With Grey’s Anatomy heading into season 14 this fall, fans can’t help but wonder how much longer the veteran drama will continue. Now, thanks to star Ellen Pompeo, they’re getting some insight into when the series might bid farewell.
During a recent interview with Variety, Pompeo, who plays the lead, Dr. Meredith Grey, revealed that the fate of Grey’s Anatomy is directly tied to her interest in continuing her role, explaining that showrunner Shonda Rhimes has committed to ending the show whenever the actress decides the time is right to walk away.
“Shonda [Rhimes] and I have both said that when I’m ready to stop, we’re going to stop the show,” Pompeo told Variety in March about how much longer Grey’s might go on. “The story is about Meredith Grey’s journey and when I’m done, the show will end.”
The good news is that Pompeo doesn’t think that journey is close to ending just yet, and she’s not ready to walk away from something that people love.
“You don’t walk away from something for nothing,” she told Variety, after pointing out that someday, when the audience feels the time as right, and she thinks Meredith has finished her mission (or journey), the drama will come to a close.
“I’m really open to whatever the universe presents. I don’t know how long the show will go on. I know the network and the studio like to say they see no end in sight, but I think the audience will tell us when the show is no-longer a fan favorite,” Pompeo continued. “I think it’s quite arrogant to assume the show can go on forever — I don’t like that approach. Right now, we’re very lucky to have the fans still hanging on, and I think the fans will let us know when it’s time to stop the show.”
Seeing as fans still can’t seem to get enough of doctor drama and are BIG supporters of Pompeo’s character, we’re hoping the actress sticks with her plan to stay until the series meets its natural end.
Grey’s Anatomy returns for season 14 with a two-hour premiere on September 28, 2017 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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