March 26, 2023

Ellen Pompeo is probably not onscreen in each Gray’s Anatomy Season 19 episode, however we’ll nonetheless hear her.

Pompeo will seem as Dr. Meredith Gray in eight episodes of the upcoming season. “It’s going to be simply superb with out me,” she advised Deadline at D23. (Watch the video under.) “I’ll be again at Gray’s for the finale and we’ll see if we are able to hold it going. I’m going to all the time be part of that present. I’m an govt producer on that present. I spent twenty years of my profession on that present. It’s my coronary heart and soul and I’ll by no means really be gone so long as that present is on the air.”

As for what we are able to anticipate, we all know that, as a brand new preview confirmed, Meredith is the one to welcome the brand new residents to Gray Sloan; that video additionally reminded us fairly a little bit of the very first days of Gray’s, contemplating a connection teased between a brand new doc and an attending. “The brand new season goes to be enjoyable. We have now such a components over there and the followers know what to anticipate. It’s going to be extra of what we do greatest: some laughter and a few tears,” Pompeo stated.

As for these new docs coming in, “we’re actually attempting to set it up for the subsequent era,” she defined within the video interview with Deadline under. “They’re all nice actors… they’re excited to inform these tales. It helps hold it contemporary when there’s new individuals. It helps all of us who’ve been there for the reason that starting. It helps hold it new and contemporary.”

For everybody questioning how Gray’s will cope with Meredith’s on-screen absence, you’ll must hold ready. Showrunner Krista Vernoff advised TV Insider that Meredith “won’t be in Minnesota,” however wouldn’t reveal something past that.

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However now with this tease that Meredith can be again for the finale — Pompeo is doing a brand new present on Hulu — we are able to’t assist however speculate as to how Gray’s will clarify her absence. With all of the tragedy that’s been part of the drama, particularly for Meredith, may there be a cheerful purpose? And what may this imply for her future with Dr. Nick Marsh, with Scott Speedman now recurring after being a collection common final season? Will we see him in episodes past those Meredith is in?

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