Grey’s Anatomy season 17, episode 1: When will Grey’s Anatomy return?
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Grey’s Anatomy was unable to finish filming season 16 before the world went into lockdown. This meant the final few episodes weren’t shown and the ABC series instead had a makeshift finale. Fear not though as the network has already confirmed there will be more new episodes to come.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Grey’s Anatomy.
There were a lot of questions left unanswered when series 16 came to an end.
One of the main ones being whether or not Dr Owen Hunt (played by Kevin McKidd) stayed with Dr Teddy Altman (Kim Raver).
Just before they were about to get married, Owen found out Teddy had cheated on him with her ex-boyfriend Dr Tom Koracick (Greg Germann).
So when the series finished, it remained unclear if Owen would forgive Teddy for the betrayal.
Meanwhile, Dr Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone) and Dr. Atticus “Link” Lincoln (Chris Carmack) had their son but the season ended before fans could find out what they called him.
When will Grey’s Anatomy season 17, episode 1 be released?
As of writing this article, an official release date has not been announced.
Season 17 is expected to start sometime this autumn so there shouldn’t be too much of a wait until Grey’s Anatomy is back on our screens.
However, filming was due to start at the end of this month but has now been pushed back to September which could cause a further delay in the show’s return.
Express.co.uk will update this article when a release date has been revealed for the next season.
According to the cast and crew though, it sounds like the new episodes will definitely be worth the wait.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, actor Giacomo Gianniotti who portrays Dr Andrew DeLuca in the series opened up about what fans can expect.
Gianniotti explained: “We’re going to start the season about a month and a half [into] full Covid, so it’s going to take place a little beyond where we left off in the last season.
“We might have some flashbacks. We might have some things where we’re referencing last season, just to have context leading up.
“But we are going to have a little leap when we start this season in terms of time.”
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Gianniotti also said how there could be a Black Lives Matter plot weaved into the show.
The BLM movement started following the death of George Floyd who was killed after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis earlier this year.
The Grey’s Anatomy actor continued: “I’m just speculating at this point.
“All the writers and producers have said they’re really interested in telling the stories of everything that has been going on with the Black Lives Matter movement during this time and
it’s certainly something that, whether it’s the first episode or the second.
“They’re very interested in telling people those stories.”
Fans could also find out more about Owen’s background in the upcoming season.
Little is known about him prior to being employed at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital apart from the fact he had previously served in the army.
Showrunner Krista Vernoff opened up on Quaranstreaming: Comfort TV That Keeps Us Going panel about speaking to real-life doctors about the Covid-19 crisis.
She said: “The doctors come in and we’re the first people they’re talking to about these types of experiences they’re having.
“They are literally shaking and trying not to cry, they’re pale, and they’re talking about it as war — a war that they were not trained for.
“And that’s been one of our big conversations about Owen, is that he’s actually trained for this in a way that most of the other doctors aren’t.”
Grey’s Anatomy is available to watch on ABC.
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