05/18/2012 04:54 am ET Updated May 18, 2012

'Grey's Anatomy' Season Finale: Which Major Character Died In The Plane Crash? (VIDEO)

The "Grey's Anatomy" (Thu., 9 p.m. ET on ABC) Season 8 finale was a gut-wrenching one as fans had to bid farewell to one of the major characters.

Viewers had been left hanging at the end of the penultimate episode after the doctors' plane crashed and bodies were left strewn on the ground.

The season finale revealed that the doctor who didn't make it out alive was ... Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh).

As she lay on the ground, crushed by the fuselage, Mark (Eric Dane) held her hand and confessed his true feelings. "I love you," he said. "I’ve always been in love with you. I will always be in love with you."

However, there was room for some levity in the episode as Cristina (Sandra Oh) remarked on the Seattle Grace staff's remarkably high body count.

"Grey's Anatomy" Season 9 is due to premiere in September 2012 on ABC.

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