Real conversation: Dr. Meredith Gray is the heart and soul of Grey’s Anatomy. The medical drama even has its name in the title! But members of the original 2005 cast have left the series one by one – most recently Justin Chambers, starring beloved Dr. Alex Karev played. With these rooms, there is one burning question in our mind: will Ellen Pompeo ever leave Grey’s? Season 16 production of Grey’s is stopped delay the pandemic of the coronavirus, but it doesn’t look like Pompeo or the series will be airing anytime soon.
ABC will be lit green in May 2019 Grey’s Anatomy for two more seasonswhich means we get at least a season 17. Pompeo is not only the main actress of the series, but she is also a producer on the show and the spin-off series, Station 19. Shonda Rhimes, the creator of the series, has noticed that Grey’s will continue as long as Pompeo wants it to continue. Last year, the star seemed happy to continue working on the show.
“I like my situation here,” said Pompeo TVLine early 2019. “As much as the idea of something new appeals to me … the truth is that I have three children. I don’t really want to travel and leave [them]. I don’t want to be a circus traveler and live in hotels. And the network and the studio continue to stimulate me and only offer me offers I can’t refuse. “
There are other factors to consider – Grey’s remains ABC’s No. 1 program. “I keep saying, ‘I’m ready to move on and I want to stop the show before the ratings drop,’ but the ratings never drop, ‘said the actress.
Indeed, there was a time when Pompeo was ready to scrub out Grey’s. She admitted in a 2018 chat with Entertainment weekly“I’m very excited to be doing some new things, it’s about time I got it mixed up and I’m really excited about my production career, and I’m definitely looking for change.” She also commented, “I feel like we’ve told most of the stories we can tell.”
So, has Grey’s reached a saturation point in storytelling? Recent moments on the show have left fans wondering if the series has lost its spark, including Alex’s sudden exit. Pompeo called the controversial farewell “the best possible storyline.” Many viewers, on the other hand, were mixed with negative reactions to the plot (read more about it here). But the unanimous verdict between both creators and viewers is that Alex’s exit was a significant loss to Grey’s. The only surviving members of the original cast besides Pompeo are James Pickens Jr. (Dr. Richard Webber) and Chandra Wilson (Dr. Miranda Bailey). Grey’s AnatomySales certainly leave us wondering if there is enough momentum to sustain the series.
With a robust cast of characters, Grey’s could hypothetically exist without the character of Pompeo, which, in truth, was primarily a spectator beyond the entire insurance fraud debacle. But it wouldn’t be the same without Meredith, and we sure hope she stays on board to the end.