As Patrick Dempsey’s character on Grey’s Anatomy once said, “We’ve survived an unusual number of very bad things.”
If that statement doesn’t perfectly describe every season of the hit ABC show, we don’t know what will. We felt it was only fitting to take a walk down memory lane and relive some of the most unbearable moments from the series.
There have been so many characters that have come and gone on Grey’s, but each has impacted the experience of the show in some way. Advice: Grab some tissues!
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When Meredith Removes the Bomb
Season 2 / Episode: “As We Know It”
Meredith removes a bomb from a man’s body before handing it off to a bomb squad member. Moments later, the bomb detonates in the hallway. Every die hard Grey's fan remembers that heart-stopping moment when Meredith steps out of the room to look down the hallway right before it explodes.
When Denny Duquette's Heart Fails
Season 2 / Episode: “Losing My Religion”
In the finale of season 2, Dr. Izzy Stevens had to say goodbye to the love of her life Denny Duquette. The emotional moment ended with Dr. Alex Karev carrying Stevens collapsed body out of the hospital. This still stands as possibly the most unfair death in the entire series next to McDreamy's. We won't lie, when Denny died we lost a little faith in true love (and screamed a lot of profanities at Shonda Rhimes).
When Meredith Figures out 007 Is George O'Malley
Season 5 / Episode: “Now Or Never”
The moment when the heroic John Doe became George O’Malley was unforgettable. O’Malley was brought into the hospital after getting hit by a bus and was unrecognizable because of his injuries and inability to speak until he outlined the numbers “007” onto Meredith’s palm. And then the torturous arc where they weren't sure if it was him or not?! Nothing more heartwrenching than those excruciating moments.
When Lexie Dies After the Plane Crash
Season 8 / Episode: “Flight”
It wouldn’t be a Shonda Rhimes show if there weren’t continual tragedies. Lexie, Meredith, Derek, Cristina, Mark and Arizona were all involved in a horrific plane crash. You know which plane crash we're talking about. Lexie was injured and found underneath a part of the collapsed plane. When Dr. McSteamy expressed his love for Lexie while she was dying was a moment we could not physically and emotionally handle. In fact, we still can't. Pass those tissues.
When Mark Sloan Succumbs to His Plane Crash Injuries
Season 9 / Episode: “Going, Going, Gone”
Dr. McSteamy is on life support in the beginning of the season 9 premiere. We learn that he requested to be “let go” if there were no signs of recovery after 30 days, according to his will. He dies in the presence of Derek and Callie, and our lives were never the same. Losing Lexie was ridiculously heart-shattering, and then we had this sweet, sweet moment where we thought we might pull McSteamy back. I mean, we needed McSteamy after that tragedy. So this, well, just watch the movie and prepare yourself for a very cathartic, very ugly sob.
When a Shooter Threatens the Entire Hospital
Season 6 / Episode: “Sanctuary”/”Death And All His Friends”
This two-part episode may have been one of the most unbearable arcs ever. A shooter was on the loose in the hospital, leaving everyone in danger. He came back for revenge and shot Derek, Karev and a handful of interns. The suspense, the agony, the fear in Bailey's eyes and the heartbreak when she says she's a nurse. Ugh, just take us now.
When Meredith Has a Miscarriage
Season 6 / Episode: “Sanctuary”/”Death And All His Friends”
In the same two-part episode, Meredith has a miscarriage in an operating room shortly after witnessing her husband Derek get shot. She focuses on Hunt's life more than her own and shows her true colors in this moment, but it's clear she's crumbling. And in true Shonda fashion, the lingering effects of this moment hang over Mer's head for many, many episodes to come.
When Meredith and Cristina Say Goodbye
Season 10 / Episode: “Fear (Of The Unknown)”
Cristina has decided to leave the hospital, but not before she shares her final goodbyes with her best friend. Cristina tells Meredith, "Don't get on little tiny planes that can crash, or stick your hand in a body cavity that has a bomb in it, or offer your life to a gunman. Don't do that. Don't be a hero. You're my person. I need you alive. You make me brave."
In typical Cristina and Meredith fashion, the end the episode with a dance party. The only silver lining to this heartbreaker is that Cristina didn't die. Which, you know, some of us spent a lot of the episode thinking would happen because let's be real, that's how Shonda typically rolls.
When Jackson and April's Baby Dies in Her Arms
Season 11 / Episode: “All I Could Do Was Cry”
April and Jackson’s baby boy was baptized and died in the arms of his parents after a few moments of living. As if Jackson and April hadn't been through enough at this point, the loss of their son caused an avalanche of crappy times to come. This show is phenomenal at dragging out the heartbreak.
When We Were All Stunned With McDreamy's Death
Season 11 / Episode: “How To Save a Life”
We may still be angry about this death. No, scratch that, we are DEFINITELY still angry about this death. Like, straight up furious. Who kills McDreamy?!?! Meredith became a widow after Derek was injured in a car accident with an irreparable brain injury (in a sickly ironic twist, an irreparable brain injury that Derek probably would have been able to save himself from if he had been the surgeon in charge of his case). We will never, ever, in a million years be over this death. Don't try to get us to move on, it will not happen.
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