"Staring At The End" is the thirteenth episode of the eleventh season of Grey's Anatomy and the 233rd produced episode of the series. It is also the 344th produced episode of the Grey's Anatomy franchise. It was broadcast on February 26, 2015.
In the weeks leading up to Herman's surgery, all the eyes are on Amelia as she delivers a series of lectures on the increasingly complex surgery but, as she continues to try and put on a brave face, her inferiority complex regarding Derek soon finds her questioning if she taken on more than she can handle. Meanwhile, knowing the end is near, time is of the essence as Herman and Arizona push to get through all their foetal surgeries before the tumour invades the optic nerve, as Herman faces the rigours of radiation therapy and the reality of her increasing illness, while, Bailey approaches Herman hoping to persuade her to take on the case of a pregnant woman very close to her heart. Meanwhile, Owen tries to help Amelia, complicated by their shared kiss, while Stephanie finds herself forced to stand up for herself and her future as a surgeon and Callie begins to grow concerned about Arizona's well-being if Amelia isn't successful.
- "I don't like questions without any answers, like where do we go when we die. I mean, I know what happens physiologically speaking but, beyond that, what really happens? Anything? That's what you start asking yourself when you live on a clock. All these questions without any answers, they drive you nuts. That's what I like what I do; fixing babies, birthing babies. No ambiguity there, answers. Clear, precise, obvious answers and new life. Beautiful, new life. Ans hope for the future. God, I miss that"
- "I've never placed much value in wondering about an afterlife, my concern was always this life. What would I do with it? How would I make my mark? I wanted to break new ground. I wanted to leave a legacy. I wanted my life, my brain, my existence to mean something. The thing I never really thought about though, the thing I never really wrapped my brain around until now was in order to do that, in order to be remembered, in order to leave something significant behind you have to leave."
- "Grow" - Odessa
- "Seasons" - Hollow Wood
This episode's title originated from the song Staring At The End Of Our Lives, originally sung by Ha Ha Tonka.
- Although credited, Sarah Drew (April), Jesse Williams (Jackson) and Patrick Dempsey (Derek) do not appear in this episode.
- Herman narrates the voiceover for episode.