🚨 There are obviously MASSIVE spoilers ahead for Grey's Anatomy Season 19! 🚨
It's hard to believe it sometimes, but Grey's Anatomy is currently airing its 19th season (yes, NINETEEN), and with it the show has revamped itself once again by introducing a new class of interns, bringing back Addison (Kate Walsh), and more.
However, one of the biggest storylines at the center of this season is Ellen Pompeo's upcoming departure as a series regular. Earlier this year, she revealed that she would appear in only eight episodes of Season 19.
So if you're keeping track, the most recent episode, titled "Thunderstruck," was the sixth of Ellen's expected eight episodes for the season.
At the beginning of the season, Meredith's storyline was mainly focused on her being chief of surgery and helping to restart the intern program at Grey Sloan. However, a few episodes ago, the focus shifted to Meredith trying to help Zola (Aniela Gumbs), who has been experiencing panic attacks and anxiety, particularly at school.
This led to Meredith finding out that Zola is extremely smart and gifted, so she might be suited for a more advanced school program. Cut to a trip to Boston, where Zola falls head over heels in love with a STEM school, and Meredith realizes that what is best for her daughter might be to move.
It also helped that Jackson (Jesse Williams), who is now running the Catherine Fox Foundation in Boston, offered Meredith resources to start researching a cure for Alzheimer's. Honestly, if Meredith was going to leave Seattle, this all makes sense.
So this all led to the Season 19 fall finale this week, which featured Meredith emailing her resignation letter to everyone at Grey Sloan as she prepares to say goodbye.
Of course, this is Grey's Anatomy, so the beginning of Meredith's farewell arc didn't go off without chaos. The fall finale centered on a thunderstorm hitting Seattle...and naturally, the episode ended with lightning hitting Meredith's house and setting it on fire.
Yes, the beloved intern house, aka Meredith's childhood home, that has been a staple since literally Season 1, was on fire, with Meredith looking on as upset as you could imagine.
And what made this moment even more emotional for longtime fans like me is that so far, the only item that managed to make it out of the house was Meredith and Derek's Post-it wedding note, which Maggie and Winston had found in the attic earlier.
This is all to say that the episode definitely had the "out with the old, in with the new" vibe during the closing minutes as it set up Ellen's final episodes for the season.
Fans of Grey's Anatomy are already very emotional over Ellen's departure from the series as a main cast member. So here are some of the best reactions to the beginning of Meredith's farewell:
the tears in her eyes i feel sick all her memories from the past 19 years all disappearing right in front of her #greysanatomy
i dont think greysabc knows burning that house down is like killing off a main character level #greysanatomy
HASNT THIS FAMILY GONE THROUGH ENOUGH ALREADY #greysanatomy
"This is everyone's house" #GreysAnatomy
THE FERRY BOAT SCRUB CAP, ZOLAS VIDEO TAPES, THE TUMOR ON THE WALL, THE CANDLES FROM THE HOUSE OF CANDLES THAT MER BUILT, KIDNEY IN A JAR, DEREKS PHONE, THAT ONE PIC ON THEIR NIGHTSTAND OF MERDER HUGGING, DEREKS BLANKET, ZOLAS WINGS AND MEMORIES OF EVERYONE WHO LIVED THERE- gone
The post-it note being the only thing saved just made me cry #GreysAnatomy
im not ready to say goodbye to meredith grey #GreysAnatomy