Another MAJOR character bit the dust on the season premiere of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ on Sept. 27. Find out why I think it was the right decision!
Shonda explained the reason for Mark’s death (outside of the reason that Eric Dane may have left the show) and she said:
“For me, this one is the most tragic. I’m VERY attached to Mark Sloan. He’s part of the fabric of the show. Before he ever even appeared on the show, the characters discussed him. He is one of the originals. I had many options for ways Mark could leave the how. But any option that didn’t include him dying required him to a) grieve for Lexie indefinitely and b) willingly walk away from his daughter. We fought about this incessantly in the Writers Room. I didn’t want to Mark to die but, as the writers rightfully argued back, Mark couldn’t abandon Sofia and he certainly couldn’t abandon Callie once Arizona’s leg was amputated. And even if he left, he’d what? Wander the Earth forever loving Lexie, missing his child and never finding happiness. Hmm…that doesn’t sound like what I want for my beloved Mark Sloan. I kept pitching that he goes to L.A. and runs off with Addison. I loved that idea. But it still required Mark to abandon his child and abandon Arizona. And it meant that I’d have to scrap all the plans I had for Addison this season – and her plans are wonderful. Also, that would somehow suggest that everything he said to Lexie when she was dying was easily forgotten. So…I fought it and I debated it and tossed and turned about it but in the end, I had to do what was right for the integrity of the character. Mark would never abandon willingly Sofia and he would never willingly abandon Callie. So Mark dies. And he and Lexie get to be together in a way. Their love remains true.”
I have to wholeheartedly agree with this viewpoint. Because I was a HUGE fan of the Lexie/Mark storyline, Mark without Lexie would have never worked. Shonda spent a number of seasons building the angst between Mark and Lexie, branding them as one of the most rooted for couples of the series.
I have to admit — I’m still mad at Shonda for killing off Lexie. I may never get over it — just like I’ll never forgive her for having Izzie exit the show. But I have to accept that these events occurred. And Lexie isn’t coming back. So, would we want a depressed Mark for the rest of the series? No. Because, you know as well as I know, we — as viewers — wouldn’t accept Mark with anyone EXCEPT Lexie.
So as sad as Mark’s death is, I totally understand the creative reasoning for his exit.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Do YOU agree?
— Chris Rogers
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