After a nail-biting winter finale episode, Grey's Anatomy will not be airing a new season 17 episode for several weeks.
Much to the devastation of fans, the hit medical show will be taking a winter hiatus after airing a total of six episodes in season 17.
Season 17 of Grey's Anatomy has already given us jaw-dropping character returns and an intense COVID-19 storyline. But just when things turned even more suspenseful in the latest episode, the ABC medical show decided to take a break starting in late December — which means, sadly, there will not be new episodes of Grey's Anatomy until early next year in March.
If it seems like the new season of Grey's just started, it's because it essentially has — it only premiered in early November, and there have only been a total of six episodes since then! Needless to say, fans were devastated over the news — especially after the most recent episode ended with a major cliffhanger when we saw Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) being put on the ventilator after her battle with COVID-19 took a turn for the worse.
"So you’re telling me I have to wait till March to see if Meredith makes it??" one fan wrote on Twitter. "The fact that I have to wait until March to see what happens after the Grey's Anatomy winter finale, I'm livid," another tweeted.
But really, why is there no new episode of Grey's Anatomy until next year?
Following the show's winter finale, Grey's Anatomy is taking a hiatus for the winter season. Though the show has taken mid-season breaks before, this season's hiatus comes only after six episodes — which is fairly early considering the fact that season 17 will have a total of only 16 episodes, making it one of the shortest seasons in the show's history. Still, it's not unusual for shows to go on a hiatus during the holidays.
So when will Grey's Anatomy return for season 17?
Unfortunately, it'll be quite a bit until we can reunite with the doctors over at Grey-Sloan (and find out what happens with Meredith!), as Grey's Anatomy will be returning on Thursday, March 11, 2021. Previously, the medical drama was set to come back on March 4, but ABC announced it gave the show an additional week as "extra cushion" for filming amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The March 11 episode will be a crossover event with Station 19 and will air at 8 p.m. ET. As teased in the clip below, Andrew (Giacomo Gianniotti) and Carina DeLuca (Stefania Spampinato) appear to get closer to a kidnapper despite Ben (Jason George) and Maya (Danielle Savre)'s warnings to keep their distance.
While we wait to see how everything unfolds, we'll just be over here re-watching all those emotional beach scenes over and over again.
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