Friday, May 21, 2010

It Is The End Of A Triangle

Great news, Yang/Hunt(ers)! It took a while, but the not-so-popular Cristina/Owen/Teddy triangle is officially over, according to Grey's boss Shonda Rhimes herself, who had a post-season finale chat with EW's Michael Ausiello:

Kim Raver has already been upgraded to a series regular, but some are questioning Teddy’s future now that Owen has chosen Cristina.
This whole idea that Teddy only exists [as part of a triangle is ludicrous]. Teddy is Cristina’s teacher. Derek would be dead if Cristina had not had Teddy around. That’s how I look at it. I will say it again, the studio and network have to renew everyone’s options, and they have not done so yet. But it is my intention that we will see Teddy next year.

When Owen chose Cristina, he really chose her, right?
Yes. He definitely chose her.

So that triangle is, for all intents and purposes, over.
That triangle is done.

But Cristina broke up with Owen in that episode.
That is true.

So they’re not technically together.
I tried really hard to get in an Owen-Cristina scene where he holds her after Derek survived. But all my [medical advisers] kept saying, “If Owen holds Cristina, she can no longer operate on Derek. She’s become unsterile.” There was a big fight about it and finally I had to go with “the look.” And I felt like Sandra [Oh] and Kevin [McKidd] adequately and brilliantly portrayed in “the look” that there was still something there.

You previously teased this episode as a game-changer. How has the game been changed?
Here’s why I said that: When you face a situation like this — when the entire hospital has turned into a crime scene — everyone you know has faced life or death. It’s an incredibly traumatic event. Everything you knew, believed, felt, and required of the characters in terms of what their stories have been or what you believed about them no longer exists. Part of what’s interesting about next season is that we can start anywhere — in any emotional state — and almost anything can happen because we just came out of this. It’s not like tomorrow they come back being the exact same characters. They’re all sort of fundamentally changed.


Cassandra said...

One thing is that the love triangle is over. I was really this triangle to be over. But, I am still not clear on if Owen and Christina are together or not. Could someone clear that up for me.

dawn said...

As far as I can see it, they are not together at SF. I'm disappointed at the SF because we didn't get to see the resolution of the triangle. To me, Owen didn't actually choose Cristina. He would have gone back in if it had been Teddy or his dog. I felt that SR just wanted to quickly put an end to the triangle without any further explanation. I also didn't like that Owen had to get 'permission' from Teddy to go after Cris.
What the OR scene tells me is that they both love each other. What happened to all those feelings Owen had for Teddy. What are those??? Those feelings have not been explained to us but yet we have been subjected to these epi after epi.
Now we are told the triangle has ended. I won't be holding my breath that the writers will tie up that loose end.
SR saying that she wanted to give CO a scene where they are hugging and all the debates that she had with the medical advisers? I call BS. Since when the show is so concerned about being unsterile? Like when Teddy sneezes into the patient? That apparently need not be sterile. Yah, tell that to a 12 yo perhaps they will believe.
Another one I call BS is Teddy exists outside the triangle. She doesn't. She is basically written as the third wheel and has been for the past 16 epi. Teaching part, yes there was but hardly any that I saw. The pig, cow thing, all Teddy did was sitting there reading a magazine whilst Cris was agonising. Teddy's teaching job is so easy. I want it as well.
I'm still bitter at how they wrote Owen this season. It still makes me feel Cris deserves better. Owen was there for Teddy but where was he when Cris needs him. All he ever did, was scream at her. I hate the Teddy sneezing scene because Owen was all sympathetic.
Why would I want Cris to reunite with Owen when he has been so dense the whole season & not seeing her? He only realises that he loves her only when life or death situation arises. That doesn't cut it for me.
Taking a bullet is just not enough to redeem him.

Emma said...

Dawn, i totally agree with you. I would only answer your final question in a different way. The reason why I do want Cristina and Owen to reunite, is because Cristina loves him so much, and also because of the perfect chemistry between these two extraordinary actors. If this triangle had ended with Owen choosing Teddy, leaving Cristina heartbroken, I don't think I would be looking forward to S7 at all. I actually think I would have stopped watching the show all toghether (I never watched S4 for this reason).

dawn said...

Emma, I get what you said. I like SO/KMK's dynamics and I believe in their chemistry. But Owen's character has been thrashed to such an extent this season that I find it difficult for me to accept him back with Cris immediately. It doesn't erase all the crappy things he had done to Cris. If you re-watched S6 he treated Teddy way better than he did with Cris. Give me reasons why Cris should be with him after all the stunts that he had pulled. The inability of him to give her an answer whether he loved Teddy or Cris still grates on me, I have to say.
Owen has to work his butt off to get back in with Cris because I don't think that waffling in his feelings for 2 women is to be taken lightly.
That epic romance between CO has been thrashed so badly I don't know how I can come back from that.
SR could have written Teddy differently yet she insisted that she wanted to do this untypical triangle. In the process of redeeming Teddy, both characters have been destroyed, with Owen taking the brunt of it. Now Teddy is dead to me.

Emma said...

Dawn, in a way I agree with you. But if I think about two emotionally extremely difficult moments for Cristina: when she was upset by that little girl loosing her mom, and in the OR during the finale, in both cases it was Owen she needed. In the first case she even asked for him when Meredith stood right next to her (I had not seen that coming), in the second case, when she heard his voice, she called his name and he answerd "I'm here" (for me, as O/C fan, one of the most touching moments of the finale), she reminded me of what Konrad Lorentz says about young birds keeping in touch with their moms ("I'm here, where are you?") and getting reassured by the sound of their mom's voice. After realizing that Owen was in the OR, she kept talking emotionally to him and professionally to Jackson. When he got shot she was really lost, and it was thanks to Jackson (the professional side) that she could pull herself together again, but, emotionally, she turned to Meredith to know whether Owen was still alive. Their emotional bond is very strong. In my opinion two things may happen here: Cristina gets scared of her deep emotional attachment to this man and finds it too dangerous, or she forgives him his awful behaviour in S6. I do hope, for her sake, that she will choose the second option, and that we'll get a plausible explanation for Owen's behaviour if he opens up to her about Iraq, which would also mean a great improvement on his PTSD.

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