Gray’s Anatomy Season 16 Is Concerning the Penalties Of the Romantic Comedy

Nobody is getting off straightforward in Gray’s Anatomy season 16. 

After everyone had fun falling in love and committing the occasional crime in season 15, they’re now going through the music in a manner they by no means actually have earlier than on this present, to the purpose the place showrunner Krista Vernoff tells us it was like “a celebration within the writers’ room,” particularly for the writers who had been round for as much as 16 years. 

“Any time once you’re 16 seasons in, you provide you with a stroke that daring, it conjures up your whole conversations transferring ahead,” she says. “The hazard in a long-running collection is just repeating your self on a regular basis, and this felt like a factor we had by no means executed, a factor nobody anticipated us to do, and it units us up for a season 16 that feels actually totally different and alive and contemporary.” 

The daring stroke she’s referring to is that after Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) dedicated insurance coverage fraud to get a bit of woman the surgical procedures she wanted, Meredith and her co-conspirators Richard (James Pickens Jr.) and Alex (Justin Chambers) have been fired. Mer is now additionally going through the regulation, since she needed to flip herself in to get DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) out of jail for taking the autumn for her. 

Vernoff tells us that the premiere will choose up proper the place the finale left off, and can then span 4 weeks, however that will not be practically the tip of this explicit story, which marks a “fairly radical” change for the collection that she says is “taking part in by means of this season in an actual manner.” 

“I promise you we’re not wrapping it up on one episode, however we’re spanning a while,” she says. “And we’re kind of setting our foot ahead on the brand new path for the season within the premiere, however the ramifications of final season play by means of this season.” 

Actually, that will simply be the long-awaited theme of season 16. 

“We talked about season 15 because the season of affection, and we have been saying within the writers’ room this yr that it seems like the tip of 15 was the tip of the romantic comedy. Like should you consider season 15 as a romantic comedy film—I typically see romcoms and surprise what occurred after that. Like typically in a romcom an individual chooses somebody they love over another person, however you do not play by means of the results. You aren’t getting to see what occurs after the fortunately ever after, and we have type of been joking that season 16 is just like the fallout from season 15.”

What occurs after you say “I like you?” to your jailed boyfriend? What occurs after Teddy (Kim Raver) chooses Owen (Kevin McKidd), whereas Tom (Greg Germann) is constructing her a nursery?

“Like that is a enjoyable, dramatic, romantic factor, however then there are penalties, and it feels just like the early a part of season 16 is concerning the penalties,” Vernoff says. “And so for Meredith and DeLuca, it is like they have been within the pet love stage and now there’s fairly dramatic stuff occurring her life, and that may check a brand new relationship.” 

And should you’re questioning if meaning we needs to be fearful for MerLuca, the reply is sure, all the time sure. And that goes for all of the {couples}. And for everybody usually.

“Whenever you guys have the query, ‘ought to we be fearful?,’ My reply is sure throughout the board,” she says. “Anybody who’s pondering they’ll are available realizing what {couples} are stable or protected, or what to anticipate, needs to be a bit of fearful.” 

Vernoff says she’s actually enthusiastic about this “dynamic, dramatic season 16.” 

“We have shaken everybody up on the finish of season 15,” she says. “We’re taking part in that by means of, and it is type of like what’s occurring with this season is true once you suppose you recognize what’s gonna occur subsequent or proper once you suppose suppose you recognize what to anticipate, we’re taking a left flip.” 

Here is what else there’s to find out about what’s occurring: 

Jackson and Maggie: “We left them in not an excellent place and we choose them up in not an excellent place, and it’s important to watch to know the way it performs out.” 

We now know because of the primary episode’s description that Jackson (Jesse Williams) just isn’t useless and has to “assist a person in a harmful state of affairs as his relationship with Maggie (Kelly McCreary) involves a brand new crossroad.” However none of that’s making us really feel any higher. 

Jo and Alex: Jo (Camilla Luddington) dedicated herself on the finish of final season, and Vernoff says the season “comply with[s] by means of on that story in away that feels actually stunning and sincere to me.” 

“We play a bit of little bit of it within the season premiere after which we play a bit of bit extra of it a couple of episodes into the season, and I really feel actually longing for Jo and Alex as a result of she’s addressing her psychological well being, however that may be horrifying for Alex as a result of he has a historical past of ladies in his life with psychological well being issues,” Vernoff says, reminding us of Alex’s mom and ex. “So for certain as we head into our season, Alex is shaken up and it is arduous to know precisely the place they are going to land.” 

Richard and Alex: Richard and Alex could not have precisely dedicated the identical crime Mer did, however they’re fired for realizing about it. This leads to each comedy and drama. 

“Jim [Pickens] and Justin [Chambers] are very humorous this season, and it is not simply comedy. This present lives in that dramedy place, so there are dramatic ramifications and penalties, notably for Richard. It is a dramatic shift to be fired from the place that you’ve got labored all these years, and to have your spouse sit by and never do something about you being fired. So there are dramatic penalties for certain, however there’s lots of comedy surrounding it.” 

Gray’s Anatomy returns Thursday, September 26 at eight p.m. on ABC. 

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