Gray’s Anatomy not too long ago confirmed that Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo) is battling COVID-19.
Whereas the plot has allowed Meredith to reunite with Patrick Dempsey’s Derek in desires, the sequence showrunner has opened up concerning the choice to have the lead battle the virus.
“Final week, we felt Meredith Gray’s ache as a health care provider treating an early surge of COVID sufferers,” Krista Vernoff instructed The Hollywood Reporter.
“This week, we start to expertise what it’s for her to be a COVID affected person herself.”
The sequence needed to deal with that as a result of “over 1,700 healthcare staff within the US have died of COVID thus far,” Vernoff explains. “Many hundreds extra have been contaminated.”
“Healthcare staff are on the frontlines of this disaster,” she provides, “dwelling by a battle for which they weren’t educated.”
Vernoff admitted that she noticed a possibility to point out off the plight of frontline staff.
“We noticed a possibility to dramatize and illuminate their plight by the extremely well-loved and well-known character of Meredith Gray,” she instructed the outlet.
“Medical doctors and nurses are combating for us and falling for us.
“The least we are able to do is put on a masks, socially distance and keep residence each time potential,” she continues. “Meredith has an actual battle forward of her. And… she has that seaside. Darkness and lightweight.”
Whereas followers are nonetheless at the hours of darkness about how this storyline will play out, we do know that one other face from Meredith’s previous will arrive on her seaside on Gray’s Anatomy Season 17 Episode 4, airing Thursday, December three at 9/8c.
This has led to a string of questions on who the following particular person could possibly be, and Vernoff admits that “it is a highly effective season,” earlier than telling followers to “keep tuned.
For those who watch Grey’s Anatomy online, you already know Mer has already spent a substantial period of time together with her deceased husband, so it will likely be enjoyable to see who the following particular person is.
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