'Grey's Anatomy' creator: I don't kill everyone

Shonda Rhimes.
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By Ree Hines

As we near the end of yet another season of "Grey's Anatomy," it's time for fans to wonder about the next tragedy on the way for the gang at Grace-Mercy, er, Grey-Sloan. (That still doesn't sound right.) After all, the show's season enders have a reputation for bringing big drama -- and a bus wreck here, a shooter there, and one massive plane crash.

But despite all the past calamities, show creator Shonda Rhimes thinks she's got a bad rap. Sure, she might write plenty of madness and mayhem into the plot, but it's not like she kills fan favorites all the time.

"Everyone thinks I kill everybody -- and I don’t," she recently told TVLine. "I was doing a tally, and I’ve only killed three series regulars, (while) four series regular (characters) just left into the ether somewhere to do other things in other hospitals. I don’t kill everybody."

Does that mean fans can go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief ahead of the show's May 16 finale?

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No, the episode, which is called "Perfect Storm," promises to bring gloom and doom and death.

In fact, "there's a lot of emotional death," Rhimes recently told The Hollywood Reporter.

And she's has continued to tweak the content of the episode too.

"OK, I said I changed end of GA finale at last minute," she tweeted earlier this week. "I said all bets were off. I said hug a friend. I love y'all. Dearly. #youvebeenwarned."

The superstorm action actually kicks off this Thursday (in "Readiness Is All"), with the full not-killing-everyone effects hitting on finale night.

Take a look a preview of how it all begins.

"Grey's Anatomy" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.