The cast of Grey's Anatomy love to toy with our emotions off-screen just as much as they do on-screen. For close to a year, rumors have gone back and forth regarding the fate of our favorite on-again-off-again medical couple, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey), as their contracts expire at the end of Season 8. And according to series creator Shonda Rhimes, the end of the McDreamy couple is still entirely possible.
Though both stars have shown interest in returning next season, the series creator recently told TV Guide that the couple's future on the show remains in jeopardy. For her part, Rhimes is all for the actors staying on board for more seasons and said, "I have my fingers crossed. What I think is really lovely is that everybody wants to come back."
But just in case things don't work out, Rhimes has a plan for the finale that will work regardless of who signs on for Season 9. Warning: spoilers ahead!