After a nail-biting winter finale episode, Grey's Anatomy will not air a new season 17 episode on Thursday, December 24.
Much to the devastation of fans, the hit medical show will be taking a winter hiatus after airing a total of six episodes in season 17.
Grey's Anatomy will return to ABC on Thursday, March 4, 2021.
Season 17 of Grey's Anatomy has already given us so many twists and turns: There's been jaw-dropping character returns, an intense COVID-19 storyline and even a major character's life in the balance. But just when things turned even more suspenseful in the latest episode, it turns out that the ABC medical show is taking a break starting this week — which means, sadly, there will not be new episodes of Grey's Anatomy until early next year in March.
If it seems like the new season of Grey's just started, it's because it essentially has — it only premiered in early November, and there's only been a total of six episodes since then! Needless to say, fans were devastated over the news — especially as last week's episode ended with a major cliffhanger as we saw Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) getting put on the ventilator after her battle with COVID-19 took a turn for the worse.
"So you’re telling me I have to wait till March to see if Meredith makes it??" one fan wrote on Twitter. "The fact that I have to wait until March to see what happens after the Grey's Anatomy winter finale, I'm livid," another tweeted.
But really, why is there no new episode of Grey's Anatomy until next year?
Following last week's episode, which served as the show's winter finale, Grey's Anatomy is taking a hiatus for the winter season. Though the show has taken mid-season breaks before, this season's hiatus comes only after six episodes — which is fairly early even considering the fact that season 17 will have a total of only 16 episodes, making it one of the shortest seasons in the show's history. Still, it's not unusual for shows to go on a hiatus during the holidays.
So when will Grey's Anatomy return for season 17?
Unfortunately, it'll be quite a while until we can reunite with the doctors over at Grey-Sloan (and find out what happens with Meredith!), as Grey's Anatomy will be returning on Thursday, March 4, 2021. As usual, the show will air on ABC during its timeslot of 9 p.m. ET.
In the meantime, I guess we'll just have re-watch all those emotional beach scenes over and over again while we patiently wait for Grey's to return!