Exactly this! They really could have presented it in a way that had no casualties, but was still serving high drama. And this was my main problem with it. All the storylines felt like they were coming to a head for Christmas/New Year. I'm not one to complain about storylines dragging on, but I really hope that most of these aren't going to continue past their birthday week/month. If nothing else happens, then the Gray story at least needs to come to an end soon. I think she's great and I'm definitely here for her being a long term staple of the show!