Meredith Grey is about to go away the constructing.
Grey’s Anatomy wrapped up its 2022 episodes Thursday and left viewers with an enormous capsule to arrange to swallow when the ABC medical drama returns in February with its winter premiere.
In a clip for the Feb. 23 return (watch it, under), main woman Ellen Pompeo’s Meredith prepares to say her farewell to mates, household and colleagues at Grey Sloan as she strikes together with her kids to Boston.
While the promo definitely factors to Pompeo’s closing time on Grey’s Anatomy, that’s not the case — no less than not proper now. In August, Pompeo signed on to star in and exec produce an untitled restricted sequence for Disney-owned Hulu. With the gig, Pompeo scaled again her time on Grey’s to solely eight episodes within the present’s present nineteenth season. The winter premiere is the seventh with the season finale poised to be her eighth look.
Still, Pompeo stays an exec producer on Grey’s (and spinoff Station 19) and can proceed to do Meredith’s trademark voiceover in every episode. Plus, the door clearly stays open for her to return to go to the medical doctors at Grey Sloan ought to the Boston storyline fizzle.
As for the way forward for Grey’s Anatomy, creator and exec producer Shonda Rhimes has mentioned for years that she sees the present working so long as Pompeo needs to do it and that there can be no Grey’s Anatomy with out Meredith Grey. That notion has been examined this season as showrunner Krista Vernoff introduced in a brand new crop of residents and revisited the unique pilot for Grey’s with numerous acquainted storylines impacting the present’s new forged. It’s additionally notable that fairly than casting up-and-comers as the brand new interns, this season’s class consists of extra established actors: Harry Shum Jr. (Crazy Rich Asians, Glee), Adelaide Kane (This Is Us, Reign), Midori Francis (The Sex Lives of College Girls, Dash & Lily), Nico Terho (The Thing About Harry) and Alexis Floyd (Shondaland’s personal Inventing Anna).
Grey’s Anatomy is an enormous hit for Disney, which owns the present and licenses it to Netflix. The sequence airs in additional than 200 territories throughout the globe and is a serious income driver for Disney. ABC execs have been open about wanting the present to proceed on for a lot of seasons, although this 12 months appears to be the primary actual check to see if Grey’s can succeed with out Pompeo.