Want the latest State of the Relationship update for Meredith and Riggs on “Grey’s Anatomy“? Here’s where we stand.
-Are the feelings there? Check.
-Is the willingness to take things to the next level there? Not entirely.
-Is the willingness there to at least tell Maggie what’s going on? Maybe on one side of things.
Right in the middle of a procedure — which is of course the optimal time for doctors to discuss their feelings — Ellen Pompeo and Martin Henderson’s characters have a chat in the sneak peek below from Thursday night’s new episode. In it, Meredith makes it clear why she doesn’t want to be the one to tell her that Maggie “can’t have the good thing,” a statement that flatters Riggs immensely since he is now officially upgraded to “good thing” status. Of course, for him he argues that there is good that can come out of telling her, mostly a sense of relief that he does not have to continually reject her if she diagnoses his most-recent response as Hard-to-Get Syndrome.
We’ve said this before, and we stick to it: The longer Meredith and Riggs wait on getting this out in the open, the more they risk a Maggie implosion. It’s one thing to lie to someone about a relationship; it’s another thing entirely when this person you’re lying to is your sister, and you continue to keep the lie going while she flounders around.
If we were to play psychiatrist here (which, by the way, we’re not even remotely qualified to do), we’d argue that the motivation behind these actions for Meredith is a desire to have something secret and sacred. Whether it be the death of Derek to every professional success and failure she’s had over the course of the career, they’ve all been public. This is something to have for herself, separate from the world, and she values that.
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