Do you remember in the old days--before the internet mass media machine? When you were honestly surprised by what happened on a t.v. show?
In 1975, M*A*S*H, shocked the heck out of everyone when the helicopter carrying Col. Henry Black went down. According to wikipedia, it was the first time a major character was killed off in a television show.
A few years later, 1980 to be exact, Dallas captivated a nation when JR was shot. Not that any of us believed he would die--after all, what would Dallas be without JR? Inconceivable. But who shot him?
That summer there were several magazines devoted to the mystery surrounding who shot him and it was the water-cooler talk for weeks.And when Dallas premiered in the fall, almost everyone had at least one t.v. tuned in to see who shot JR.
My question to you. Could those two events happen in today's hyperactive media machine? Can a major character die or be shot without anyone leaking the incident? Can we be still be surprised or shocked?
Back to Grey's Anatomy. My money is on Little Grey to bite the dust. She's had a lack-luster year, like the writers don't know exactly what to do with her. Basically, she's pined after Mark all season and whined to Derek in x-ray view rooms.
Plus, her death affects many of the other players, opening up storylines. So, from a writing standpoint, that's what I'd do.
But--BUT---wouldn't her death or any other death--have been more shocking and emotional, had we not been warned it was coming?
PS> thank you, Patrick Dempsey for signing on for a couple more years.