SPOILER ALERT: The story includes details from ABC’s Season 18 finale Grey’s Anatomy.
ABC’s Season 18 Finale Promo Grey’s Anatomy asked the question “Will she stay or go?” After a dramatic and emotional two-hour finale, we had our answer — Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) is staying in Seattle’s Gray Sloan and not moving to Minnesota, at least for now.
But she’s one of the few doctors still working at the hospital at the end of the finale, which marked the return of Jackson’s April and Jesse Williams’ Sarah Drew and, fittingly for being the 400th episode of the series, featured many flashbacks to the early seasons with the series’ original residents, Meredith, Christina, Izzie, Alex, and George.
Meredith envisioned them in the gallery as she performed risky surgery, assisted by Nick, and then at the end, when the current residents of Gray Sloan were packing up, with the fate of all those characters, including Levi, who is a regular series, in the air.
Despite Bailey’s best efforts and Jackson’s charm offensive, things went from bad to worse at the hospital that day, leaving Jamarah Blake with no choice but to quit the teaching program. so that the hospital can start fresh and rebuild it.
The move left Richard with nothing to do, putting his future in hospital uncertain. Moments later, Bailey quit, but not before letting Owen and Teddy out after a man reported Owen to him, exposing his doctor-assisted suicide program after Owen and Teddy refused to give him a hand. medicine for his sick veteran wife to die without examining her. first. In another major cliffhanger, Owen and Teddy were last seen on the run, flying on a plane with their children, presumably to another country.
As head of the foundation, Jackson offered Meredith to become acting chief of surgery, replacing Bailey, which she eventually accepted. (As she made up her mind, Meredith reminisced about her late mother through old footage and new, filmed for the finale by Kate Burton.)
But an earlier conversation, in which Nick questioned Meredith’s judgment to perform the dangerous surgery amid a severe blood shortage at the hospital, which ultimately led to the woman’s death, came back to haunt him. . (The loss of her patient also brought painful memories to Meredith, with the finale recalling Derek’s death.) Meredith confronted Nick at the end of the finale, telling him he should probably go back to Minnesota. He went out. Meredith eventually ran after him, but by then he was gone, leaving that relationship — and Nick’s future on the show — in flux.
No cast members are known to be leaving the show yet, but the finale certainly raises a lot of questions and possibilities, making fans’ wait for the Season 19 premiere very tense.
In a cliffhanger that would delight Japril fans, Jackson and April kissed in the elevator at the end of the finale, confirming that the exes have rekindled their relationship in Boston.
In an interview with Deadline earlier this week, Drew opened up about the kiss.
“It definitely leaves open the possibility of you checking in with them,” she said. “After the script came out, I got text messages from the cast and crew asking if I was coming back next year because of the end of the episode. is not on the table. It’s not something that anyone has discussed with me in an official capacity. But there are a lot of open questions at the end of this episode. I think you will leave this episode with points giant question marks Where do we go from here How will the hospital recover What will happen What will next year look like So I think there’s a million questions and a million possibilities.
Drew added that while a full-time comeback isn’t feasible given her commitments, she’s still up for the occasional occasion. Grey’s appearances.
In other developments, Link and Winston had to make a decision from Sophie between keeping Simon alive and saving his wife who gave birth. With enough blood for just one, Simon made the call himself, choosing to die but save his wife. Simon was able to hold his newborn son for a few seconds before he breathed his last in one of the most emotional scenes in the finale.
Elsewhere, Amelia apologized to Link for breaking his heart then reunited with Kai, Link and Jo rekindled their friendship after Jo broke up with Todd, Maggie wondered if she and Winston hadn’t married too quickly without knowing each other well but he later largely erased his doubts with a moving speech, and Catherine received good news about her cancer prognosis.
“I’m blown away. All of our minds are mind blowing,” Grey’s Anatomy Showrunner Krista Vernoff said she presided over the drama’s landmark episode earlier this week. “It means so much to us that the show means so much to so many people around the world. The 400th episode is dramatic! We were lucky that the 400th episode fell on the season finale, so we went all out.