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Does Creator Shonda Rhimes Have A Grey’s Anatomy Ending In Mind?

Shonda Rhimes - Grey's Anatomy creator
Shonda Rhimes [Image @shondarhimes/Instagram]

ABC’s hit hospital drama, Grey’s Anatomy has recently entered its nineteenth season and doesn’t look like it is going away any time soon. However, the series creator Shonda Rhimes, 52, recently spoke to People about the series’ ending. She was asked this after having changed the planned ending 15 times.

Shonda Rhimes has no Grey’s Anatomy ending planned right now

Shonda Rhimes creator of Grey's Anatomy
Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes [Image @shondarhimes/Instagram]

According to Grey’s Anatomy creator, Shonda Rhimes, nothing will impact the end of the show now. In fact, she told People that the ending has changed so much since her initial plan. Basically, this means there is no longer a set ending to the medical series.

While Rhimes had admitted years ago that she had the ending planned in advance, she probably didn’t realize just how many seasons of the show would run. In fact, as the show enters its 19th season, with no end in sight, this means there is no planned ending to the show. Shonda explained:

I’ve had 15 different endings for this show, and the show just keeps going. So anything that I had ever planned is no longer even mildly relevant.

In fact, Rhimes said that it was a very long time ago that she had any ending planned. She added:

I think maybe eight seasons ago I stopped thinking about it. There’s nothing that’s changed because there was nothing there to change.

Ellen Pompeo’s hiatus from the show

Ellen Pompeo, Caterina Scorsone and Kate Walsh in Grey's Anatomy
Ellen Pompeo, Caterina Scorsone and Kate Walsh [Image @katewalsh/Instagram]

Shonda’s revelation comes as lead actor Ellen Pompeo takes a hiatus from Grey’s Anatomy for season 19. As reported, the actress who plays Meredith Grey will only star in eight episodes of the current season. While she will still narrate the episodes, she will be working on a new project with Hulu. In fact, she will star in and produce a limited series inspired by the 2009 film Orphan.

When Rhimes was asked if Pompeo’s absence will change the series ending in any way, she was quick to respond, saying, “No, we’re all good there.”

Moreover, back in 2021, Shonda said she may not even be the one to write the ending to Grey’s Anatomy. In fact, the talented lady is involved in a number of other projects. These include the hit Regency romance series Bridgerton on Netflix.

Meanwhile, Rhimes has officially signed a massive deal with the streamer. She said that, due to this, she might not even be the person who decides what the final scene of Grey’s Anatomy will be.

Grey's Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff interviewed about season 19
Grey’s Anatomy cast flashback [Image @therealjamespickens/Instagram]

Rhimes recently said in Variety’s Show Woman of the Year issue, that if they had asked her this question three years ago, she would have known exactly how it will end. However, with Krista Vernoff also on the job, she said once you hand off the ball, it is just different, so she doesn’t know yet.

However, the Grey’s Anatomy creator did confirm that when it is time to end the series, she will be the one to call for the curtain.

On another note, it was recently reported that a “group of old men” told Shonda Rhimes at the start that the medical drama series would fail.

Season 19 of Grey’s Anatomy airs on Thursdays at 9/8c on ABC and is available for streaming on Hulu.


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