‘Grey’s Anatomy’ preview: Ellen Pompeo’s final regular episode

The actor’s last episode will air on February 23.

Shonda Rhimes’ medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” stars Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo). very: Her mother’s death from Alzheimer’s, being held at gunpoint, miscarriages, being stranded in the woods for days after a plane crash that killed her sister, watching her husband die in a car accident, almost dying from COVID, and more tragedies than what could reasonably be listed.

Now, the character is moving on to (hopefully) greener, less traumatic pastures in the midseason premiere of “I Follow the Sun,” in which he leaves the hospital/death trap Gray Sloan Memorial after 19 seasons. The trailer for the episode, which premiered on ABC on February 23, was released on Wednesday at the channel’s Television Critics Association winter press conference.

Written by series showrunner Krista Vernoff and directed by Debbie Allen, “Following the Sun” sees Meredith celebrate her last day on staff at Gray Sloan Memorial after deciding to head to Boston for a new job researching a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. In the episode, Meredith toasts her friends and colleagues, who throw her a surprise farewell party at the hospital. Of course, it wouldn’t be “Grey’s Anatomy” without some drama, so the episode also features Meredith’s love interest, Nick (Scott Speedman), confronting her about the state of their relationship now that she’s leaving.

“This is the place where I studied medicine, where I found my family, where I fell in love,” Pompeo says in the teaser. “Sometimes change is everything.”

While this is Pompeo’s final episode to star, it won’t be his final bow on the long-running series, as he’s expected to return for the season 19 finale and continue to serve as narrator. Pompeo announced her exit from the show that made her famous over the summer when she was cast in a Hulu original series inspired by the case of Natalia Grace, a Ukrainian orphan who was adopted before her parents claimed she was an adult masquerading as a child. With Pompeo’s exit, James Pickens Jr. and Chandra Wilson are the last two actors left on the show from the original cast of nine.

Grey’s Anatomy also stars Kevin McKidd, Caterina Scorsone, Camilla Luddington, Kelly McCreary, Kim Raver, Jake Borelli, Chris Carmack, Anthony Hill, Alexis Floyd, Harry Shum Jr., Adelaide Kane, Midori Francis and Niko Terho. Vernoff, Allen and Pompeo executive produce the series with Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Meg Marinis and Zoanne Clack producing. ABC Signature, a subsidiary of Disney Television Studios, is producing the series.

Watch the “Grey’s Anatomy” midseason premiere trailer below.


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