Fear- the force that makes us move or freeze. It makes us stand still, hide or run away. But it also makes us face it, deal with it, fight it. This force has different faces, shapes and forms and it is always present in people’s life, lurking around and poking us.
Fear was the special guest star in Grey’s Anatomy season 10 finale. It was introduced through an explosion at the Seattle mall, brought into the hospital and made the episode intense enough and fast pacing at times. But this little devil called fear wasn’t just wearing the costume of suspected terrorist attack, like a chameleon it changed its colour and we saw its different faces through the doctors and patients’ eyes. Some of them faced it and confronted it.
We saw the fear in Owen and Alex’ eyes when they thought Cristina might have been dead, in April’s tears who was questioning the future of her unborn child, in Cristina’s inability to leave Seattle because something wasn’t finished. What’s more, Derek faced a fear that probably hasn’t crossed his mind, the fear of choosing between his career and his family.
Callie and Arizona might have found a way to defeat the fear of never having a child. There was an unspoken exchange of words between them, but Arizona’s face and the look in her and Callie’s eyes and the kiss were saying ‘maybe we can try with a surrogate’. Probably the way the entire scene was played out is intentional and deliberate and the subject will be revised when the show returns for its 11th season. The writers built a door and left us hanging.
While the fear was causing chaos, Cristina Yang said her goodbye to the core characters and the audience in a very simple and ordinary way. No muss, no fuss. Meredith Grey was all the way though with Cristina and helped her exit the doors of Grey- Sloan Memorial Hospital.
First stop was Derek- his voice made the goodbye scene taste a bit cheesy and melancholic. Next in line Bailey and Webber- a ‘thank you’ for Bailey, the person who raised the surgical intern Cristina Yang into a great surgeon. Dr. Webber, who has always been the father figure, gave Cristina Yang the most precious gift in the form of the words ‘I’m proud of you’.
We would have been very mistaken if we expected a soapy and cheesy goodbye scene between Owen and Cristina. Their goodbye was quick and eloquent without words, separated through a glass.
Cristina Yang said her goodbye to George O’Malley and Izzie Stevens by simply mentioning them. What’s a bit strange and unexpected is that Callie and Cristina didn’t share a single scene together, Cristina just mentioned their shopping adventure in the mall, which probably served as their goodbye.
Every farewell scene was special and profound in its own way but the scenes that stood out were the last moments Cristina shared with Alex and Meredith.
Cristina Yang didn’t let the opportunity of mocking Alex slip through her fingers while they were performing their last surgery together. What’s more Cristina didn’t only praise Alex’ surgical skills but she showed confidence in him and left him her share of the hospital (Bailey’s excitement over the vacant seat on the hospital board will be crashed next season).
Last but not least was the long goodbye between Meredith and Cristina filled with watery eyes and twisted exchange of words of love. They’ve been dubbed the twisted sisters, they’ve been each other’s person, they had their fare share of ups and downs through all the ten seasons, they stick to each other through thick and thin, they’ve been the face of the true love story. The ‘lovers’ said their goodbye in their special way- dancing it out. Of course Cristina didn’t leave before giving Meredith a piece of her own mind and made her reconsider her needs.
Certainly Grey’s Anatomy won’t be the same with Cristina Yang gone and her diclinous dynamic with Meredith Grey will be missed but one thing is for sure this is not the very end of the twisted sisters. Their love story is a never ending one despite being worlds apart from now on.
And here comes the twister in the Grey’s finale that probably no one saw it coming- another Grey sister emerged out of the blue or more like Grey/ Webber daughter who got appointed as the new head of the cardio department. Mama Grey should be lucky to be dead because now she doesn’t have to give long explanations to Richard Webber why she gave away his child for adoption and never told him about her- of course, this is under the precocious assumption that Webber is the biological father of this Margaret character. What is more interesting why Ellis Grey carried the baby to term and never did an abortion? Will Meredith be having any recollections of her mother being pregnant?
Apart from Yang’s leaving two more characters left the famous Seattle hospital- Leah Murphy and Shane Ross. Certainly they won’t be missed. At least one of them found his mojo- Shane who decided to jump on a plane and go with Cristina to Switzerland.
Bottom line, Grey’s Anatomy finale was particularly quiet and modest one, no spectacular cliff-hanger, no dying doctors. Every character’s story line was left open, which means their stories could go in any direction next season. Until then drink it in, dance it out and don’t fear for the unknown!
“Whenever we think we know the future, even for a second, it changes. Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely and we are left only with the choice of what to do next. We can choose to be afraid of it, to stand there trembling, not moving assuming the worst that can happen. Or we step forward into the unknown and assume it will be brilliant.”