When Is the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 16 Finale? Krista Vernoff Says the Unexpected Ending Will Be ‘Satisfying’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey in the

Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 is not going to obtain its full 25 episodes. However, the Shondaland sequence will proceed to ship a “satisfying” ending, in line with showrunner Krista Vernoff. So when is the Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 finale in 2020? There are just a few episodes left earlier than the dramatic conclusion — titled “Put on a Happy Face” — airs on ABC.

The ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 16 finale air date and time

Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey in the 'Greys Anatomy' Season 16, Episode 21 finale
Ellen Pompeo as Meredith on ‘Greys Anatomy’ | ABC/Raymond Liu

On March 12, Grey’s Anatomy shut down manufacturing for season 16 amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Vernoff and govt producers Debbie Allen and James Williams addressed the solid and crew in a letter.

“Out of an abundance of warning, manufacturing is postponed on Grey’s Anatomy efficient instantly,” Vernoff, Allen, and Williams mentioned, per Deadline. “We are going home now for at least two weeks and waiting to see how the coronavirus situation evolves.”

The letter continued: “This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of the whole cast and crew and the safety of our loved ones outside of work, and it was made in accordance with Mayor Garcetti’s suggestion that we not gather in groups of more than 50.”

Now the ABC sequence is not going to resume manufacturing. Recently, the community revealed the Grey’s Anatomy finale will air on Thursday, April 9, at 9 p.m. EST. This means the 16th season might be 21 episodes lengthy and finish with “Put on a Happy Face.” 

Showrunner Krista Vernoff reacts to the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 16 finale information

Following the information in regards to the Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 finale, Vernoff addressed the state of affairs on Twitter. The showrunner expressed her disappointment. However, she additionally promised followers the ultimate episode of the present season might be satisfying. And finally, the Shondaland sequence isn’t performed, because it nonetheless has loads of tales to inform in Grey’s Anatomy Season 17.

“We are disappointed that we don’t get to complete our storytelling this season,” Vernoff wrote. “The good news?  1621 plays like a satisfying finale! It’s not where we planned to end, but it’s beautiful & the questions that linger we will answer next [season].”

Vernoff later added: “To be clear: there are nonetheless two Season 16 episodes left to air!!! And we’ll resume our storytelling in Season 17!”

What occurs within the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 16 finale?

According to the synopsis for the Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 finale on April 9, there might be three key storylines. The description reads:

Link [Chris Carmack] tries to persuade Amelia [Caterina Scorsone] to take it simple throughout the remaining stage of her being pregnant. Hayes [Richard Flood] asks Meredith [Ellen Pompeo] a shocking query, and Owen [Kevin McKidd] makes a surprising discovery.

Meanwhile, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Kim Raver — who performs Teddy — revealed Richard Webber’s (James Pickens Jr.) storyline will proceed via the brand new Grey’s Anatomy finale. In the March 26 episode, followers have been devastated over the unique character after an incident at a medical convention. The April 2 episode is about to deal with Richard’s situation. And though Raver wasn’t capable of tease a lot, she famous his storyline will proceed on for a while.

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“In Grey’s Anatomy, each physician comes collectively in such a incredible method to type of determine and problem-solve what’s the drawback,” Raver mentioned. “It’s so terrific and speaks volumes for James’ character that he’s so beloved. So that is definitely a big chunk of the next couple episodes.”

But no matter what occurs with Richard, the season 16 finale will nonetheless finish with a cliffhanger for our favourite medical doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial. 

“I think it’s still got some really great cliffhanger things,” Raver mentioned. “We all want to make sure that we are flattening the curve and keeping everyone safe. So we have to end on this episode because it was the one that we finished with”

She continued: But the writers are so good that it’s gonna completely work as a finale. And I feel it’s quintessential Grey’s. You might be laughing and crying concurrently after which we’ve received a complete bunch of wonderful issues in retailer for you guys within the new season.”

Read extra: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Is Richard Webber Leaving? Fans Are Worried About the Character’s Future

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