Grey's Anatomy Relationship Drama: Who May Be Doomed?
Sara Ramirez and Jessica Capshaw | Photo Credits: Ron Tom/ABC
As Grey's Anatomy heads towards its ninth season finale, it seems the impending super storm won't be the only trouble for the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital docs!
We already know Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) will face some problems on the baby front, but it's the relationship front that has everyone worried. Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) may cheat on Callie (Sara Ramirez), Cristina (Sandra Oh) may have to break up with Owen (Kevin McKidd) again because of the baby issue and Alex (Justin Chambers) may finally find his person in Jo (Camilla Luddington). With so many futures up in the air, TVGuide.com turned to executive producer Shonda Rhimes to get the scoop:
Arizona and Callie:
Arizona is skating on thin ice after striking up a flirtation with Lauren Boswell (Hilarie Burton), a doctor from another hospital who is assisting with a GSM case and has it bad for Dr. Robbins, who happens to be married to Callie, lest anyone has forgotten. Remember, outraged fans: Happy people don't make for good storytelling!
"From a storytelling perspective, they could be happy and hold hands and skip around, I guess, and that would be fine, but they would get two seconds of screen time. Or we could really present them with some really complex challenges and allow them to deal with them and to see some interesting things," Rhimes says and adds that she's been reading up on how people deal with grief and PTSD, something both Callie and Arizona have struggled with since the plane crash.
Unfortunately, Arizona cheating is a very real possibility, with Rhimes insisting this the situation won't just amount to unrequited glances and promo trickery. "Have you ever known me to do that?"
"I don't know where they're going to end up out of this, I really don't," she continues. "But I do know that both Jessica and Sara and myself, we're all really excited about it. It's a very thrilling story for these characters and really complex. It allows for a lot of interesting growth, movement and change. It's a journey and we'll see where it goes. Where we're heading this season is the culmination of the journey that we've been on all season long."
Cristina and Owen:
With the introduction of Ethan, the son of two patients — one of which has died and the other of which is in a coma — Owen's desire for children has bubbled up to the surface, something that caused him and Cristina to re-evaluate their marriage the first time around. But Rhimes stands by her decision to make Cristina uncompromising when it comes to children. So could they even find a compromise? "I don't know," Rhimes admits. "I don't know what compromise you make when one person wants kids and one doesn't."
"I feel like we have a character who is a genius," Rhimes continues. "She's a surgical genius and she feels a hum when she's performing surgery, and it makes her feel whole and she does not feel a need to have children. She feels very complete without it, and Owen does not feel the same way. I feel like that is a fundamental problem in their relationship, and they've been avoiding it for a million reasons, one of which was that she was in a plane crash and she was trying to pull herself together."