Grey’s Anatomy has become a staple of this generation. Throughout sixteen seasons, the show has brought audience highs of emotions and extreme lows of sadness. One thing that the show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, has proven over the years is that she is not afraid of tackling tough topics. Now, with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic being a medical crisis in real life, Rhimes has decided that Grey’s Anatomy will cover the pandemic in Season 17.
How has COVID-19 affected ‘Grey’s Anatomy’?
Due to the pandemic, a lot of shows had to stop filming. Grey’s Anatomy was one of them. This caused the medical drama to end season 16 four episodes early.
“I think the most important thing is we want to make sure we are flattening the curve and making sure everyone is safe, so we have to end with this episode, because it’s the one that we finished with,” Kim Raver, who plays Dr. Teddy Altman, told Entertainment Tonight. “But the writers are so good that [episode 21] is gonna totally work as a finale, and it’s quintessential Grey’s. You will be laughing and crying simultaneously.”
What will season 17 cover?
Filming has not resumed for the Grey’s cast and there is no set date for when it will begin. But as the writers have begun working again, a lot has changed. The writers always consult real doctors before they start writing to get story ideas. But this year, there was a trend among the doctors.
“We have doctors come and tell us their stories. And usually, that’s a joyful kind of laughing or they’re telling their worst or their funniest or their craziest stories,” the show’s executive producer Krista Vernoff said during a Television Academy panel. “And this year, it has felt more like therapy.
“We’re the first people they’re talking to about these experiences they’re having,” she continued. “They are literally shaking and trying not to cry. They’re pale. And they’re talking about it as war that they were not trained for.”
Because of this, the writers felt like the pandemic had to be addressed.
“We’re going to address this pandemic for sure,” she said. “There’s no way to be a long-running medical show and not do the medical story of our lifetimes.”
Fans think Meredith and Cristina Yang have a cure
Fans have been joking on social media that medical wonders Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang would have come up with a vaccine for COVID-19 by now if they were real.
“Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang would’ve already had the COVID-19 vaccine,” one fan tweeted.
“If anyone can tackle covid it’s Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang,” another person wrote.
And some even predicted that Yang would be written back into the series to solve the pandemic.
“‘I miss Zurich already,’ Dr. Cristina Yang said to herself as she returned to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital to help Dr. Meredith Grey develop a COVID-19 vaccine,” another fan wrote.
There has been no set air date for the new season as filming has not even restarted but the show is aiming for some time in the fall. But first, production will have to figure out a safe way to get everyone back on set.