Why ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Fans Don’t Believe in Meredith Grey and Andrew DeLuca’s Romance

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey and Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca on

It’s exhausting to not get invested in Meredith Grey’s (Ellen Pompeo) love life after 16 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. Early on, the Shondaland collection launched an epic — and sometimes difficult — romance between Meredith and Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey). Then lengthy after Derek died in Grey’s Anatomy Season 11, Meredith discovered love once more with Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti). 

Although hesitant, viewers had been enthusiastic about Meredith and DeLuca’s potential, particularly because the roles had been flipped from the lead character’s story with Derek. But now it appears Grey’s Anatomy followers nonetheless aren’t satisfied by Meredith and DeLuca’s romance, noting it continues to pale compared to the final surgeon’s extraordinary chemistry with McDreamy. 

Meredith Grey says she loves Andrew DeLuca after their breakup on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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DeLuca has been struggling together with his psychological well being all through Grey’s Anatomy Season 16. According to Meredith, the resident hasn’t been sleeping, consuming, or performing like himself. He has additionally been making dangerous selections in the case of his sufferers. Then within the 14th episode, DeLuca broke up with Meredith after she confronted him about his conduct.

“I don’t need this and I don’t need you,” he mentioned. “So we’re done. I’m done.”

Four episodes later, DeLuca was suspended for calling out a suspected human trafficking case. And as a result, the character tried to give up Grey Sloan Memorial. But Meredith went after him. 

“I’m not your business anymore, Meredith,” DeLuca mentioned. “I don’t work for you and I don’t love you.”

Meredith replied: “But I love you. You went to jail for me. You saved me from myself. I cannot let you walk away from this. Just take some time, take the suspension. But come on. This is not how this ends.”

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ followers aren’t satisfied by Meredith Grey and Andrew DeLuca’s romance

DeLuca’s present storyline on Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 facilities round psychological well being versus his relationship with Meredith. However, the scene illustrates how a lot Meredith cares for him and hints issues might not be over even after their breakup. But even so, many followers don’t see the spark between Meredith and DeLuca. And in a thread on Reddit, they defined why.

“The chemistry she had with Dempsey was too good,” a fan wrote. “No other character they try to force feed us will match that dynamic. If I were Shonda I wouldn’t try so hard. Just let Meredith be an independent woman who bangs all the time for fun.”

“I think it’s just that Patrick Dempsey is so incredibly charismatic, sexy, and could potentially have chemistry with a broken lamp if asked,” one other fan wrote. “I mean, it’s not a knock on Ellen, without her brilliance, the show would have been dead years ago. It’s just a tall order and would be if Mer was the one that died and Derek was all alone.”

Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey and Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca on 'Grey's Anatomy' - Season Fifteen
Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey and Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | Eric McCandless by way of Getty Images

Other followers additionally identified Meredith and DeLuca are elsewhere of their lives and careers. But for essentially the most half, individuals are rooting for Meredith to be with somebody of her calibre. Meanwhile, some viewers may see Meredith begin one thing new with Cormac Hayes (Richard Flood) — aka McWidow — over sustaining the spark with DeLuca. One fan wrote: 

I really feel like whereas MerDer was a as soon as in a lifetime chemistry, it’s important to admit there have been issues within the relationship. No relationship is ideal however along with her and Derek, the chemistry was blazing and I don’t suppose Grey’s is attempting to recreate that with anybody new, it’d be a disservice to the trouble the put in to make that fairytale romance. I just like the route they’re taking with McWidow as a result of it looks like that romance received’t be as loopy, as head over heels, and so on., however extra of a realistically stunning relationship of two individuals who occur to be in comparable locations of their lives.

Giacomo Gianniotti opens up about Meredith Grey and Andrew DeLuca’s relationship on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ 

When talking with Us Weekly in March 2020, Gianniotti reminded followers DeLuca wasn’t introduced on to develop into Meredith’s new love curiosity on Grey’s Anatomy. However, showrunner Krista Vernoff noticed one thing between the 2 characters and wished to offer it a strive.

“I was like, ‘Meredith Grey, that’s not what I was brought on the show for. I’m just the new intern,’” Gianniotti mentioned of his casting. “And then I totally put my foot in my mouth because years later Krista Vernoff, our showrunner, came to me and said, ‘I want to explore a romance between you and Ellen. I think it would be really great. You guys are such good friends. I always see your chemistry on set, you guys fooling around with each other and playing pranks with each other and just having a good time.’”

That mentioned, the MerLuca romance is a vital story, because it flips the narrative. “It’s always the much older man with a much younger woman,” Gianniotti mentioned. “We’ve seen it time and time again. So it’s cool to see that flipped on its head and to not really draw attention to it. To just be like, “This is normal.’”

The actor additionally acknowledged DeLuca’s romance with Meredith could be difficult for his character for a similar cause.

“I think for my character it’s been complex because it’s how do you handle a woman that’s that powerful? As a young man, it’s intimidating,” Gianniotti mentioned. “She’s so accomplished in her career as a surgeon. She has an ex-husband she was widowed by, she has children. This is a lot for a character who is roughly 30 years old, like I am, to take on.”

Now it’s clear DeLuca’s insecurities translated to viewers at dwelling. So if Grey’s Anatomy continues the MerLuca romance, we hope the couple can develop collectively. After all, we’ve watched Meredith for 16 seasons and we simply wish to see her with the very best.

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