Gray’s Anatomy returned for its midseason premiere on March 11 with a Station 19 crossover that ended in additional tears than we ever anticipated. The double-hitter occasion handled the aftermath of two storylines: the child-trafficking episode from season 16’s March 19 episode, “Give a Little Bit,” and Station 19 rescue of two kidnapped Black women. After we final noticed Andrew DeLuca, he had simply caught sight of Opal, the chief of a child-trafficking ring that he suspected however could not get individuals to hearken to him as a result of he was in a manic state. He and his sister Carina ended up following the chief by automotive and, within the midseason premiere, received the crew of Station 19 to assist their makeshift operation to take down the ring. Opal is arrested ultimately, however not earlier than her confederate stabbed DeLuca and left him for useless.
DeLuca is rushed to Gray Sloan, the place Owen and Teddy work collectively to deliver him again from the brink. On the opposite aspect of consciousness, DeLuca seems on Meredith’s “limbo seashore” the place he explains that his choice to chase Opal was much like Meredith’s when she risked her license to save lots of the little lady – though that state of affairs was unobjectively completely different as a result of Meredith may have simply averted fraud by shelling out her personal cash to pay for the lady’s therapy. (Simply saying!) “It is the one factor that made sense,” he tells her. Nevertheless it’s quickly revealed that the second has price him way more than Meredith’s actions did her; in actual life, DeLuca develops DIC, rendering his physique unable to cease bleeding, and he is quickly pronounced useless.
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On the seashore, DeLuca tells Meredith that though he does not know what occurred from that second, “I would like you to know that I by no means felt seen the way in which you noticed me. I by no means felt impressed the way in which you impressed me – you made me need to be not simply my greatest self, however higher.” As he flatlines within the working room in the true world, his late mom seems within the distance, waving him to her aspect. DeLuca bids Meredith farewell, telling her she’ll be OK, earlier than working to reunite together with his mom and embracing her.
It is a bittersweet ending for a personality who got here in with such promise and appeared to undergo from writers not likely figuring out what to do with him that did not contain romantic relationships. A lot of DeLuca’s growth got here when it felt too late, and now he is gone earlier than we may even delve into his journey together with his psychological well being. In an interview with Deadline, showrunner Krista Vernoff defined that the choice was “one of many first artistic imaginings” she had whereas creating the season. “It felt highly effective and vital, and I do not at all times know why, however that was the story that got here,” she stated.
Vernoff added that it was vital to her that DeLuca be away from his psychological well being disaster earlier than his demise as a result of she did not need followers to affiliate the 2 circumstances collectively. “I did not need to danger sending the message that he died due to his psychological sickness. He died having come by way of his psychological well being disaster, bravely and powerfully, and he died a hero,” she stated. “He saved, in all probability, quite a lot of lives sooner or later.” The showrunner additionally teased that DeLuca’s demise will have an effect on everybody at Gray Sloan however profoundly have an effect on one individual “who has reached their saturation stage and their breaking level.” We’ll take a wild guess and assume that can be Richard Webber, who had taken the youthful man underneath his wing for a cut-off date. Vernoff additionally confirmed that though DeLuca will reappear within the season, he will not be returning to the seashore as that closing second was the proper second for the character.
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Actor Giacomo Gianniotti thanked his followers on Twitter, writing, “Telling [DeLuca’s] story was and can be one of many nice honors of my life.” On Instagram, he included his Gray’s costars in that thanks, including that, “it has been a privilege to share the display screen with you all, that is the place I exit stage left. However the present should go on, and I can not wait to see what you all do subsequent. Thanks to my @greysabc household. I’ll love you all endlessly.”
Vernoff additionally posted a message to her Twitter web page after the episode’s premiere, writing, “Giacomo has introduced a lot expertise and a lot coronary heart to the function of Andrew DeLuca. We at Gray’s Anatomy are grieving the demise of this character with all of you. Giacomo performed him so superbly and took him on such a strong journey – from intern, to romantic, to a psychological well being disaster and again once more.”
“That is the story that demanded to be informed,” she added. “However typically we writers are simply as grief laid low with the tales as you might be. That is a type of occasions.” Learn Vernoff’s full be aware forward.
pic.twitter.com/zI90e8H4vo- Krista Vernoff (@KristaVernoff) March 12, 2021