November 26, 2022
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Why Meredith Will Be Offscreen for Most of Season 19

Gray’s Anatomy Season 18 led to such a approach that it appeared like Dr. Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo) would as soon as once more be the energetic face of Gray Sloan — as in current there full-time — however as a substitute, over the summer time, it was introduced that she would solely be in eight episodes. With Meredith (interim) chief, after Bailey (Chandra Wilson) stop, it’s not like she will simply be offscreen the remainder of the time.

“Once you’ve acquired a girl who has a job that she loves, a profession that she loves, a person that she loves, what’s the factor which may take her out of the principle storytelling? And my reply to that’s: her children,” showrunner Krista Vernoff informed Variety. “One thing occurs along with her children that adjustments the course of her plans for her life.”

Will that additionally take her out of Seattle? Her home has turn into such a fixture on the present that it’s onerous to think about it not being a part of nearly all of the season.

Pompeo’s restricted position in Gray’s Season 19 comes as she’s engaged on a brand new sequence for Hulu as its star and government producer. Nonetheless, she shall be offering the voiceover for each episode of the ABC medical drama’s season, though she gained’t be seen in all of them.

Previews for the season do present Meredith at Gray Sloan, welcoming the brand new interns (performed by Alexis Floyd, Niko Terho, Midori Francis, Adelaide Kane, and Harry Shum Jr.) to Gray Sloan. “Congratulations. You probably did it. You’re right here. You’ll save lives with this tools and you’ll finish them,” she tells them. “We’re all getting a second likelihood right here in the present day. We’ve got to show the doubters improper.”

That’s as a result of the hospital’s residency program was shut down on the finish of Season 18, after an try to alter what they wanted to, and the residents then all packed up their lockers. Schmitt (Jake Borelli) is now going to be chief resident, however for Helm (Jaicy Elliot), it’s “an extended journey again,” Vernoff informed TV Insider.

Gray’s Anatomy, Season 19 Premiere, Thursday, October 6, 9/8c, ABC