Gray’s Anatomy was meant to finish in Season 17 – however will it? (Image: ABC/Getty Photographs)
Gray’s Anatomy has change into the longest-running medical drama on TV and whereas followers by no means need it to finish, the present is sure to wrap up sooner or later.
With Ellen Pompeo’s character Meredith Grey contracting Coronavirus in season 17, it appears the tip could possibly be nearer than many anticipated.
Certainly, the actress has even hinted that the present could be over after this season involves an finish.
We check out all of the hints Ellen Pompeo, creator Shonda Rhimes and different producers have made about after we might need to say goodbye to the present.
Will Gray’s Anatomy finish after Season 17?
In October 2020, Ellen Pompeo admitted to Selection journal that she doesn’t know if the present will proceed after Season 17.
Might the present actually go on if Ellen Pompeo left? (Image: ABC )
She defined: ‘The reality is, this yr could possibly be it. I’m continually combating for the present as an entire to be pretty much as good as it may be. As a producer, I really feel like I’ve permission to have the ability to do this.
‘I imply, that is the final yr of my contract proper now. I don’t know that that is the final yr, however it might very effectively could possibly be.’
A couple of weeks after, producer and star Debbie Allen (who performs Catherine Fox) revealed the present was meant to finish after season 17.
She defined in an interview with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy: ‘The present is healthier this yr than ever. This was purported to be our final yr however I’m unsure… I feel it may possibly hold going.’
Debbie Allen is bound the present might hold working previous season 17 (Image: therealdebbieallen)
Does Ellen Pompeo plan to depart the present quickly?
Earlier this yr, Ellen instructed Dax Shepard’s Armchair Skilled podcast that she did anticipate to depart ‘sooner rather than later’.
She defined: ‘I feel to dip out sooner quite than later, at this level, having executed what we’ve executed, to depart when the present continues to be on prime, is unquestionably a aim. I’m not attempting to remain on the present without end. No approach. The reality is, if I get too aggravated and I’m not grateful there, I shouldn’t be there.’
Throughout an interview with James Corden in September 2019, Pompeo admitted she’d like to have unique forged members seem in her ultimate episode.
She stated on The Late Late Present: ‘That most likely received’t occur, however that will be essentially the most wonderful approach to [end it].’
The actress opened the present ending inn extra depth throughout a chat with Cosmopolitan in 201 as she admitted: ‘I give it some thought quite a bit. And I can’t actually discuss my future plans, however sure, Shonda and I discuss it.
‘We really feel like we’re on this collectively, and I feel we don’t wish to do the present with out one another. I feel when both of us is prepared, after we really feel prefer it’s time to wrap it up [we will].’
Shonda Rhimes beforehand stated the present would finish if Meredith Gray wasn’t concerned (Image: ABC)
She continued: ‘When she feels prefer it’s time to wrap it up, I’m pleased to, and if I had been to really feel that approach, she would most likely be OK too. We’ve a superb relationship in that approach, and hopefully it’s a choice we’ll come to collectively.
Probably the most liberating factor about my place in my life proper now could be I really feel completely no strain to show something.’
The actress added: ‘The one strain I really feel is to my daughters, to be a superb mom. Aside from that, I really feel no strain to need to show something. Something. Which is such a tremendous, free place to be.’
In April 2020, she instructed Variety: ‘I’ve no expectations and that’s how I survive,” Pompeo instructed in April 2020 when requested in regards to the how the present will finish.
‘The ultimate episode I did [have an image], however I can’t actually let you know as a result of then I’ll need to kill you. Krista [Vernoff] and I talked about potential issues.’
Will Gray’s Anatomy proceed on Meredith Gray dies?
In 2017, the present’s creator Shonda Rhimes insisted the present would cease when Ellen selected to depart.
She instructed Variety: ‘The story is about Meredith Gray’s journey and once I’m executed, the present will finish.
‘I don’t understand how lengthy the present will go on. I do know the community and the studio prefer to say they see no finish in sight, however I feel the viewers will inform us when the present is not a fan favourite.’
She added: ‘I feel it’s fairly conceited to imagine the present can go on without end — I don’t like that strategy. Proper now, we’re very fortunate to have the followers nonetheless hanging on, and I feel the followers will tell us when it’s time to cease the present.
‘Why stroll away from a success? You don’t stroll away from one thing for nothing. And with the observe file on the market, I’m good to maintain doing it for now.’
Gray’s Anatomy airs on ABC within the US and Sky Witness within the UK.