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May 17, 2012 at 10:59 PM EDT

Grey's Anatomy

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Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, Justin Chambers, James Pickens Jr.

Shonda Rhimes is fierce. But not in the Tyra “Oh, you look so fierce” Banks way. I mean fierce as in “I’m not afraid to kill off one of my beloved characters all in the name of good television” kind of way.

In the weeks before tonight’s season finale, the executive producer and creator behind the show has made no secret of the fact that we should brace ourselves to say goodbye to a cast member before the season ends. Note how I said “cast member” and not “doctor.”

Last week’s episode ran relatively calm as the residents made their decisions to leave Seattle Grace or stay put — until the last two minutes, when a plane carrying a handful of doctors crashed somewhere in the Northwestern wilderness. So who is leaving us tonight? We know Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Ellen Pompeo, and Justin Chambers are signed on for two more seasons, so I’m counting them out. But here are my thoughts on which character might be signing off:

Adele: Played by the outstanding Loretta Devine, Adele has been suffering from a severe case of Alzheimer’s this season, which is why it’s important to note that a cast member is leaving. Adele’s condition has been consistently deteriorating, so much so that she’s fallen in love with another Alzheimer’s patient and has started sleeping with him. My heart broke when Richard walked in on them, and I wouldn’t be shattered if she was the one to leave. Outside the comfort of Dr. Catherine Avery, Richard needs some peace of mind.

Callie/Arizona: The loving couple had a minimal amount of hardship this year until Arizona had to deal with a failed surgery for a terminally ill friend. In her despair from the news, Arizona asked Callie to promise to never leave her. This reeks of foreshadowing.

April: She not only failed to pass her boards, but she also couldn’t secure a position at any hospital, including Seattle Grace. Given her ultra-neurotic disposition, April has been quickly unraveling, culminating with a rapid exit from Joe’s bar last week as Avery tried to comfort her. To picture it is giving me chills, but I think we could see April commit suicide.

Take your guess below.

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