Grey's Anatomy's Cristina Quandary: 4 (Mostly) Plausible Exit Scenarios for Yang

Sandra Oh Last EpisodeAlthough we’re still weeks away from the 10th season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy (and months and months away from the season finale!), we’re already bracing ourselves for a tearful goodbye to our everybody’s favorite character, Sandra Oh’s endearingly prickly Cristina Yang. Series creator Shonda Rhimes has promised that the doc will get “the exit she deserves,” but what exactly will that look like?

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Here are our four best bets. Scroll through, why don’t you, and then hit the comments with your preference (or better ideas)!

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67 Comments
  1. Julz says:

    No to a Cristina death! She deserves to go off and be amazing somewhere else (although it’s going to be tricky to work around seeing as she’s part owner of the hospital – though I guess she can just sell her shares…?). I like option #1 not only because she gets to be the HBIC and that she’s with beloved Addi, she’s from LA so she’ll be closer to her family (not that Cristina’s ever really cared about that but it’s certainly not a negative thing).

    I hope for Cristina to go off and be amazing somewhere. Wouldn’t hate the idea of Burke somehow being in the mix – maybe she beats him out of some prestigious award (will one of our docs ever win the coveted Harper Avery Award before the series eventual end???).

    • MollyKate says:

      I like to ending where Critina gets her own wing…I do not think Burke should be a factor in her life again..There was so much more “believability” in the Cristina/Owen relationship than with Burke which was always never deep enough..The best ending would be that she decides to stay!

  2. Sam says:

    Hahahaha…. Love all the possibilities….keep em coming…. ;-)

  3. Bobbi says:

    Any of the first three options would be great. I really do not want them to kill Christina off. That’s also a real cop-out on story!

  4. trainwreck says:

    Number One seems most plausible .. except it should be Teddy instead of Addy who calls her up to join.. keeping in view Teddy was her mentor and they both were actually friends.

    Absolute NO to Burke’s comeback! he doesn’t deserve someone as awesome as Cristina.. he was a douchebag to her when he was with her, he was a even bigger douche when he left her – so NO! i would rather have her character die in Owen’s arms than see her go away with Burke!

    That said, i see no going forward for Grey’s without Yang! They should wrap up Grey’s and start a spinoff so that the originals that want to leave can do so yet not making Grey’s totally un-grey!

    • Aly says:

      That’s what I was thinking!

      Teddy went off to take the Chief job at MedCon (is that actually what it was called…?) and Teddy offers the Cristina the Cardio Department. It would help Cristina’s career and life ambitions as well as reunite her with her former mentor and friend.

      Cristina wouldn’t want to leave Mer of course, but it would still be an interesting (and hopefully not too heartbreaking) conflict.

      Plus it would allow her to return for the ultimate series finale (which I always hoped would be Lexie and Mark’s wedding, but hey, dreams can die in a plane crash in the woods).

    • Jonathan says:

      I would live to see her join Teddy. I think that would be perfect for her

      • Jenna says:

        That’s why the first scenario would never happen. First off, Cristina was NEVER close to Addison nor seemed to respect her in any way so why now? And on that train wreck spin off Private Practice, Sam is still very much the cardio guy when the show thankfully got cancelled. Cristina as we have known her for nearly 10 seasons would not leave Meredith for THAT offer. It’s laughable. However, I could very much see her joining Teddy who was a close friend, teacher and mentor. Makes way more sense than the first ridiculous and implausible set-up.

    • Alichat says:

      I like one and three. And I like the Teddy option as well. No no no no to Burke returning. She’s not the same Cristina…..she’d never be with him again. I too would rather have her die in Owen’s arms than be with Burke.

  5. Juliana says:

    I sincerely hope that Shonda doesn’t kill her.

  6. Lucy says:

    Haha, at the Idris Elba pic- before I’d read the caption I thought “Man, Isaiah Washington has aged into looking EXACTLY like Idris Elba… that’s weird…”

  7. Robby says:

    I think the Addison scenario is most plausible and rewarding. Anything to do with her furthering her career/being the top of her game would be appropriate and a nice send off for this beloved character. The Burke story has been over longer than it was played and it’s doubtful she would be killed off as the audience is still boo-ing the deaths of George, Lexie and Mark.

  8. Dani says:

    It would be a huge mistake if Rhimes kills Cristina off. Just not a good idea. Some fans are still trying to get over the fact that we lost Lexie and Mark – rather then them getting away together. So no! I could get on board with her leaving for L.A. after an offer from Addison. Still wish – as Rhimes does – that Kate Walsh decides to return to GREY’S.

  9. shutuprob says:

    Killing her off would be the show going to that well one too many times after George, Mark and Lexie. I’d split the difference between the two hospital scenarios and have Yang get hired to head the under-new-management Minnesota hospital after they fire Stephen Culp’s character for being waaaaay too corporate to begin with and for essentially humiliating William Daniels’s character to death. It would be plausible for the process of terminating Culp and hiring Yang to take this long, especially if it involved the Minnesota hospital having to buy Culp’s contract out just to get rid of him.

  10. Erika says:

    I’d like to see Cristina actually survive and go off elsewhere in the universe. It would leave her free to appear occasionally in a guest capacity, or maybe even come back later if it suits her to do so.

    It’d be neat if she went to St Ambrose, but then they’d have to explain what happened to Sam, since he’s the heart doc there, and without PP around to do a crossover ep, I think we’d miss out on a lot of great storyline potential.

    I hope she doesn’t end up with Burke again… no matter who plays him. It feels like that would be a huge step backward for her. Now… if she met someone who not only respected her, but maybe even agreed with her, on the childfree thing… I can see her riding off into the sunset of a position as a cardio-thoracic attending with the new guy that won’t ask things of her that she can’t give.

    Yeah okay… I want her version of the fairy tale ending. It’s be nice change of pace.

  11. tvaddict says:

    Obviously, the first choice, however I don’t know about Christina working with Addy – I see her following Teddy before going to work with Addy, then again who knows what Shondra Rhimes has up her sleeve for this season, But I agree no more deaths! I don’t think Addison will be moving back to Seattle, but I hope she stops by at least once this season, I LOVE Addison and all the gang from Private Practice, but Addy now has her son and her hot guy so why would she move back to Seattle? Christina is such an amazing doctor it has to be something pretty big to tear her away, and she does need to get away from Owen, maybe now he can meet a new woman and have kids.

  12. Mari says:

    No.
    Please, just close Grey’s. Ten years is enough, and it will be not be GA with Cristina.
    We already dealt with almost all the originals going away.
    Close it before it becames more painful to watch than it already is

    • Tonya says:

      You know you can just stop watching, right? I for one would like it to continue ER style. Sure, I miss the originals (and even the not so originals who have left), but I still enjoy the show without them.

  13. Jdurbs says:

    I think Christina will get a big deal, can’t pass it up because only the best of the best get it, cardiac fellowship after her residency that takes her away from Seattle.

  14. Ale says:

    I really hope shonda doesn’t kill her! it will be a total disaster for the show (even more after Lexie+Mark sudden death).
    I like the Addy theory, although I think Cristina would never go to work in a little hospital like saint ambrose (isn’t it?). Maybe Teddy call her is more likely, but i think cristina deserve to be the only kick-ass-cardio-god in a First class Hospital. .
    I hope she wins the harper avery this year or anyway goes to a different hospital to win the harper avery.
    anyway the fact that sandra oh leaves could mean the end of the tv show.

  15. Sara says:

    I will sh*t bricks if Shonda kills Cristina. I understand like 98% of all the other deaths but NOT Cristina. She deserves more than that.

  16. Alia says:

    I think 10th season will be the last one, even if we love so much this show we all know everything comes with an expiry date. 10 is a nice number. No more deaths on Grey’s PLEASEEEEE.

  17. Marge says:

    I really hope Cristina doesn’t die but I can’t help but feel it’s going to be the case… Shonda said Mark and Lexie would get the happy ending they deserved and where are they? Dead. So when I see she said that Cristina would get the exit she deserves I’m pessimistic.
    If by some miracle she survives Seattle Grace Mercy Death I think she should leave for a new hospital where she’d have her own cardio program. The Addi theory is good but I feel it’d be more plausible if it came from Teddy.
    In any case I think Grey’s should end after this season, 10 years is honorable for a tv show & I think we explored every possible storyline (sometimes twice or even three times…)

  18. skiki says:

    You guys, Meredith died back when Kyle Chandler blew up in Season 3. Everything since then has been a dream. You’ll see when the smoke monster shows up to eat Cristina.

  19. sabrina says:

    Option 1 is the best way for her to go, but I could accept option 3 as well.

  20. Cory says:

    I can see them shipping her off to work with the foreign doctors they trained this past season (Romania?). It would be a challenge for her, which she lives for, it would be a BIG deal on a resume in the future, AND it would take her far from Owen.

  21. Caro says:

    I’d LOVE for her to get back together with Burke, but I doubt Shonda Rhimes would hook up Yang with Isaiah Washington’s character. I think she’s not the forgiving type…
    But it would be a GREAT story line IMO; Burke & Yang as a churgical power couple and a couple in ‘real life’.

  22. Trace says:

    I like option 1. I want Cristina to have a happy ending and some major success in her career. I also love Addison so it all works.

  23. Emma says:

    For a character who is all about her career, I think it would be so fitting for her to leave with some great promotion. Cristina deserves that!

  24. Laura B says:

    I think 1 and 3 are the most plausible. But it doesn’t have to be Addison, any of her past mentors would be better (Hahn, teddy, Burke) and as for number 3 I think that after all Cristina came back to Seattle fore the wrong reasons, so leaving again to work for one of the best hospitals in the country sounds about right

  25. Emma says:

    Recast Burke and have them kiss and make up!

  26. kate says:

    At this point, to me, Cristina is the only one on the show who deserves to live. So Shonda will kill her off. She always goes for the cheap shock/emotion rather than any kind of actual deep storytelling.

  27. Tony says:

    I’ve always said Burke needs to come back and provide some closure to his story. A recast is something I never gave much thought to. If it had to be anyone, Idris Elba would be a great choice.

    I also like the other option of Addison offering her a job in LA. If you can’t get Kate Walsh back, I say bring on KaDee Strickland as Charlotte to woo her to LA (seeing as she is/was the actual COS at St Ambrose)

  28. Daniel says:

    I have a feeling Grey’s will last for a season or two more. (But, hey, I could easily be wrong). So, rather than kill her off, Cristina should depart for a job opportunity which allows her to fully realize her potential. This would allow Owen to have what he craves, and for her to be true to herself. Plus, when Grey’s really does come to an end, Sandra has hinted that she would be more than willing to star in another episode or two. Killing her off would be the easy solution, and, given that this is Grey’s, the most predictable one.

  29. Persona says:

    since when are sex friends an old flame? cristina had no emotional attatchment to that tool at Mayo i guess you would know that if you actually watched

  30. Mika02 says:

    I’m with Scenerio 2 and 1 in that order I loved Burke and Christina. But if she moves on to fulfill her career dreams I won’t be upset at that either.

  31. Dags says:

    If Shonda kills off Cristina, I’m done with her shows. This actor has made the show for so many years. Don’t “Izzy” her…

    • Vet says:

      AMEN!!! I have faithfully watched her shows, but I draw the line if she kills Christina. Yang deserves to follow Teddy to a cardio wing & win the Harper Avery. She can come back and visit her BFF Mer but seriously the killing off” was used up on Mark & Lexi. Leave Christina alone to go on and be happy for once.

  32. Mandy says:

    It’s tough because Christina literally owns part of the hospital. Why would she leave it?!? She can’t die (it would tear the show apart) but I don’t know why she would leave. She is one character that I literally want to wrap up the whole show instea of see her leave. I want to imagine her there forever.

  33. Aussie says:

    I like the first scenario but I think she definately needs to win the Harper Avery award before packing up. Remember the Avery foundation does own the hospital as well and 2 of the key voters are going to under your nose Jackson and mamma.

  34. Clayton says:

    Or there could be a fifth scenario. I don’t know. I don’t see any of those working in context of the character. I mean, the death maybe only because death is random, but with everything that Christina has been through, I can’t imagine death would be the proper send off for her. As some have mentioned, I could see her going away with Teddy. Kim Ravers isn’t attached to any series since NCIS: RED didn’t get picked up. I would love for Burke to return for a little bit. And Addison. And Izzie – I think I’m the only person here who wants that character to come back, and that’s fine. It’d be nice to have a little bit of Grey’s Genesis characters to return. It’s too soon to speculate right now anyway, we have 24 episodes to get through. I’m sure Christina’s departure won’t be focused on until the second half of the season.

  35. Angela says:

    “No” to Christina joining Addy. From a character standpoint it makes no sense; they never had a relationship. She wins the Harper Avery Award and is offered her dream job, wherever that may be.

  36. DarkDefender says:

    Don’t like any of these options. For sure, she needs to not die. My vote goes to having her get the job of a lifetime.. As head of surgical cardiology at St.Eligius Hospital. Replacing Dr. Mark Daniels. ;)

  37. Tania says:

    I’m very sure she will not die. They like her and they want her back for the end of the show, which will like be after Season 12-ish. Addy makes no sense, but Teddy does. If they sent Cristina off to work in the field somewhere, like for that agency Teddy works for, she wouldn’t have to sell her GSM shares – she could sign over her voting rights to someone like, oh… Bailey (which is what I totally predict will happen). I think she’s basically going to reach the point where she hates owning the hospital and needs to feel more like a surgeon again, find her purpose. And get away from Owen because it hurts too much.

    I also like the idea of Hahn coming back. That would be interesting because it would stir things up for Callie and Arizona.

  38. Sarah says:

    Cristina Yang is easily one of my favorite characters on TV and I’m already so sad to start the new season knowing she is leaving. She has had brilliant moments through the years and her exit needs to match/top them all. That being said, there are GLARING faults in her story…Shondha Rhimes, I’m looking at you girl! The woman who never wants kids accidentally gets pregnant twice!?!? And this same aversion to anything not career prevents her from being with a smart, kind man who loves her and pushes her to be more!?!? Am I the only one who wants her to get the career AND the man!?

    • trainwreck says:

      i dont find her character getting prggo twice a flaw as it just REINFORCED that she does not want a kid – she might have grown up as a brilliant and compassionate surgeon but she is till the hardcore career loving Cristina we know. I too want her to have the MAN, but neither Owen (or Burke!) ever wanted her to be what she is… they wanted their own contrived versions of her.

  39. burktina fan says:

    My vote goes to option 2. Idris Elba as Burke would be fantastic.

  40. MJ says:

    I don’t want Cristina to die! I want her to be kick ass and get a Harper Avery or something like that. She can then go and be awesome somewhere else!

  41. Phil says:

    No death please!!! I really like the St. Ambrose thing. It shows us that the people of Private Practice do still exist. I miss that show. Would be cool if they showed her meet at St. Ambrose so that we can get a glimpse of some of our faves from PP!

  42. Saabgirlatx says:

    I like the Teddy idea and probably any amazing career move to a more prominent hospital, her inventing sime technique and traveling the world teaching it etc. would fit with her character. Plus that would technically keep her in Mers life with mentions and visits we just wouldn’t see her.

    NO to a death – that would be a total cop out no matter how it is handled. I mean we already have been through a Lost-style plane crash and multiple strong characters killed off. The body count is just too high and would be a lame send off for a character with such depth.

  43. kavyn says:

    It’ll definitely have something to do with her career and not a death, but if scenario #4 happened I would probably die laughing.

  44. BriDeSi says:

    Christina has always been my favorite. I hope she wins the Harper Avery award and gets to head up her own cardiothoracic surgical unit offered to her by Teddy or Hahn. Call me crazy, but I do want to see Christina have closure with the whole Burke storyline. Not get back together but just have that moment where she can say to him you left me in pieces but in spite of that I’m gifted and brilliant and I’ve survived without you.
    As far as leaving, she wouldn’t have to give up her shares but if she does I agree with giving them to Bailey.
    SN: I hope the show ends with either Richard back at COS or Bailey as COS.

  45. Abigail says:

    Can’t see #3 as Mayo would always remind her of her “old man friend”/mentor/father figure. Would hate #2 as always detested Burke due to his arrogance, but could see the variation of #1 if it were Teddy doing the offering. Definitely don’t want to see her die!

  46. Marie says:

    What about a flashback to the funny “what if” that was done earlier with Weber and Mer’s mom married and Mer about to marry Alex, etc. (can’t remember when that one was). Anyway, in that “what if” show, Callie was married to Owen and they had a family. So…what if Callie and Owen did get together, and Cristina couldn’t stand to see Owen with Callie and with a family, so she took one of the aforementioned jobs?

  47. Jay says:

    Either it’s Cris will leave cos Owen does find someone else and it’s too hard on her /or/ Cris has met a man who’s well past his child rearing years and wants her to move away from Seattle to live with him

  48. amber says:

    Come back.burke!!!! Or addie

  49. Subrina Pechacek says:

    I like number one better because it does seem more plausible for Christina to have her own wing. The thing about burke well that went out years ago. And I think that she was so happy that she did not marry burke after all. And besides we know where her heart is and it is with owen. I do not think that she would want to hurt him like that the other one which would be going back to minnestoa is ok but the last one I do not like. She needs to go off into the sunset and doing something that she wants to do. I do not want to see her getting killed off.

  50. Carolyn says:

    Christina discovers she is pregnant with Owen’s child……decides to have it and dies in childbirth.

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