Grey’s Anatomy season 14, the 300th episode, and a clown mystery

clown mysteryGrey’s Anatomy season 14 is clearly ready to dive into the whole creepy clown mystery that we’ve seen elsewhere. How do you explain the latest news otherwise?

According to a new report coming in right now via TVLine, there is going to be some sort of terrifying clown who plays a part in this huge milestone episode — which, for the record, has a title that is very clearly a reference to the musical Hamilton. The goal of the episode seems to be to celebrate the characters’ past and present, discuss their legacy, but also still keep things somewhat rooted within the world we know now. Krista Vernoff, the returning executive producer, is responsible for writing the episode, while fellow EP Debbie Allen is serving as the director. It shouldn’t be a shock that this is the one-two punch that the show goes with, given that fellow EP Shonda Rhimes has a number of other things on her plate at the moment in between Scandal and whatever it is that she is planning at Netflix. (Here’s a crazy thought — it’s actually been over seven years since a show solely created by Shonda got onto TV. She has to be sitting on some really-interesting ideas at this point, right?)

In getting back to the idea of clowns as a main focus of the show’s story, one of the big things that you have to wonder is this: Do we really need more clowns on TV? Obviously, the revived version of IT has become an enormous box-office smash, and reignited a phobia that has become more of a hot thing the past several years. If you add to this American Horror Story: Cult, then you’ve got reminders all over the place that clowns are almost omnipresent in pop culture. If Grey’s Anatomy is going to go in this direction, we hope that it’s an interesting spin on it and not the same exact hot-take that has been done time and time again on other shows. With this sort of show, you do want to continue to see some interesting story twists and turns … even with clowns.

If the clowns are too much for you, rest assured that there’s probably a number of other elements in the episode — based on what we’ve seen at CarterMatt over the years, Grey’s Anatomy doesn’t like to bring just one thing to the table. They give you a lot of different stories and opportunities to see some crazy stuff. We hope that there’ll be a few unexpected surprises by around the time you do make it to the end of this episode. It’s almost weird to say as a TV site that we hope there are some things that don’t get out in the press, but that actually is the case. Surprises every now and then really are what makes this show special and notable.

Do you think a clown mystery on Grey’s Anatomy is good?

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