It wasn’t for the headlines, or the rankings, and even only for the sake of a gripping Grey’s Anatomy story arc that showrunner Krista Vernoff determined to have Ellen Pompeo’s Meredith take a look at constructive for COVID-19. It was for the real-life first-responders on the frontlines of the pandemic.

“Last week, we felt Meredith Grey’s ache as a health care provider treating an early surge of COVID sufferers,” the EP famous to The Hollywood Reporter. “This week, we start to expertise what it’s for her to be a COVID affected person herself.”

Sadly, it’s an expertise that too lots of Grey’s real-life counterparts have already had. In truth, “over 1,700 healthcare employees in the US have died of COVID up to now,” Vernoff factors out. “Many 1000’s extra have been contaminated.

“Healthcare employees are on the frontlines of this disaster,” she provides, “dwelling by a conflict for which they weren’t educated.”

Given the alternative, she could not flip away —or enable the ABC drama to take action. “We noticed a possibility to dramatize and illuminate their plight by the extremely well-loved and well-known character of Meredith Grey,” she explains. “Doctors and nurses are combating for us and falling for us.

“Theleastwe will do is put on a masks, socially distance and keep dwelling every time doable,” she continues. “Meredith has an actual battle forward of her. And… she has that seashore. Darkness and lightweight.”

Already, the shore that Grey visits when dreaming has reunited her with late husband Derek (Patrick Dempsey in the shock look of the millennium). And when the show returns on Thursday, Dec. 3 (9/8c), “one other individual from her previous” will roll in with the tide. “It’s a strong season,” says Vernoff. “Stay tuned.”

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