By Sammie Cohen
ABC’s 17-season medical drama “Grey's Anatomy” ended its 17th season last week. The episode, titled “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” was produced by Krista Vernoff. Since the show has been renewed for an 18th season, the episode left fans eagerly waiting for the fall when new episodes will be released.
The show stars Ellen Pompeo, who plays Dr. Meredith Grey. Throughout the season, Meredith has been suffering from COVID and was hospitalized for over three months. While she was on a ventilator, she had dreams about being on a beach, where she saw past characters from the show who have passed away, including Derek Shepherd, Mark Sloan, George O’Malley, and Lexie Grey.
In addition to highlighting the padnemic’s impact on doctors and hospitals, the season also showed the complex relationships among the doctors. One of these relationships was between Maggie Pierce and Winston Ndugu. In the season finale, they planned to get married during the peak of the pandemic--or so they thought. Another relationship viewers witnessed was Atticus Lincoln (Link) and Amelia Shepherd. Season 16 ended abruptly because filming needed to stop due to COVID, and season 17 began with the two welcoming their son to the family. In the season finale, Link decided to propose to Amelia, but he didn’t get the response he wanted.
The season also included the COVID vaccine trial process. Levi Schmitt was the first doctor at the Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital to receive the vaccine. In the finale, we see all the doctors receiving their first and second doses.
Throughout the season, many characters were lost, and old ones were brought back. Jackson Avery left to go to Boston, and April Kepner was brought back to the show for an episode. Andrew DeLuca, another doctor at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital, was killed in the earlier episodes of the season.
“Grey’s” Season 17 was definitely a season to remember. Relationships, COVID, and, of course, drama in the hospital. The finale has fans eagerly awaiting Season 18.