Recently, it was announced that Grey’s Anatomy season 15 would be receiving something that we’re more than excited with: Another episode tacked on to what is typically a 24-episode order. (Technically, there were three more episodes orders from an initial 22-episode run, but we’re so used to getting 24 at this point that two of those don’t feel particularly notable.)
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Yet, what we are left to wonder at the moment is this: Why order the episode, and what will the show do to take advantage of having that little bit of extra network real estate? We’ve got a feeling that it will take advantage of this to tell a story that’s powerful, unique, and a little bit different.
We almost like to think of getting an extra episode or two of a show, so late into the writing process of a season, as getting a free play in football — you don’t have anything to lose, so you might as well take a big risk and see what happens. Grey’s Anatomy is going to have a number of episodes this season that are very much true to form, so with that in mind, why not take episode #25 and do something experimental? Maybe this is a standalone episode on a character or two we don’t see all that much of. We know that, at first, there could be some resistance to this idea by people who like some of the typical familiar faces. Yet, at the same time how do you make some other characters more appealing unless you find a way to get them more of the spotlight?
Another idea is that you play around with some sort of alternate-universe concept, do a flashback story, or allow us an opportunity to see the doctors almost entirely outside of the hospital for a change. Some of the best Grey’s Anatomy episodes are the ones that make a conscious effort to stand out. It’s just so hard to do that at this point when you are fifteen seasons in and there are so many ideas that you’ve already tried out. How do you still find material that’s fresh? It’s not the easiest thing in the world and that’s where we give the writers a good bit of credit.
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