From TV Line
PREVIOUSLY ON GREY'S ANATOMY: Lexie died and Derek, Meredith, Cristina, Arizona and Mark remained stranded in the aftermath of the plane crash. Back at Seattle Grace, Teddy resigned, Bailey and Ben got engaged, and Jackson and Alex accepted positions at Tulane and Johns Hopkins, respectively.
COMING UP NEXT: The premiere, which picks up several months after Lexie's death, will quickly answer two questions: Who survived the crash (Derek, Mer and Cristina are safe, a confirmed-to-exit Mark and an in-limbo Arizona remain question marks) and which of the docs actually followed through on those new job opportunities. "You come back to discover that a lot of them are having a hard time, even the ones who stayed [at Seattle Grace]," reveals series creator Shonda Rhimes. "All of our interns are now attendings so they're all in new circumstances." Rhimes has dubbed Season 9 the Year of Romance, a theme she confirms will extend to Dere/Mer and, believe it or not, Cristina/Owen. "They're going to find their way back to one another, but it's going to be a long journey," she warns of the latter, fractured pair. "I want everyone to be clear on that."
Elsewhere, this season's second episode will flash back to shed new light on what happened immediately following the plane crash, and Alex will at long last find a love with "somebody who doesn't leave him for once."
TVLINE BONUS SPOILER With Mark out of the picture, Derek will be in the market for a new BFF. Who will fill that void? "Derek and Callie become very good friends," reveals Rhimes. "When we come back we see that they have become very good friends; they spent a lot of time together in the intervening months."
Edited by Julie615, Sep 6, 2012 @ 12:18 PM.