Over the course of the Grey’s Anatomy season 16 premiere, we could see the writers play around with time in some interesting ways.
How so? When speaking to TVLine, executive producer Krista Vernoff confirmed that the first episode is going to pick up immediately where the season 15 finale left off. That will allow for the writers to have a chance to address some of the big story threads that were left out there at the end of last season, including Teddy’s baby, Meredith and DeLuca’s crisis, and the status of several currently-fired doctors at the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.
Beyond that, Vernoff also notes that the premiere will move forward an unspecified length of time — there will be some sort of progression as the episode goes along, which isn’t necessarily foreign with this show. We’ve seen a single hour bring the story forward months before, and we wouldn’t be altogether shocked if this sort of thing happens again. Remember even how the show jumped around in time after Derek’s death? This isn’t a revolutionary concept.
No matter the time jump, Vernoff makes it clear that there is still fallout from the end of this season that needs to be dealt with — most notably when it comes to what’s going on with Meredith and DeLuca in the aftermath of her decisions:
“They’ve got to navigate the complexities of a new relationship in the wake of Meredith having been fired and having broken the law … There are stressors on their very new relationship coming from the ramifications of those decisions last season.”
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This is a situation that dramatically alters the dynamic between these characters. Previously, DeLuca was working in a lesser position than Meredith at the hospital and had to navigate that dynamic alongside also their romantic bond. Now, the work dynamic is in tatters. While Meredith may be financially secure, there are questions about what she’ll do with her new-found time … provided that she is out of a job for long. We just have a hard time imagining Grey’s Anatomy continuing to be a hospital drama in the long-term without Meredith Grey being a part of it.
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