Tamara Sestanj Staff Writer
Grey’s season finale had surprise after surprise, but the greatest moments of the show were not from the surprises, but rather what everyone knew was coming: the departure of Cristina Yang. As any good Grey's Anatomy fan knows, when Cristina Yang does goodbyes, she does them in the most poetic, beautiful way possible.
Cristina Yang has grown into many roles on Grey’s Anatomy throughout the years. She’s been the anti-social overachiever, the woman left at the altar, the divorcee, and the Harper-Avery award nominee – many of these roles were quickly captured in the collage of Yang photos during the opening credits of the show. So naturally, a woman with so many roles and such an impact on the show would have a grand, episode-long farewell – but it’s never been Cristina Yang’s way.
In fact, Cristina Yang’s departure is put on the back burner from the beginning of the episode due to a possible terrorist attack. At some points, Yang even makes us wonder if she’s ever going to leave; she is constantly pushing her departure back. Throughout the episode, Yang searches for the feeling of conclusion that she needs so that she can the hospital that she grew up in. She delays her goodbye to Owen, she helps with the victims of the explosion, and she even attempts to do one final heart transplant in the midst of the chaos.
But what Yang finally realizes is that she doesn’t have to say goodbye as a surgeon or as Owen’s lover, despite all her roles at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital. Her most important role has been being Meredith’s “person.” In Yang-Grey fashion, with more dancing than talking done, they have the proper goodbye--and the most important love story Grey’s Anatomy deserves.
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