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As difficult a it was for Grey's Anatomy fans to watch two of their favorite characters exit the series during last week's season finale, it was even harder for the actresses' costars. Jesse Williams, who plays bedroom-eyed Dr. Jackson Avery, was shocked to find out that Kim Raver and Chyler Leigh were leaving the show.
"I was sad to lose those guys. We love them to death, they're really, really beautiful people and it was difficult," Williams told Us Weekly at Sunday's 27th Anniversary Sports Spectacular in Century City, Calif. "It was kind of depressing."
Williams, 30, didn't know the characters of Dr. Teddy Altman and Dr. Lexie Grey were exiting the show (via job transfer and unexpected death, respectively) until the episode's table read with the entire cast. The farewells made Williams wonder what the future holds for his Dr. Avery -- who, like the rest of the recently board-certified Seattle Grace doctors, is supposedly headed to another hospital to start a fellowship.
"Everybody is supposedly leaving, one way or another," said Williams, who joined ABC's hit medical series in 2009.
Known for her surprise endings and shocking cliffhangers, creator Shonda Rhimes took to Twitter after the season finale to provide some perspective.
"This finale was incredibly hard to write. I did not enjoy it. It made me sick and it made me sad. We end the season not knowing anything about the future. Except for two things. We know we are definitely saying goodbye to two of my favorite people: Chyler Leigh (Lexie) and Kim Raver (Teddy)," Rhimes explained.
But there may be even more sad goodbyes to come. The season finale ended with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), Christina (Sandra Oh), Derek (Patrick Dempsey), Mark (Eric Dane) and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) all stranded in the woods after their plane crash. Rhimes dished to E! News about next season, hinting that there may be more character deaths on the horizon.
"They're still out there in the forest, and we don't know if they are going to be okay," she said. "We left it open for a reason because…I hate to say this, but just because you saw people alive at the end of the finale doesn't mean they're going to be alive when the season starts up. We are completely jumping off into the unknown next season."
So at this point, it's a mystery as to where the plot will go. And knowing his boss' penchant for shaking things up, Williams says he's not one to forecast what will happen on the series.
"I gave up predicting on that show after my first year," the Cabin in the Woods star said. "I spent my whole first year thinking I knew what the hell I was talking about, and now I just don't even pretend."