SPOILER ALERT: The story contains particulars about tonight’s Season 17 finale of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.
ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy closed out its seventeenth season Thursday night time with a finale that fast-forwarded by eight months of the pandemic, from July 2020 to April 2021, and the main life occasions for the Grey Sloan Memorial medical doctors over that interval, together with two makes an attempt at a Maggie-Winston wedding ceremony (one aborted and one profitable), two makes an attempt at a Link-Amelia proposal (one aborted and one unsuccessful), one Owen-Teddy proposal (accepted) and a profitable adoption for Jo who turned Luna’s mother — and, in one of many finale’s largest twists — presumably Link’s new love curiosity.
Like many episodes this Covid-themed season, the finale began on the seaside, with Meredith, in April 2021, throwing rose petals on the sand and reminiscing about all of the instances individuals have requested her what she had realized from surviving Covid. “It taught me that I’m still alive,” Meredith says. And with that, we return to…
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The highlights of that month embrace Jo vowing to maneuver out, aggravated over Schmitt and their new roommate Helm’s fixed banter on mundane topics, like fruit, and Meredith returning to the hospital as the brand new head of the residency program.
Maggie and Winston change vows and are about to be pronounced husband and spouse at a small yard ceremony when his mom and her father object, urging them to attend and do a correct wedding ceremony “in a church, or at least with more than 10 people.” All agree, and the nuptials are halted (although the champagne and cake don’t go to waste).
Gerlie Bernardo (visitor actress Aina Dumlao), a nurse at an assisted dwelling facility, is admitted with Covid signs.
Amelia’s despair, which turned evident when Link instructed they fight for a second baby within the final episode, will get deeper. “So much fear,” she tells a Zoom assist group, which incorporates Richard, noting that “my child’s father is not one of us” as she doesn’t share his shiny outlook on life, marriage and extra children. “I feel lonely; I wish he got it.”
Jo’s current sudden closeness with Link took one other main step when she asks him to use to foster Luna after she was rejected over a failed background verify and a household had provided to take the child in. He agrees, and the choice provides to Amelia’s mounting anxiousness when he tells her about it.
Meredith is exterior when Gerlie is discharged and wheeled out. The two chat about survivors guilt “that doesn’t go away” when Gerlie out of the blue collapses.
Gerlie develops problems, and Meredith will get dizzy when she scrubs in to carry out a easy process on her in her return to the OR.
Link’s foster software is accepted, and the home inspection by a social employee is one other set off for Amelia when he tells her that, whereas the fostering of Luna can be short-term, “we will need (baby-proofing) one day when we have a second child.”
“I don’t want what he wants,” Jo tells her assist group, now assembly in individual outdoor. “I don’t know if that’s the disease thinking or just me, but marriage and more kids, I don’t want it, and I can’t tell him, and I’m mad, I’m mad at me.”
Teddy has a bout of Covid however has delicate signs and doesn’t infect anybody, nevertheless it will get her even nearer with Owen.
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Gerlie is rendered not eligible for a lung transplant.
Link once more confides to his new greatest pal Jo, exhibiting her a number of engagement rings he had purchased for Amelia and asking for recommendation which one to suggest with.
At a Christmas celebration at their home, Link is seconds away from proposing in entrance of everyone when it begins snowing within the yard. It is a part of an elaborate proposal Owen had deliberate for Teddy.
“We have hurt each other but we have forgiven each other,” he says as faux snow is falling. “We don’t make sense to the rest of the world but we make sense to us.” She says sure.
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Richard tells Amelia that her romantic relationship with Link “doesn’t have to work” and so they can simply co-parent collectively.
“You are allowed to want what you want, even if it’s not what he wants,” he says. While Richard notes that he’s not telling her to depart Link, he basically does.
Gerlie will get on a double lung transplant listing. “We need to stop thinking of Covid in terms of who survives and who does not,” Meredith says. “There will be millions of people who will be suffering from the after effects of Covid, and we need to advocate for them as hard as we advocate for everybody else.” This is a attainable trace at a subject Grey’s could cowl subsequent season.
A “shark” lawyer wins Jo custody of Luna. But youngsters are costly, and to have the means to take care of her, Jo has offered her shares within the hospital, which she initially provided to Link. The purchaser is non aside from Koracick (Greg Germann), who, in a video name, tells an exasperated Bailey that “I want to have a skin in the game” and that he would now be on board conferences and might want to evaluation expense and progress studies. The transfer explains showrunner Krista Vernoff’s plan to have Germann — who exited as a series regular two episodes ago, when Koracick adopted Jackson (Jesse Williams) to work for his basis in Boston — again as a visitor star subsequent season. Williams and German had been two of three sequence regulars to exit the present this season, together with Giacomo Gianniotti.
We are again on the seaside with Meredith sprinkling petals, quickly joined by considered one of her daughters. Turns out she is setting the stage for Maggie and Winston’s wedding ceremony redo.
The ceremony in entrance of their households and colleagues goes and not using a hitch this time however, earlier than the reception, Meredith will get a name that they’ve donor lungs for Gerlie, and she or he and Teddy rush to the hospital. The transplant is profitable, the marriage reception is joyous, with the 2 combined up in an emotional montage.
Link pulls Amelia from the celebration for a romantic proposal on the seaside, with Meredith’s youngsters holding the rings. “I know the last year has been intense, but I do know that, no matter what happens, I want to go through it with you,” he says. “You challenge me, you thrill me, you impress the hell out of me, and there is definitely no one on earth like you so please would you do me the honor of marrying me?” Amelia appears horrified and doesn’t utter a phrase.
Jo strikes into Jackson’s previous residence with Luna and has a short, candy video chat with Jackson who needs her “welcome home.” Before she may ship change-of-address notification to her pals, there’s a ring on the door and a heartbroken Link walks in, asking her whether or not he may crash at her place.
In the ultimate montage, the marriage celebration — in formal apparel — all go to the hospital to present Meredith (and Teddy) a clap-out following the transplant surgical procedure. Meredith has not seemed this pleased in a very long time. “I’m still alive,” she says within the voice-over.
“We initially wrote Meredith’s clap-out to be when she was discharged from the hospital, in Episode 1715,” she mentioned. “But we quickly realized that moment seemed like the end of the season, so we came up with the brilliant idea of Meredith escaping her own clap-out, which felt very Meredith Grey to us. So many people had struggled with Covid, and she didn’t want to feel any different than anyone else. So we decided to clap Meredith out of the OR instead, which felt like the ultimate victory to her journey this season. That shot of Meredith, in the OR corridor, surrounded by her people, laughing and smiling in her scrub cap… It gives me all the feels. It gives me hope after such a hard year.”
As the nation is slowly rising from the pandemic, this was a becoming uplifting ending to a season, which tackled the pandemic head-on, depicting its devastating affect on victims’ households and healthcare staff.
The season, which additionally featured the tragic dying of DeLuca (Gianniotti), struck an emotional stability, bringing pleasure to followers with the shock returns of Derek (Patrick Dempsey), George (T.R. Knight) in addition to Mark and Lexie (Eric Dane, Chyler Leigh) through the dream seaside motif whereas Meredith was a coma, battling Covid.
“There’s lightness and beauty inside the darkness,” Vernoff informed Deadline in March.
Season 17 of Grey’s Anatomy was devoted to the healthcare staff who put their lives on the road to save lots of others through the pandemic. At the tip of the finale, the present additionally acknowledged the present’s Health and Safety Team.