fans' happiness over the show returning for its mid-season premiere Thursday night quickly turned into anger, resentment and sadness, when the writers completely blindsided everyone with the death of a major character.
Dr. Andrew DeLuca, portrayed by actor Giacomo Gianniotti since 2015, was stabbed while attempting to pursue and expose a sex trafficker during Thursday night's crossover event with Station 19. While it seemed like DeLuca was initially going to make it, the episode took a shocking turn, when he unexpectedly died on the operating table after saying goodbye to Meredith Grey, who has been in a dream sequence due to being diagnosed with COVID-19.
"I'll miss you. If I go back and you don't, I'll miss you," Meredith told DeLuca.
Following DeLuca's death, viewers immediately took to Twitter to mourn the unexpected loss of their beloved character.