You are in all probability nonetheless reeling from that heady premiere of Gray’s Anatomy season 17, however there’s one query that stands proud: what is going on on with Meredith Gray? All through the episode, Meredith is grappling with the tough actuality of being a frontline healthcare employee in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. She’s drained, heartsick from seeing her sufferers die, and anxious to lastly assist save somebody. By the top of the episode, she must be satisfied to go away the hospital – and when she does, she winds up collapsing within the car parking zone.
The nice factor is, Meredith’s collapse results in a dream the place she reunites with the late Derek Shepherd, who’s as dreamy as ever. The 2 by no means truly get shut to at least one one other, however Meredith shouts out to Derek that she misses him, and he solutions that he is aware of. It is a candy second from the couple that is certain to tug at any fan’s heartstrings. However, as candy as it’s, we’re nonetheless fairly anxious about the truth that it took Meredith collapsing to get there. What is going on on together with her?
Within the trailer for the second episode of the season, there are hints that Meredith is sick and no matter she’s affected by is inflicting her goals. As a result of the season has included COVID-19 and Meredith is a physician surrounded by sick sufferers on a regular basis, it isn’t troublesome to make the connection between her doable sickness and the pandemic. Showrunner Krista Vernoff mentioned that Derek’s return is a “joyful” one, so we’ll assume it does not result in Meredith’s dying. If she does have COVID-19, we count on that her signs will final so long as Patrick Dempsey’s return will, and she or he’ll get higher when he leaves. That is sufficient time for followers to relish the character’s presence earlier than we begin anticipating him to make a full comeback.
“The reality is that if I get too aggravated and I am not grateful there, I shouldn’t be there.”
So, there’s hardly any motive to fret that Meredith will die this season as a result of her time sick is not prone to final. However that does not imply Ellen Pompeo’s staying for the lengthy haul. The actress has spoken out about being excited to maneuver on to new issues earlier than and, in August 2020, she appeared on an episode of Dax Shepard’s Armchair Skilled podcast the place she reiterated the concept she would go away the present sooner moderately than later. “I don’t need to be the grapes dying on the vine,” she mentioned. “I feel to dip out sooner moderately than later, at this level, having accomplished what we have accomplished, to go away when the present remains to be on prime, is certainly a purpose. I am not attempting to remain on the present perpetually. No approach. The reality is that if I get too aggravated and I am not grateful there, I shouldn’t be there.”
The actress added that having management over her storyline and with the ability to use such a big platform to “impart some concepts,” helps to maintain her in a spot of gratitude that permits her to remain on. However she admitted that she usually wonders what different challenges she may give herself. If Pompeo ever does determine to go away, we have already got an concept of how her last episode will in all probability go. Again in September 2019, she advised James Corden her dream finale would have the entire authentic solid members return. For those who begin seeing characters aside from Derek Shepherd coming again to Gray Sloan Memorial, that is when it is best to begin getting anxious.