‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17: Giacomo Gianniotti Teases Andrew DeLuca’s Mental Health Storyline

by Jeremy Spirogis
Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca on

The Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 finale didn’t finish with a significant character dying, however followers had been nonetheless left hanging when it got here to key gamers like Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti). 

In the episode titled “Put on a Happy Face,” Andrew’s psychological well being points got here to a tipping level and followers weren’t positive if he can be OK. Then the spinoff sequence, Station 19, seemingly revealed the character’s prognosis. So the place does that depart Andrew for Grey’s Anatomy Season 17? Recently, Gianniotti touched on his expectations for the character shifting ahead. 

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Station 19’ contact on Andrew DeLuca’s psychological well being

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Throughout Grey’s Anatomy Season 16, Andrew struggled along with his psychological well being. He took dangers along with his sufferers and lashed out at these closest to him, together with Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). Then at one level, Andrew even tried to give up his job at Grey Sloan Memorial after publicly accusing a affected person’s aunt of human trafficking. This led to his suspension.

In the Grey’s Anatomy finale, Andrew returned to the hospital and helped Meredith to avoid wasting Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.). He efficiently identified the previous chief’s cobalt poisoning from a earlier hip alternative. But as a substitute of celebrating the win, Andrew broke down crying, leaving Meredith to choose up the items.

Later, within the Station 19 Season three episode titled “Bad Guy,” Carina DeLuca (Stefania Spampinato) revealed what’s been occurring with Andrew. 

“My dad has bipolar I,” Carina informed Maya Bishop (Danielle Savre). “And my sweet baby brother has inherited it.”

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As many Shondaland followers identified, Andrew’s prognosis was by no means confirmed on Grey’s Anatomy. So the throwaway line revealing a significant plot level on Station 19 appeared a bit odd. But then showrunner Krista Vernoff confirmed Andrew has bipolar I dysfunction.

“DeLuca is bipolar,” Vernoff informed People in May 2020. “DeLuca was in a really manic state for an extended period of time. Even though he was right about the sex trafficking victim, the way he was behaving was inconsistent with the personality we’ve known him to have all these years.”

She then defined what occurred to Andrew within the Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 finale. 

“DeLuca, after finally diagnosing Richard, went from manic to depressed,” Vernoff stated. “That’s what that last scene was when he’s sitting on the floor, crying in a pit of despair after not seeing anything but high for the last several episodes.”

Giacomo Gianniotti discusses Andrew DeLuca’s psychological well being storyline for ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17

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In an interview with Entertainment Tonight revealed in August 2020, Gianniotti opened up about Andrew’s storyline in Grey’s Anatomy Season 17. The actor revealed his character’s psychological well being arc was purported to really feel extra resolved on the finish of final season. Though there have been limitations as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shut down manufacturing and the 16th season was reduce quick by 4 episodes. Nevertheless, Gianniotti hinted the arc will choose again up subsequent season.

“I think it’s going to be continued to be explored,” Gianniotti stated. “That was a big build-up to the storyline that we had talked about two years ago and it’s slowly ramping up to this storyline for DeLuca. So I think where we ended, even though it’s not exactly where we want it to end last season, there would have been a little more resolve [on DeLuca’s part] had we not been shut down.”

Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca on 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 16
Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | Kelsey McNeal/ABC through Getty Images

He added, “We’re going to have to play that this season.”

The actor additionally shared there will likely be a time leap when Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 returns. So hopefully, Andrew will likely be in a greater psychological state than within the finale. But for now, followers will simply have to attend and see what occurs. Though Gianniotti indicated Andrew may very well be spending the brand new season making up for his earlier actions.

“I think this season will feature a lot of DeLuca trying to make up for his wrongs, things he said, things he did because he’s unstable,” Gianniotti stated. “And Meredith, trying to reconcile that or not.”

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