It’s hard to believe it but GREY’S ANATOMY has been on the air for thirteen seasons. The stars and executives gathered at PALEYFEST for the first time since 2006 to celebrate the show amongst fans and give some highlights one what to see from the show the rest of the year. The panel included stars Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Kevin McKidd, Jessica Capshaw, Jesse Williams, Sarah Drew, Caterina Scorsone, Camilla Luddington, Jerrika Hinton, Kelly McCreary, Jason George, Martin Henderson, Giacomo Gianniotti, and executive producer Debbie Allen.
The event began with a screening of the upcoming eighteenth episode, set to air March 30, directed by Pompeo. After more than a dozen years on air it’s surprising that Pompeo didn’t take the reins sooner, but when asked why she decided to direct (as if she needed a reason), Pompeo said that Allen wanted her to and “wouldn’t take no for an answer.” The episode centered on Maggie’s mom Diane and her cancer treatment. Fans cried together over the emotional episode as Maggie got advice from her mother who told her to enjoy life and “be slutty.”
When the questions turned to one of the show’s favorite ships, Jackson and April, all anyone wanted to know was if the couple would get back together. Drew kept coy saying, “Everything’s hopeful… they know each other so well and respect each other. They will be okay in the end no matter what.”
The show is famous for its steamy pairings and love triangles. After past heartbreak over losing the love of her life, Pompeo’s Meredith is in a predicament currently with Nathan Riggs taking interest in her, but Meredith also aware that her friend Maggie has feelings for Riggs. When asked about the situation, Pompeo replied, ” Women have to stick together.” The show might advertise the characters’ bedroom habits, but the soul of the show has truly been about the female friendships.
This didn’t stop Henderson, who plays Riggs, from adding his feelings on Meredith not taking an interest in Riggs. “I would respect it, but I think it would be sad because all men know that it’s impossible to be a great man without a good woman by your side.”
When asked about the future of the show, Allen proclaimed, “The end of this season is hot.” Which is really all you could expect and hope for from Grey’s Anatomy.
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