Last night on Grey’s Anatomy, Cristina Yang hopped in a cab, headed to the airport, and left Seattle to start her new life as a director of cardiothoracic surgery in Switzerland. Oh, and she had Shane by her side. But was the exit good enough for Cristina Yang, one of television’s greatest characters? I’m on the fence.
On one hand, I liked how the episode sort of downplayed her goodbye. The show had been building to it for weeks — and since it wasn’t as if she was dying, keeping things simple helped make Cristina’s farewell felt more realistic. But on the other hand, I felt the episode’s explosion storyline was totally unnecessary. All it did was pull attention away from Cristina. No, she wasn’t dying — but she was moving to freaking Switzerland. It’s not as if she packed up and settled two states away.
I was very satisfied with Cristina and Meredith’s goodbye. Between dancing it out and Cristina’s final speech, the Twisted Sisters got the temporary farewell they deserved. And I also loved how Cristina left things with Derek and Alex. Owen, however, got the short end of the stick. Maybe he didn’t get a goodbye because we haven’t seen the last of them, but what we did see was just heartbreaking. Or maybe it was brave. I’m not sure Cristina would’ve been able to leave if she’d had to say goodbye to him properly.
Because I’m on the fence, I’ll pass the question to you: