Shonda Rhimes knows how to keep her audience on the edge of their seat, and how to kill off characters in the most devastating ways. However, it seems that not every character died because the story called for it -- sometimes Rhimes just didn't the actor in the role.
Rhimes sat down with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central's The Nightly Show, where she was asked if any of her characters had met their grisly end because she didn't care for the performer playing them.
"Yes," Rhimes said, after hesitating briefly, "and I'm not naming names."
Which leaves fans to speculate on which of her characters might have fallen victim to Rhimes' contempt. As the executive producer of Scandal, Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice, there are just so many devastating deaths to choose from.
Without comment, here are a few of our best guesses as to who Shonda brutally murdered (in her television shows, just to be clear).
1. Scandal's Harrison Wright
Played by: Columbus Short
Cause of death: Shot in the head due to uncovering a conspiracy.
2. Grey's Anatomy's Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd
Played by: Patrick Dempsey
Cause of Death: Hit by a car while helping people who had been hit by cars, then receiving poor medical care for his brain trauma.
3. Grey's Anatomy's Denny Duquette, Jr.
Played by: Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Cause of Death: Stroke suffered after successful heart transplant, because happiness is a lie.
4. Scandal's Daniel Douglas Langston
Played by: Jack Coleman
Cause of Death: Fatally stabbed by his wife, Vice President Sally Langston.
5. Private Practice's William "Dell" Parker
Played by: Chris Lowell
Cause of Death: A brain hemorrhage as a result of getting in a car crash that also put a mother and her baby in critical condition.
Or maybe she was talking about Grey's Anatomy's Izzie Stevens, played by Katherine Heigl. While she technically didn’t die, Rhimes did end up make Stevens' life a Greek tragedy.
Stevens' boyfriend -- Denny Duquette, Jr. -- died randomly after a successful heart transplant. Then Stevens diagnosed herself with Stage IV metastatic melanoma cancer and had a 5 percent chance of survival. She later had brain surgery to treat tumors caused by the cancer, but the surgery caused her to suffer mild amnesia and short-term memory loss and she almost died during the procedure.
Eventually she fully recovered and went back to work at the hospital and was then promptly fired. Also, her marriage to fellow doctor Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) rapidly fell apart and they divorced. Eventually she just disappears and has never been seen again.
So, it might have been Heigl, but the truth is really anyone's guess. (But it was probably Heigl.)