Bye, George! Is 'Grey's' killing off T.R. Knight?

Whatever cliff-hanger Grey’s Anatomy has in store in its May 14 season finale, it’ll probably pale in comparison to the one T.R. Knight is experiencing in real life.

Last fall, the actor — frustrated by his lack of airtime — asked to be released from his multiyear Grey’s contract. Now, as I first reported in Ask Ausiello, his wish may be granted by an upcoming story line that finds (MAJOR SPOILER ALERT) George marching off to war as an Army medic. Just as the season wraps up, George gets injured in the line of duty, leaving his fate up in the air for viewers — and even Knight himself. “T.R. doesn’t know whether George lives or dies,” explains a source close to the show. “And, as a result, he doesn’t know whether or not he has to come back next season.”

Legally speaking, Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes has until
mid-June to decide whether to drop Knight — and all indications are
she will use every last second of that time. Some are suggesting she
may be forcing Knight to sweat it out as payback for wanting to jump
ship. (The two have had a strained relationship since the Isaiah
Washington blowup in 2006.) While Knight’s rep and Rhimes both declined
to comment, a Grey’s insider scoffs at such a notion. “At the
end of the day, Shonda is going to do what’s best for the show,”
maintains the source. “Everything else is just idle gossip.”

What do you think is best for the show at this point: Cutting Knight loose via a season-ending tragedy, or forcing him to return next season for an indeterminate period of time (thus dragging out this off screen soap opera even longer)? Sound off below!

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  • Frauke

    Even though I kinda like George if T.R. doesn’t want to stay on the show he should be let go. An actor that hates what he’s doing should not be in Shondas interest either.

  • Frauke

    Even though I kinda like George if T.R. doesn’t want to stay on the show he should be let go. An actor that hates what he’s doing should not be in Shondas interest either.

  • glory

    sweet sweet revenge for Shonda.
    I would love to have George stay but if she’s going to cut him loose than torturing T.R. in that manner is just cruel.

  • A

    I couldn’t care either way, I hardly even notice George is in the show anymore.

  • Mike

    Shonda Rhimes kind of sounds like a really nasty person, haha.

  • Cristina

    I’d be devestated if George left. He isn’t my favorite character, but I love him nonetheless. I had issues with him when he cheated on Callie then got with Izzie, but he’s wormed his way back into my heart.
    His character has been so underused this season that it’s sad. With all the drama of Izzie, Meredith and Derek getting their happy ever after, and Callie’s sexuality crisis, Bailey going into Peds and the Mark and Lexie angle, there’s no time to give George a storyline. And while I understand where the actor is coming from, I’m not above begging him to stay.
    Him going into the army would be an interesting angle and if he has to leave, I beg that Shonda doesn’t kill him. I don’t even understand how he’d be able to get in and injured by season’s end. What about basic training? Even as a medic, doesn’t he at least need basic training?
    I hope that he stays. George is a great character that deserves a storyline of his own. I just hope that his doesn’t end in his death.

    • Tori

      i agree i want George to stay! He is my favorite by far. I just saw somthing that says he dies and i keep looking at these different sites to find out if its true. it said that his funneral is on the opening of the new season in september but i would get on my knees and beg as much as possible for him to stay! i am really upset now and i think he needs to stay i dont know if i will still watch it if he dies.

  • AAR

    A- I think that’s exactly the point. He’s not even ON the show at this point, except to show up for about 30 seconds each week. I say let him go. I like George, but Gray’s is already overcrowded. As much as I like the characters, George and Izzie’s (possible) deaths/departures will shake up the show and maybe reinvigorate it.

  • Adam

    I still say the Army storyline is way too rushed.
    He should leave after Izzie’s death, which is understandable since they are so close. It also saves the option to bring him back.

    • Tori

      i agree. that would be better then just killing him off.

  • Lindsay

    I don’t watch this show (it used to be because of Meredith – now they are all ridiculous) but this sounds incredibly petty and childish of Rhimes if true – which explains so many things about the show itself, now that I think about it!

  • jake

    I find this show very disappointing because they are not using TR knight at all — he is one of the most relatable person on the show and to get of rid of him is just tragic.

  • Becky

    There’s been a few eps lately that have had snippets of old George and it made me realize how much I miss him on the show. If they’re not going to give him a significant part, they may as well get rid of him. I agree with the others–there are too many characters on the show..Tone it down a bit to how it used to be.

  • Adam
  • Lucy

    Keep him! Make him finish his contract and give him one line per episode!

  • Rachel

    GA is better off letting TR go. George just doesn’t seem to fit in anymore. Everyone has moved on and left him in the dust. The writers don’t seem to know what to do with him so it is probably better off to have George leave to become an Army medic or die in the line of duty than to have him around takin gup space and not doing anything. Besides, the character has never been all that interesting. He only had some usefulness to inject some humour because he was the token awkward dorky character but he hasn’t even provided that for 2 seasons now. I’m more than ready to see him go.

  • Sharlin

    I don’t understand how they just cut him out the whole season. Every year Shonda tends to almost ignore a cast member. Last year it was Izzy, I think they year before it was Alex for a time… Shonda. This should show you to stop adding cast members to an already big cast. You’re turning out to be almost like Heroes… and that is in its last throws of existence.

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