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'Grey's Anatomy' Boss Reveals If Patrick Dempsey Will Return This Season

Patrick Dempsey made a miraculous return to Grey’s Anatomy earlier this season, as Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) went into a comatose state on the show due to coronavirus.

The 54-year-old actor reappeared as Derek Shepherd in Meredith’s COVID dreams, after he perished in season 11 following a tragic car accident.

In a new interview with Variety, showrunner Krista Vernoff revealed again that Derek aka “McDreamy” will be seen “again in the back half of the season.”

Previously, she had stated that there were plans to have him in three more times throughout season 17.

Krista also addressed rumors that more of the original stars, like Eric Dane, Sara Ramirez and even Sandra Oh, would be returning this season with cameos.

“We all have hopes, but we don’t have anything new to report yet,” she shared, specifically about Eric‘s Mark Sloan.

For the other rumors, Krista added that the cast list featured on IMDb was “some glitch”, and most of them would not be appearing.

During the mid-season finale this week, viewers saw Meredith slip back into a comatose state following a COVID high she experienced that had her saving the life of a patient before she collapsed on the hospital floor.

If you didn’t see, find out which other original star DID appear!

Grey's Anatomy Producer Dishes on Meredith's Future After COVID Diagnosis


Meredith Grey may or may not make it on Grey’s Anatomy.

If you missed tonight’s mid-season finale, viewers saw Meredith wake up from her comatose state following testing positive for coronavirus and battling the infectious illness for the past few weeks on the series.

While she woke up – and saved a patient’s life in the process – Meredith, played by Ellen Pompeo, collapsed and it was revealed she was on a “COVID high”.

It turned out that Meredith’s lungs are so bad that her only chance to live is to get on a ventilator, which is something she was not in support of. But if she doesn’t, her chances of surviving aren’t looking good.

As her medical proxy, Webber made the difficult choice to defy her wishes and put her on the ventilator, and just as the episode ends with her going on it, she’s back at the beach once more.

Executive producer Andy Reaser spoke to ET about Meredith’s future and why the show chose to tell her story this way.

“It’s not something that we take lightly and we don’t want to feel like Meredith is being let off the hook too easily,” he says. “The virus keeps everyone guessing and it’s relentless, so it’s going to take relentlessness to fight it.”

Meg Marinis, also a producer on the show, added that COVID is “so unpredictable. No one can predict how the disease will go in a healthy person or an older person. There’s no consistency to it. And Meredith Grey is as a young, healthy person, healthy doctor.”

“The fact that it’s gotten this far, it’s super scary for all of us, as fans and also people living with this. There’s an urgency because it’s COVID,” she adds.

So, is Meredith Grey going to die? They won’t say, and they also won’t say when Meredith’s beach visit will be over either.

“I don’t know if you picked up on this, but this episode ends with the closing voiceover starts, but then it doesn’t really stop. Then you just hear the music and you hear the sound of the ventilator and we’re not sure, going into this specific moment in the season, how capable Meredith is of imagining herself being on the beach. It will come back in ways that it has not yet, that we haven’t seen yet,” Andy said.

He also commented on the speculation that Grey’s could be ending this year: “Not to get too hung up on words, but there’s a difference between an ending and the ending. Elements of this season definitely involve an ending.”

Grey’s Anatomy will return with new episodes on March 4 on ABC.

Chandra Wilson Talks About How Much Longer She'll Stay on 'Grey's Anatomy'

Chandra Wilson is opening up about the current season of Grey’s Anatomy and her thoughts on her future with the show.

The five-time Emmy-nominated actress plays Miranda Bailey on the beloved ABC series and she chatted with Variety about the season 17 storyline focusing on COVID-19, as well as all of the guest stars returning to the show.

Here’s what she shared:

On how much longer she wants to stay on Grey’s Anatomy: “That is the million dollar question. I always say until the wheels come off, I’ll be there [laughing]. I think there have been so many versions of when the show would end and how the show will end that there isn’t a version at this point. I keep showing up when they call me and tell me that we’re doing another one! I would love to see the end of her — I would love to see the completion of that arc, not only as a character. But with the show, but everything is dictated by story, as always — but what a great story to be able to tell that I was a starter and a finisher, that’s a very cool story.”

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T.R. Knight Talks About the Call He Recieved to Return to 'Grey's Anatomy'

T.R. Knight is opening up about his return to Grey’s Anatomy as George, over a decade after his character was killed off the series.

George is the latest departed character to appear in one of Meredith Grey’s dreams on the beach while she battles COVID-19.

T.R. spoke with Deadline about getting the call from showrunner Krista Vernoff to return to the series and what it was like to be on set with Ellen Pompeo again.

Ellen hinted at it first, but then Krista called, and we talked for an hour. Probably her ears were bleeding a little bit afterward, hopefully not too bad, but it was incredible. What was interesting is Krista, I hope you don’t mind me sharing this. Krista said at one point during our long conversation she thought that this might, if this might offer closure, and I was like oh, I think that’s already happened. What was interesting is something my husband, who is much smarter than me, and okay, granted that’s a low bar, said. We were talking about that idea of closure and he was saying that sometimes closure’s shutting a door, and sometimes it’s revisiting a familiar room, and finding what brought you joy. And it just hit me,” T.R. said in the interview.

He continued, “Going to the set that day, because we shot on the beach and it was an early call, so I’m driving in the dark because you want to be early. You don’t want to go back and be late. Driving up that windy road in the dark, and people are just starting to arrive, and to see Laura Petticord, she’s our second assistant director. She handles the base camp and corrals all of us, and does that momentous job, and she is someone who’s been with the show, I think, from the very beginning, or at least from that first season. She is like kindness in human form, so seeing her, and then all of a sudden seeing Shawn Hanley, who is now the first assistant director, and then Norman Leavitt, who came back out of semiretirement to try to make this (points to his face) look like something not hideous. It was just wave upon wave of happiness, of joy. Krista was there the entire day. Linda Klein, she was there all day too.”

T.R. added, “And then to have Ellen, and Chandra [Wilson], and Jim [Pickens Jr.], of course, and all the other familiar faces that were there, too, because there were quite a bit of crew that were there still. To have all of that, it was just unlike any other experience I’ve ever had in my entire life, in my 47 years.”

“To act with Ellen, it’s one of those things you wish it always happened but then it wouldn’t be special when it did, to act with someone who you just know that it’s like, okay, what are you going to give me there. Okay, now I’m going to try to match that, and then it’s this game. It’s this rollercoaster that you’re on together. To be able to experience that again with Ellen, and to know that every take is going to be different, there’s going to be a sense of play, a sense of challenge. It’s the best kind of acting, if that makes sense,” he concluded.

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Another 'Grey's Anatomy' Character Came Back to Life for the Latest Episode (Spoilers)

SPOILER ALERT – This post contains spoilers from the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy, so beware of reading further!

The pandemic is a theme on season 17 of Grey’s Anatomy and Ellen Pompeo‘s character Meredith Grey is experiencing some vivid dreams while she battles COVID-19.

As you probably know by now, Patrick Dempsey returned to the show as Derek Shepherd, who died in a fatal car accident in season 11. Meredith had a dream that Derek was on a beach and waiting for her to arrive.

Now, Meredith is imagining another character who tragically died.

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'Grey's Anatomy' Fans Think Ellen Pompeo Just Revealed Which Character is Coming Back!

Grey’s Anatomy fans have some theories based on Ellen Pompeo‘s latest tweet!

Back on Thursday (November 19), the 51-year-old actress, who plays Dr. Meredith Grey, sent out a tweet along with a gif of Meredith with Dr. Izzie Stevens (played by Katherine Heigl).

“Hey it’s Grey’s day!!!” Ellen tweeted along with the gif of the two characters from season three.

A promo for the next episode of Grey’s – airing on Thursday, December 3 – teased that another character from Meredith’s past will be returning.

After the promo debuted, fans started theorizing that the character might be Izzie.

“IZZIE COMING BACK??” one fan tweeted.

“Hey… could you hint us who’s next on the beach?” another person tweeted, to which Ellen responded, “Ummmmmm…No.”

After Meredith collapsed from COVID-19 at the beginning the season premiere, she dreamed about being on the beach, where she reunited with late husband Derek Shepherd – aka Patrick Dempsey.

Katherine starred on Grey’s for six seasons before leaving the show in 2010. As fans can remember, Izzie was not killed off.

If you missed it, Katherine Heigl has been back in the headlines this week after this former Grey’s Anatomy actor publicly slammed her.

'Grey's Anatomy' Boss Explains Why [SPOILER] Was Given COVID-19 & Reveals What's to Come

SPOILER ALERT – Do not continue reading if you don’t want to know what happened on Grey’s Anatomy this week!

The current season of Grey’s Anatomy, along with many other TV shows right now, is addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and having it be part of the storyline.

In the season premiere last week, we watched while Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and the other doctors at the hospital treated patients for the coronavirus.

Now, one of the show’s main characters is battling the virus and showrunner Krista Vernoff released a statement to explain why they gave the character COVID-19.

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