Grey’s anatomy season 16 ends earlier than expected. On March 27, ABC announced that the medical drama would not resume production on the last four episodes of season 16, which means that the season will end on Thursday, April 9, with episode 21 serving as the finale.
After learning that the current season of Grey’s anatomy will be officially shortened due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ellen Pompeo and showrunner Krista Vernoff have asked Twitter to reassure fans, the impromptu finale will always be “satisfactory”.
Although some fans are disappointed, the good news is that the new final episode, entitled “Put a happy face”, will be filled with drama and a new potential love story. According to the description, “Hayes asks Meredith a surprising question, Owen makes a shocking discovery” and “Link tries to convince Amelia to calm down during the last stage of her pregnancy”.
In addition, Vernoff has promised fans that any lingering questions will be answered next season in a new Twitter statement. (The series had already been renewed for season 17.) “We are disappointed that we cannot finish our narration this season,” she tweeted on March 27. “The good news? 1621 is playing out as a satisfying finale! This is not where we planned to end, but it is wonderful and the questions that lie ahead, we will answer them next year. #GreysAnatomy #StayHome”
Ellen Pompeo, who has played Dr. Meredith Gray for the past 15 years, also reacted to the show’s shortened season via Twitter.
“When you hear that the full #GreysAnatomy season is not going to air,” she tweeted with a photo of Meredith.
Although he is clearly not delighted with the news, the actor looks on the bright side. For a, Killing Eve, with his former co-star Sandra Oh, returns sooner than expected!
Pompeo even teased a fan after asking if it meant the season finale wouldn’t be “full of dying people”.
“That’s what it means,” she joked.
Grey’s anatomy is just one of the many television and film productions that have shut down in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. They are also part of a number of medical dramas that donated supplies to hospitals in the midst of the pandemic.
“AT Grey’s anatomy, we have a stock of dresses and gloves that we also donate, “Vernoff said in a statement to Hello america March 19. “We are all overwhelmed with gratitude to our healthcare workers during this incredibly difficult time, and in addition to these donations, we are doing our part to help them by staying at home.”