05/15/2014 02:03 pm ET Updated May 15, 2014

Why Cristina Yang Leaving Grey's Anatomy Is So Devastating


Over the past 10 seasons, "Grey’s Anatomy’s" Cristina Yang (played by Sandra Oh) has weathered breakups, plane crashes, crazed gunmen, actual exploding bazookas, cardiothoracic attendings unable to keep up with her talent, and hundreds of surgeries. As she’s navigated that chaos, she’s cemented herself as one of the most groundbreaking and memorable characters on television. Tonight, the show and everyone who watches it lose her.

Audiences typically like their television heroines optimistic, kind, put-together, and maybe a little spunky. There’s a reason why supportive moms like Tami Taylor, compassionate office mates like Pam Halpert, and twee romantics like Jess Day are so beloved. Bright, shiny characters are never in short supply; Grey’s itself has had plenty over the years, from Izzie Stevens (smiler, baker, and marrier of dead men) to Arizona Robbins (healer of tiny humans and wearer of roller skate sneakers).

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