Grey’s Anatomy final season speculation

Peyton Finnegan, Courier Staff

Grey’s Anatomy is set to return to ABC in the fall for its 17th season. This immensely successful series is one of the most prosperous in the history of television. This is quite remarkable, considering it has gone through several cast changes and time-slot changes. Premiering in March of 2005, this American medical drama series spotlights the lives of surgical interns, residents and attendings as they grow into seasoned doctors while balancing their professional and personal relationships. Developed and written by Shonda Rhimes, Grey’s Anatomy has grown into one of the largest television dramas to ever air. However, speculation over the last few months has left many fans wondering whether they are heading into their final season. The show is also the longest running scripted primetime series currently airing on ABC. The series revolves around the title character, Dr. Meredith Grey who is played by Ellen Pompeo. Grey is first featured as an intern and later becomes the chief of general surgery, all the while exploring the ups and downs of messy relationships and workplace drama. Grey’s Anatomy has been well received by critics throughout much of its run and has been included in various critics’ year-end top 10 lists. Since the beginning, the show has been described by the media as a television “phenomenon,” owing to its longevity and dominant ratings.

Pompeo is only contractually obligated for one more season, so will this be the end? As rumors of her disinterest in continuing production after season 17 continue to spread, fans everywhere are heartbroken. Longtime Grey’s Anatomy fan Mary Kilbourne elaborates, “Even though I hold this show near and dear to my heart, I think it’s time for the storyline to come to an end. I believe this because the storylines are becoming very repetitive and it will never live up to the original cast.”

Many fans share a similar outlook on the show, claiming that the recent storylines are becoming derivatives of past plots. Another problem that continuously arises within the show is actor retention. Many original cast members feel they have “done their time.” This is understandable, however it still changes the show nonetheless. For instance, in the most recent season, actor Justin Chambers had his final episode as Pediatric Surgeon “Dr. Alex Karev.” This was hard for fans because he was one of the original cast members in 2005.

Like everything in the world, all good things must come to an end, and if you ask me, 17 seasons is a pretty good run.