"I do spend a lot of time thinking about where it's going and where I would like it to end up," Shonda says. "At the time when I really thought I knew how it was going to end, I think we thought we were going to be on for a lot less episodes. It's been great to sort of have success, but I have to stretch out where I think it's going to end."
With a staff of 10 writers, Shonda has plenty of help keeping things going, and the actors themselves sometimes incorporate their own ideas into the script.
Scripts are kept tightly under wraps, but Oprah can't keep herself from asking about rumors of a wedding. "Hmm," Shonda says. "Weddings are nice."