1/12The dearly departed:Hospitals are no strangers to death. Sick people go there, sometimes they die. But "Grey's Anatomy's" Seattle Grac... Show More »Hospitals are no strangers to death. Sick people go there, sometimes they die. But "Grey's Anatomy's" Seattle Grace might actually be cursed. This hospital has been plagued by bombs, deranged gunmen, plane crashes -- the works. Over the course of 8 seasons, we've seen a lot of deaths on the show, and with Season 9 about to begin, the fates of several characters including Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) and Mark (Eric Dane) are hanging in the balance.
We thought we'd take a look back at the 10 most memorable deaths in Seattle Grace history before we have to start adding to the list.
--Carina Adly MacKenzie, Zap2it « Less
2/12Jake Burton (Jesse Plemons):15-year-old Jake suffered from a disease commonly known as "Lionitis," which presents with calcium build-up in the f... Show More »15-year-old Jake suffered from a disease commonly known as "Lionitis," which presents with calcium build-up in the face and skull, causing facial deformities. Though he was at Seattle Grace to see Derek, as the tumors may be affecting his brain.
It was also Mark Sloane's first episode, and as a plastic surgeon, he thought he could help make Jake look more normal -- which is all he'd ever wanted. At the prospect of a facial reconstruction, Jake was ecstatic. Unfortunately, he died on Derek's table before he ever got to look like an average kid.
In one of the most bizarre scenes ever, Mark decides to perform the reconstruction postmortem. At least Jake would be handsome for his funeral? « Less
3/12William Dunn (Eric Stoltz):William was a serial killer on death row who got shanked. Seeing as he'd killed five women and seemed to have no... Show More »William was a serial killer on death row who got shanked. Seeing as he'd killed five women and seemed to have no remorse (and was headed for a lethal injection), Derek wasn't exactly psyched about treating the patient. Upon hearing that Dunn was a perfect match for a young patient in need of a transplant, even Bailey considered leaving him for dead on the operating table in order to harvest his organs. Dunn even tried to brutally kill himself in the hospital -- by bashing his own brains in -- so that the young boy could benefit from his death. No dice, though... Dunn was killed via lethal injection. Meredith attended his execution. His viable organs were wasted. « Less
4/12Bonnie Crasnoff (Monica Keena):In a horrific train crash, Bonnie and a complete stranger, Tom, were impaled together on a pole. Bonnie kept in g... Show More »In a horrific train crash, Bonnie and a complete stranger, Tom, were impaled together on a pole. Bonnie kept in good spirits throughout the ordeal, even making friends with Tom and joking with the doctors. When it became apparent that only one of them could be saved -- and that Bonnie's injuries were far more severe -- she was sacrificed in surgery to save Tom. She asked Derek to tell her fiancee, Danny, that "if love were enough," she would still be with him. « Less
5/12Henry Burton (Scott Foley):Out of all the "Grey's Anatomy" deaths, this is the one that made us want to send 400 angry letters to Shonda Rh... Show More »Out of all the "Grey's Anatomy" deaths, this is the one that made us want to send 400 angry letters to Shonda Rhimes' house. (Lucky for her, our writing hand got tired after like 68.)
Henry and Teddy got married so that he could benefit from her health insurance, but their connection deepened, and they became one of the most effective love stories in the long-running series. Things were looking good for Henry -- he was feeling healthy and even considering a medical career of his own -- when complications arose. Unable to do the surgery herself, Teddy chose Cristina to operate on her husband. Cristina had no idea who it was on her table when she discovered that his tumor had eroded through his aorta. Her realization that it was Henry on her table, after calling time of death, was one of the most powerful moments we've seen from Sandra Oh in a long and storied career of powerful moments. « Less
6/12Charles Percy (Robert Baker):We barely got to know Charles before he was fatally shot by the gunman, but that didn't make it any less painf... Show More »We barely got to know Charles before he was fatally shot by the gunman, but that didn't make it any less painful. His dying wish for Bailey to tell Reed that he loved her was the worst because 1) Reed didn't love him back and 2) Reed was already long dead by then.
Charles returned for the Season 8 "alternate universe" episode, in which he muttered, "Shoot me now." Get it? « Less
7/12Reed Adamson (Nora Zehetner):Reed was one of the pesky Mercy West doctors brought in to stir the pot in Season 6, and one of April's best f... Show More »Reed was one of the pesky Mercy West doctors brought in to stir the pot in Season 6, and one of April's best friends. She wasn't exactly a fan favorite character -- her affair with Mark and dismissal of Charles left a bad taste in our mouths.
But everyone was shocked when she was abruptly shot in the head by grieving widower, Gary Clark when she was too distracted to help him find Derek -- his intended target. Her death kicked off the shooting episode that had fans reeling. « Less
8/12Dylan Young (Kyle Chandler):We never knew much about Dylan's background, but he's one of the most memorable characters the show has se... Show More »We never knew much about Dylan's background, but he's one of the most memorable characters the show has seen. When it was discovered that there was a live, undetonated bomb inside a man's ribcage, the bomb squad was brought in -- led by
Coach Eric Taylor, Savor of The WorldDylan. He didn't mince words or sugarcoat the situation, but he did help Meredith extract the bomb from the man's chest, and he did get it away from the patient. Unfortunately, the bomb blew up in Dylan's hands, turning him into a fine "pink mist."
Later, when Meredith "drowned," she was visited by Dylan in the "afterlife." This show is weird, y'all.
(But seriously, there should be rules about not killing off Coach Taylor. Even before he ever even played Coach Taylor.) « Less
9/12Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh):We have to admit, when Lexie first came into the picture, we weren't show the show needed another neurotic, angst... Show More »We have to admit, when Lexie first came into the picture, we weren't show the show needed another neurotic, angst-ridden Grey sister. By the final season, though, we were really rooting for Lexie to find happiness as she pined for Mark and continued to do her best work in the hospital. Finally, he clued in to her feelings for him. "I love you," he swore when he found her in the wreckage of the plane crash, already too far gone to save. "I¿ve always been in love with you. I will always be in love with you. we¿re going to get married and you¿re going to be an amazing surgeon and we¿re going to have 2 or 3 kids. You and me, we¿re going to have the best life, Lex, you and me. We¿re supposed to end up together; we¿re meant to be. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you."
Excuse us, we need a tissue. « Less
10/12George O'Malley (T.R. Knight):We. Love. George. With his heart on his sleeve, George was a favorite from the get-go -- and even throughout ... Show More »We. Love. George. With his heart on his sleeve, George was a favorite from the get-go -- and even throughout that ill-advised romance with Izzie, he remained smart, sweet, and deceptively strong. We weren't surprised when he decided to enlist. We were surprised when a bus accident victim, mutilated beyond recognition, was brought into the hospital -- and turned out to be our very own 007.
"He had tremendous potential as a trauma surgeon. He was very fast on his feet. He could think and act simultaneously under intense pressure.," Owen Hunt told George's mother. "He had tremendous potential. And, you know, he was impatient. He wanted to become better, faster. He wanted to save more lives. He was good. And he was thoughtful and generous. I think in the end, I think he was heroic and noble. And I liked him very much. And I think he gave you a good reason to be very very proud."
We might never get over this one.
11/12Denny Duquette, Jr. (Jeffrey Dean Morgan):Denny was -- in his own words -- a "strong, virile, horse of a man" (seriously, he said that) with a r... Show More »Denny was -- in his own words -- a "strong, virile, horse of a man" (seriously, he said that) with a real lemon of a heart. Izzie fell for him, hard, and put her entire career on the line to get him a new heart -- even though it meant another patient might die.
Her deviance was successful, and he got his new ticker... only to die of a stroke after proposing to her. Ever since then, we'll never hear Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" ever again without crying.
(Of course, the impact of his death was lessened by Izzie's crazy cancer ghost sex hallucinations, but we like to pretend that never happened.) « Less
12/12Doc the dog:Okay, so there are 11 memorable deaths on this list. We couldn't leave out Doc.