of the season. Pregnancies don’t mean anything when it comes to leaving Grey’s or not..

  41. Katie says:

    Heidi..desperate times call for desperate that moment he probably thought that was his only way to be saved! OMG!!! I can’t wait for tomorrow night!!

    • Heidi says:

      Ya I suppose but when you are a brain surgeon you kinda don’t want to wreck that particular part, just saying lol

      • Nancy says:

        I’m wondering how breaking his hand would help him free himself from the plane?

        • Cathy says:

          Maybe it makes it easier to pull out of the airplane piece his hand was stuck in. Since his hand was swollen, he probably couldn’t free it.

  42. Veronica says:

    In the preview, we are initially led to believe it is Derik who dies but I think its Lexie from what everyone is saying…….. : (

  43. Gail says:

    I think it’s April because she has not job offers and she was just cut from Seattle Grace. If she isn’t working anywhere why would they keep her?

    • Heidi says:

      I know this makes no sense to me either, why keep her if she can’t work anywhere. Although Hunt said that he had to make cuts cause he just doesn’t have the money to keep her, which is why he let her go BUT although I hate to say this cause I don’t want it to happen, my guess would be Lexie may die leaving Seattle Grace needing another doctor and freeing up some of the budget, so he can offer Kepner a job. I totally hope I’m wrong though

  44. GreenEyedDiva says:

    Me being Nieve, I want to know.. why death? can’t someone move, or go on vactation?? As much as I love grey’s and i really really really do, I think that adding new characters just so you can kill off a few SUCKS! but this episode des look GREAT! (i’ll be holding a box of tissues) but then Merideth will probably go insane if it’s her sister because for some reason death surounds her :'( that being said YAY for season 9. (p.s –Wishes Denny and George didn’t have to die)

    • Heidi says:

      I know how many loved one does Mer have to lose, all she has left of family is her sister….and now Derek

  45. :: Florence... says:

    :: Where is Derek??????????’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :'(

    • Nancy says:

      If you google “greys anatomy” and go to’s offical website/full episodes, you will find a 7 min. video (that the above 2 min. video comes from) that answers yr question.

  46. Sue says:

    Okay, they can NOT kill Lexie. She is one of the few I like on this show.

  47. Alma says:


  48. Mare says:

    They never said it was someone on the plane who dies, there just trying to make you think that & they try to make you believe its Derrek. There are many magazine adds & Dr Bailey was on many talk shows saying she doesn’t want to go on with her character on the show & she’s already started her role on the new show. That’s why I believe its Dr Bailey. And she is a loved cast member & an original cast member.

    • Alma says:

      She already has a contract for 2 more seasons, its not her! I think its either Lexie or Arizona.

    • Nancy says:

      Could be that you are confusing the actress who plays Bailey, Chandra Wilson, with the writer of the show, Shondra Rimes. The actress has already renewed for 2 yrs and is not on a new show though Shondra Rimes does have a new show on tv: “Scandal,” I think is the name.

  49. S says:

    It was nice to see Derek is still alive but I was like wth when he did that with that rock? .. like seriously ..?lol he could have screamed a bit louder or maybe he couldn’t Idk

  50. Vicky says:

    This is a such a great show. I don’t want Derek to be dead neither. I don’t want to lose anyone of the cast. Can’t wait for the show. I think this is the best show ever. I love Merideth and Cristina. I love them all. This is so dramatic. On pins and needles.