‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Will Meredith Grey Die in Season 17? Here’s What’s Wrong and What to Expect Moving Forward

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey at the beach on

Everyone is aware of Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) has been on the point of loss of life extra occasions than anybody on Grey’s Anatomy. The common surgeon survived a bomb, drowning, gunman, and airplane crash — all inside the first 9 seasons. Now, it appears the character will face one other life-threatening state of affairs. But will Meredith die in Grey’s Anatomy Season 17? Here’s what we find out about what’s fallacious and what to anticipate from that epic comeback.

What occurred to Meredith Grey within the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17 premiere?

Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey at the beach on 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 17 in 2020
Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | ABC

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In the Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 premiere, Meredith tragically misplaced her sufferers to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. She struggled to deal with all of the deaths and labored herself to exhaustion, by no means leaving Grey Sloan Memorial. Finally, Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) satisfied her to go residence. But on the finish of the episode, Comac “McWidow” Hayes (Richard Flood) discovered Meredith collapsed within the hospital car parking zone. 

As McWidow referred to as out for assist, Meredith was abruptly transported to the seaside. Meredith heard somebody calling for her. But it wasn’t her colleague — it was her useless husband, Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey). Of course, the dream sequence wrapped the episode with everybody’s jaw on the ground. However, Derek’s look additionally means one thing’s fallacious with Meredith. 

Krista Vernoff, Kevin McKidd, and Patrick Dempsey tease what’s fallacious with Meredith in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17

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When talking with Deadline after the Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 premiere, showrunner Krista Vernoff wasn’t in a position to reveal whether or not Meredith will die or even when the character is OK. However, she hinted the character isn’t out of the woods but.

“For sure people are in jeopardy. Meredith collapses at the end of the premiere,” Vernoff stated. “People are in jeopardy, and multiple people are in jeopardy throughout the season, in myriad ways, because that’s the moment we’re living through.”

Meanwhile, Kevin McKidd, who performs Owen Hunt, confirmed Meredith has an “illness.” The actor additionally teased the Meredith and Derek second will present some “real closure” for everybody.

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“The idea of having Mer, with her illness, have these waking dreams where she connects with the love of her life is fitting and cathartic for everyone — for the fans especially,” McKidd instructed People. “Mer and Der were the core relationship of our show for many years. And it feels like the timing is perfect for real closure.”

When talking with The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dempsey seemingly revealed what’s fallacious with Meredith on Grey’s Anatomy Season 17. “Krista came up with this concept where I would come and visit her in her COVID dream,” Dempsey stated. Then Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 Episode three confirmed Meredith examined optimistic for coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Dempsey additionally spoke with News Center Maine and revealed Meredith’s “COVID coma” with Derek isn’t a one-time deal. The actor shared his character will really assist Meredith’s storyline transfer ahead throughout Grey’s Anatomy Season 17.

“There’s definitely more,” Dempsey stated. “I’m not sure how it plays into the overall season. But I keep coming back, visiting her, and talking to her in critical moments throughout the course of the season.”

What Meredith’s loss of life would imply for the way forward for ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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For now, Grey’s Anatomy followers will simply have to attend and see how Meredith’s journey unfolds as season 17 continues. That stated, Derek’s prolonged keep may point out we gained’t have a stable reply for a while. But it doesn’t matter what occurs to Meredith, followers are beginning to wonder if the tip is close to.

In an interview with Variety from October 2020, Pompeo questioned whether or not Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 could possibly be the final. “This is the last year of my contract right now. I don’t know that this is the last year? But it could very well could be,” she stated.

Nevertheless, Pompeo hinted Meredith’s collapse and Derek’s return aren’t meant to foreshadow the tip. And in the end, the ultimate season of Grey’s Anatomy will come as soon as they run out of tales to inform. 

“You can’t read into anything,” Pompeo stated within the above interview with Deadline. “Really, that’s dangerous territory. I think that, collectively, we, or creatively, it’s the same this year as it always is. Is there a reason to continue? What stories do we have to tell? What characters do we have to bring back that gives us story to tell? … We always have incredible circumstances that allow us to continue creatively, whether it’s ideas, or circumstances that happen. Our goal is just to make good TV.”

She later added, “At this point, I think, we don’t know what we’re going to do. We know that we’re grateful, and we know that we want to show our gratitude, and grateful to each other making the show, that we’re able to keep continuing to grow, and to tell stories that we think are important, and getting this moment.”

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