Goodbye to Meredith Grey after 19 seasons

Megan McKay, Staff writer

“Grey’s Anatomy” could finally be coming to an end with Season 20.

The decision to end a long- running series can be a difficult one, especially for one as popular as the medical drama, and needs to be a carefully- weighed choice that considers the characters and the show’s narrative potential.

In the case of “Grey’s Anatomy”—given just how much change the show has experienced since its start—in a way it has already become a fully new story that needs to conclude.

The news of a possible conclusion to the show comes after the star actor Ellen Pompeo announced that she will be leaving midway through Season 19 and will only return for the season finale.

Season 20 has not been announced, but it is likely that it will, giving the show a proper conclusion.

Ellen Pompeo, who is currently 53, has played the same role of Dr. Meredith Grey for 19 years. To be expected, playing the same character for almost two decades can be quite tiring.

Pompeo and show creator Shonda Rhimes stated that they expected the show to end when the actress departed.

For the narrative it would make proper sense that the main actress and the show both go out together.

The show is in fact named after Pompeo’s character and that she has largely been the main point of view character.

If the show were to continue with Pompeo it would feel as if there was a narrative dissonance.

I believe it is best for the show to end with Pompeo especially to mark a tribute to her tenure and exceptional acting.

Since “Grey’s Anatomy” first premiered, it has become the longest-running scripted primetime show and the longest-scripted primetime series carried by ABC.

In the trailer for the mid- season premiere of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Meredith Grey seems wistful.

“This is where I learned to be a doctor. This is the place where I found my family. The place where I fell in love,” the surgeon says.

She goes on to say, “Sometimes change is good. Sometimes change is everything.”

Speaking straight from the character change seems like the best decision for the long running show which has recently lost many loyal fans since the departure of many original characters.

In a post, Pompeo stated,

“I am eternally grateful and humbled by the love and support you have all shown me, Meredith GREY and the show for 19 seasons!” Pompeo wrote via Instagram at the time, “Through it all … none of it … would have been possible without the best fans in the world. You all are RIDERS and you all have made the ride so fun and ICONIC!!”

She continued: “I love you madly and appreciate you right back. This isn’t your first time on the rollercoaster… you know the show must go on and I’ll definitely be back to visit.”

In conclusion, “Grey’s Anatomy” has revolved around Pompeo.

The show has slowed down significantly and has struggled to find consistently enjoyable content.

Many viewers are happy with the beginning seasons of the show and I think that has been the bread and butter for the fandom.

I believe there is no more that needs to be accomplished with the series besides a proper goodbye for the historically loyal and exceptional acting done by Pompeo.

Keep an eye out for an announcement regarding a potential upcoming final season of the iconic show “Grey’s Anatomy.”