Ellen Pompeo Teases the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17 Premiere: ‘We Are Bringing It’

We’re two weeks away from the Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 premiere, and you better get ready after Ellen Pompeo’s latest teaser. The actor behind the beloved Meredith Grey recently hinted what to expect from the new season — and basically, it’s going to be worth the wait.

Ellen Pompeo hints the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17 premiere will be shocking

Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey on the 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 17 premiere in 2020 wearing a mask
Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | ABC

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On Oct. 29, Pompeo appeared on Variety’s virtual Power of Women summit alongside Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff, executive producer and actor Debbie Allen (Catherine Fox), and actor Chandra Wilson (Miranda Bailey). The powerhouses reminisced over the 15-year legacy of the Shondaland medical series. Then midway through the conversation, the host asked Wilson and Pompeo which script shocked them the most.

Wilson mentioned the sixth season finale shooting episode, titled “Sanctuary” and “Death and All His Friends.” She noted the episodes were a “breath of fresh air” because it felt like an “all-new Grey’s.” Meanwhile, Pompeo revealed the Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 premiere was her most-shocking script to date. 

“The pilot episode to this season. Girl, hold on,” Pompeo said with a smile. “We are bringing it this season. Just hold on. It’s coming. What nobody thinks we can continue to do, we have done, we are doing. Hold on! That’s all we’re gonna say about that.”

Ellen Pompeo teases what will happen to Meredith Grey in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17

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Now, Pompeo’s comments may not as a surprise to many Grey’s Anatomy fans. The actor has been teasing the upcoming premiere on social media for some time. Back in August 2020, Pompeo told a fan that Meredith’s season 17 journey will be “so worth the wait.” Then in October, a few viewers asked Pompeo for hints. And she joked the new episodes will be “boring.” 

“Nope nothing going on at all… if you watched the show…. you know boring as ever,” Pompeo wrote on Oct. 21 with a string of laughing emojis.

Meanwhile, another Grey’s Anatomy fan theorized a fiery start to the new season. They speculated the 17th season will feature a fire — and Pompeo seemingly confirmed it. “Hollllaaaa,” she tweeted in response to the fan.

What to expect from the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17 premiere

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As you may know, the Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 premiere will feature a crossover with the firefighter spinoff, Station 19. According to the ABC press release for the Station 19 Season 4 premiere — titled “Nothing Seems the Same” — Wilson and Kevin McKidd (Owen Hunt) will serve as guest stars when some teenagers “unintentionally” start a wildfire. 

Then in the press release for the two-hour Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 premiere — titled “All Tomorrow’s Parties” and “The Center Won’t Hold” — the Station 19 crew will bring individuals from the “unintentionally started fire” to Grey Sloan Memorial for treatment. 

The release also confirmed the season debut will begin one month into the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the “surgeons’ lives have been turned upside down.” But even so, Vernoff recently shared Grey’s Anatomy won’t be about “death and despair” in the new season.

“There’s joy and fun to be had in people who are quarantining away from the hospital,” the showrunner told TVLine in July. “Many of [these doctors] aren’t going home to their families; they’re getting Airbnbs and living together. There’s a lot of story to tell that is sort of COVID-related but not about death and despair.”

The Station 19 Season 4 and Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 crossover premiere event starts Thursday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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