When Will 'Grey's Anatomy' Come Back? The Winter Hiatus Is a Long One

Nicole Pomarico
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Photo credit: ABC
Photo credit: ABC

From Cosmopolitan

Now that the holidays are officially behind us, so many shows that went on hiatus in December are finally back. But there’s some bad news for Grey’s Anatomy fans like me: Our fave show isn’t one of them. Even though it feels like Season 17 just started—and technically it did, with the premiere episode airing on November 12, it’s on hiatus right now. So when will Grey’s Anatomy come back and bless our Thursday nights again?

When does the show come back from hiatus?

This is where the bad news comes in, because y’all, it’s gonna be awhile. The next new episode airs Thursday, March 4… which might as well be three years from now with the way 2021 has gone so far. A lot will happen between then and now, including a new president being inaugurated and Valentine’s Day. But there’s good news, too. When the show comes back, we’re in for some good TV.

What are we in for when it does come back?

To recap, this season has been taking place in the real 2020, tackling how the doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital are handling the pandemic while Meredith is struggling with a particularly bad case of COVID-19 herself. During her COVID dreams, she’s seeing some of our favorite former cast members come back to life on the beach inside her head, including Derek and George (and that’s just who we’ve seen so far).

Where the show left off in the mid-season finale, things weren’t looking great. Koracick was in the hospital with COVID himself, and though Meredith’s condition seemed to be getting better, she took a turn for the worse and had to be placed on a ventilator. Fortunately, it does sound like there’s a reason to be hopeful for Meredith, according to what showrunner Krista Vernoff said in an interview with Deadline.

“I will say that historically Meredith has defied statistics like that,” Vernoff said. “She has top of the line medical care and an entire team of people dedicated to doing every single thing they can to save her and she has a rough road ahead.”

If Meredith could survive a bomb going off, a deadly plane crash, a hospital shooting, and all of the other traumatic events that I probably forgot about because there are too many, then it would make sense if she survived COVID, too, but obviously, we know that in COVID doesn't work that way in real life.

Vernoff also added that she’s hoping to recruit more former cast members to appear in future episodes, so fingers crossed that when season 17 returns for new episodes, it includes Meredith running into Sloan and Lexie on that beach. Now that we’ve seen George and Derek, those two have got to be next.

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