Call a doctor – any doctor! Grey’s Anatomy will return for season 19, but the hospital is severely understaffed after the spring finale revealed that many doctors had quit Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital.
When the show ended, the teaching program was stopped. Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) chose to do a risky surgery amid a blood shortage – as the hospital’s training standards were being assessed by a visiting doctor. It was the final nail in the coffin for the residency program, which will have to start from scratch in Season 19.
However, many familiar faces aren’t planning on being around for the education program’s revival. Of course, trainees and residents — like Taryn Helm (Jaicy Elliot) and Lévi Schmitt (Jacques Borelli) — are transferred to other hospitals to complete their training. Meanwhile, Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) and Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) are on the run after Owen was reported for illegally assisting veterans to end their lives. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) resigned and quit as chief of surgery — after giving Owen and Teddy enough time to flee. Finally, Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) took a sabbatical as he mourned the end of the program he helped shape.
Meredith Gray appeared to be one of the only doctors left in Seattle, making her the new chief of surgery – which was not expected. She wanted to move to Minnesota with Nick (Scott Speedman), but the Harper Avery Award winner can’t bring herself to leave Gray Sloan in shambles. She’s told her new love to leave because she’s chained to this medical facility – but is Nick ready to walk away from her?
If she wants to start a new teaching program, Meredith will need help. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) noted that there were some issues with learning methods when he visited last season, and the Umbrella Academy the star is ready to reprise her character again.
“There is a possibility. I don’t know what I would do,” Walsh said. Showbiz Cheat Sheet in June 2022.
“We’re talking a bit about possibly coming back for something, but I don’t know yet,” she continued. “But yeah, I just know there’s going to be a lot of things in store for next season, a lot of changes, a lot of really cool things, I think new beginnings and different, just different places where the show goes go.”
There will also be new faces. Alexis Floyd will play Simone Griffin, a “new first-year surgical resident at Gray Sloan,” Deadline reported in July 2022. This gives the impression that the hospital could regain its status as an educational institution more quickly than expected.
“Grey’s Anatomylike everything shonda [Rhimes]’canon, is a show that redefines the genre that remains masterfully committed to diversity, relevance and vulnerability,” said the Bold characters alum told the outlet amid her casting news. “Joining the cast in its 19th season is an immeasurable honor, and quite simply, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Scroll down to learn everything so far about Grey’s Anatomy season 19: