'Grey's Anatomy' Aftergasm: The Pros and Cons of Izzie Dying
'Grey's Anatomy' Aftergasm: The Pros and Cons of Izzie Dying
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
What happened wasn't really surprising. But now that the cat is out of the bag on Grey's Anatomy, we can focus on the more important issue - is Izzie (Katherine Heigl) going to survive her bout with cancer. The odds are stacked up against her, surely, the wedding was too A Walk to Remember (which means she'd eventually die), she recently got a visit from her mother, and Dead!Denny (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) once again started loitering around the halls of Seattle Grace - in black, to boot.  Dream wedding, mother, dead ex-boyfriend. Izzie's fate looks sealed.

While the matter of Izzie's departure had been discussed a lot of times, I think the fact that it's right in the corner gives a little more credence to the question.  Surely, there are converts along the way in this live-or-die Izzie debate; those who initially couldn't wait to get rid of her now hoping that she lives and those who wanted her to survive and now, after a great wedding, have conceded that it's time that she goes.

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Izzie dying: Pros

Room for one more character? Despite complains from some Grey's Anatomy fans that Seattle Grace had become too crowded, Izzie's death means the writers have one less character to worry about.  This might give them the flexibility to either introduce a new character, bring back someone from before (like Erica Hahn, just a suggestion), or perhaps give more screen time to oft-ignored characters now (such as George, supposing he doesn't leave).

Closure.  It'll be very anticlimactic if, after getting her dream wedding and a visit from her mother, Izzie doesn't die, not to mention a little unrealistic (5 percent is 5 percent).  One important thing that Izzie's death will bring Grey's Anatomy is closure for her character.  After all, she had hallucinations of Dead!Denny for far too long than almost anyone hoped, and if such going for naught will be awfully disappointing.

Chance of returning. If Heigl indeed leaves Grey's Anatomy, not killing her means she'd be able to drop by every so often on the show.

Izzie dying: Cons

Poor Alex.  Hands down, the most devastated character in the event of Izzie's death is new husband Karev (Justin Chambers).  After a string of "crazy chicks," it looks she finally found someone relatively sane and she dies on him.

You'll miss Izzie, admit it. Despite complaints from some fans that she can be annoying, Izzie, as was previously pointed out, provides a necessary contrast to the gloom of Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Cristina (Sandra Oh). Think about it. Sure, Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) can be annoyingly perky, too, but not in the same scale as Izzie. Seattle Grace is gloomy as it is.

No more Dead!Denny. Enough said.

What can you add in the list? Comment away.

- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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