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Grey's Anatomy showrunner Shonda Rhimes defended her creative decision to amputate the leg of a fan favorite character, and vowing that the story line would indeed have a happy ending. During the ABC medical drama's eighth-season finale, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), Derek (Patrick Dempsey), Cristina (Sandra Oh), Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) and Mark (Eric Dane) were left stranded after their plane crashed heading from Seattle to Boise, with Lexie (Chyler Leigh) failing to make it out alive. Season nine picked up to flash-forward after the crash, revealing not only that Mark would succumb to the internal injuries sustained in the

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