‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Ellen Pompeo Says She Cried During This George and Meredith Scene

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey and T.R. Knight as George O

Grey’s Anatomy followers collectively cringed when Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and George O’Malley (T.R. Knight) attached within the second season. The fleeting second was downright surprising for some viewers — and even to the present’s forged and crew. Then lately, Pompeo and present Grey’s Anatomy showrunner, Krista Vernoff, shared their preliminary response to the George and Meredith second. And apparently, Pompeo nonetheless hasn’t watched the scene.

Why did Meredith Grey and George O’Malley sleep collectively on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’?

Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey and T.R. Knight as George O'Malley on 'Grey's Anatomy'
Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey and T.R. Knight as George O’Malley on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | Scott Garfield/Walt Disney Television by way of Getty Images

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In Grey’s Anatomy Season 2, Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) determined he wouldn’t decide, select, or love Meredith. Instead, Derek bought again collectively along with his then-wife, Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh). Then in episode 18, Meredith skilled a tough day at work and confronted her father, Thatcher Grey (Jeff Perry), for the primary time in 25 years. Meredith was in a susceptible place — after which George walked in.

At the top of the Grey’s Anatomy episode, George confessed to Meredith, as he’d been in love together with her because the pilot. Then the roommates slept collectively. However, each events finally realized the second was a mistake. Meredith cried in the midst of the hookup. 

After their uncomfortable fling, Meredith and George’s friendship was strained. But quickly sufficient, they moved previous the one night time stand and rebuilt their relationship.

Ellen Pompeo and Krista Vernoff open up about Meredith Grey and George O’Malley’s hookup in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 2

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During Variety’s Power of Women panel in October 2020, Vernoff and Pompeo briefly touched on the Meredith-George hookup whereas discussing the brilliance of creator Shonda Rhimes. Pompeo identified that Rhimes was a “fearless creative thinker” who all the time knew what would work on TV, even when others didn’t consider within the thought. Meanwhile, Vernoff gave an instance.

“In the early years of this show, we never had a single conversation that I can remember about changing the face of television. It was always about what’s going to make the best story, what’s going to be the funniest, the most dramatic,” Vernoff stated. “We had huge fights like George and Meredith are going to sleep together and then she’s going to start to cry. And I was like, ‘No! Everybody will hate us!’”

The showrunner continued, “We fought it out, and it was noise. She was like, ‘They don’t have to love it. They just have to watch it and talk about it. It’s not always about being likable, it’s about being entertaining.’”

Then Pompeo shared her opinion on the scene between George and Meredith, admitting she had fairly the response to the Grey’s Anatomy second.

“I cried for real during the scene,” Pompeo stated. “I’ve still never watched it.”

What occurred to George O’Malley on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’?

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While the second between Meredith and George cut up some Grey’s Anatomy viewers, the 2 surgeons nonetheless managed to maneuver ahead. Then as time went on, George grew right into a fan-favorite. However, the character died within the Grey’s Anatomy Season 5 finale after he jumped in entrance of a bus to avoid wasting a stranger. 

Meanwhile, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Knight cited a “breakdown of communication” with Rhimes as the rationale he left the Shondaland sequence. “There just comes a time when it’s so clear that moving on is the best decision,” Knight stated on the time. 

Now, the fandom is hoping Knight will return as George in Grey’s Anatomy Season 17. In the premiere, Meredith collapsed after contracting coronavirus and reunited with Derek in a dream. Then the current teasers steered one other huge reunion for Meredith. So may or not it’s George? Stay tuned.

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