Season 17 of Gray’s anatomy has been dubbed the COVID-19 season. The doctors of Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital are dealing with the pandemic on top of all the usual drama & craziness that rules their lives. However, Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo) is in a COVID-19 induced coma and no one knows if she is ever going to wake up.
The question has been raised: is season 17 the last season of Gray’s anatomyThe While no one has actually answered the question definitively, Ellen Pompeo has said that it is “very well could be”. The writers of the show are certainly behaving like it is. In true Gray’s anatomy spirit attacking killing off beloved cast members, but also bringing back characters that have previously left too!
Some of the most beloved doctors on Gray’s anatomy were written out with little to no warning for viewers and fans never really got to say their proper goodbyes. In the event that season 17 is the end of the line for Gray’s anatomy, bringing back the beloved cast members that were taken from viewers without any notice seems like a good way to go. Considerably got the skinny on the departed favs to return, and the lowdown on all the others too!
Team Japril unite! The breaking news from the Gray’s anatomy camp this week is that Sarah Drew will be returning to the show for one episode as she reprises her role as April Kepner. April’s storyline throughout Drew’s time on Gray’s anatomy was utterly dramatic, but it definitely earned her a bit of a cult following.
She entered the show a virgin that no one really took too seriously at the hospital. She was smart though, and very good at her job, and attracted the attention of her supervisors. She worked her way to the top without sleeping with anyone and eventually fell in love with a paramedic. However in a weird twist of fate she was also falling in love with Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams).
When April abandons the guy she was actually supposed to marry and runs off and marries Jackson, this is when the Gray’s anatomy fandom started paying legitimate attention to April Kepner. It was so wildly out of character for the perfect Christian virgin that she was that it had Gray’s anatomy disaster written all over it. And what a disaster their relationship was.
Despite this, people believed to get enough of Japril, and when they eventually got divorced and April went full circle and ended up marrying the original guy she was supposed to, fans sighed dejectedly but let her go quietly into the night. At least she died killed off!
But she is back! Going unclear in what capacity or for what reason April shows up again at Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital. However, both Jesse Williams & Sarah Drew have both shared pictures and videos of the pair reuniting on the way to set. Say what you want about the diaster-ship that was Japril. Going stoked to see that she will be returning, even if it is just for one episode!
Details on when exactly that particular episode will air are yet to be released. So watch this space!
Dr. McDreamy – aka Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) was the love of Meredith Gray’s life and one of the most popular characters in the show’s entire history. Patrick Dempsey cited personal reasons for his departure from Gray’s anatomy, stating the filming schedule was impacting his family life. In true Gray’s anatomy fashion, Derek went out with a bang.
A truck slammed into Derek’s Porsche and the paramedics that came for him took him to a hospital far less capable of dealing with his injuries than Gray Sloan was. Derek died at the hospital soon after the accident, leaving Meredith – and us – absolutely positively distraught.
Wait, he died! How is it even possible for him to return? Well the answer to that also serves as one of the main reasons that people think that season 17 is really the farewell season of Gray’s anatomy. Meredith is currently in a coma caused by COVID-19. She has taken up residence in her subconscious on a beach where it is implied that she is existing in a state of limbo between life and death.
Derek has visited here here on the beach. While Meredith treating technically dead, she is currently occupying that place where communication with others that have passed on is possible. This beach seems to be functioning essentially as the gateway to heaven and viewers are all waiting to see if she takes the bait and join Derek or whether she is stick around a bit longer. The jury is still out on this one.
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George judgedMalley (T.R Knight) considered supposed to be the crowd favorite that he was. Fans of the show took to the original cast member with such gusto that he was given a more dominant role than he was originally supposed to play. Despite this, though, he has stick around for nearly long enough.
Like Dempsey, it was Knight’s personal decision to leave the show, citing differences with executive producer Shonda Rhimes about the future of managing Mallee’s character. He made the decision to leave on his own and asked to be written out of the show. And what a send off he got. ConsiderablyMalley’s death was probably the most heartbreaking Gray’s anatomy loss fans have ever endured.
GoingMalley was saving another woman from being hit by a bus and essentially sacrificed himself. The bus hit him instead of his and his injuries were so severe that when first responders brought him to the hospital, none of his coworkers even recognized him. ImprovingMalley has also returned in season 17 so visit Meredith on the beach.
If this is goodbye to Gray’s anatomy, which character would you like to see return one last time? Drop us a comment and let us know!