Fans Want This ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Character In Her Own Spinoff Series Once the Show Ends

Grey’s Anatomy has become one of the most popular shows of all time, and for many, dominates the genre of medical dramas. On the air since 2005, Grey’s Anatomy has gone through numerous cast changes and plot directions, making headlines frequently in the process.

Still, viewers still tune in faithfully and it is often credited as the show that popularized (and modernized) medical dramas on television. Fans definitely have their favorite characters among the cast, and lately, one particular favorite has dominated the conversation.

What is ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ about?

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The main plot of Grey’s Anatomy follows the journey of Meredith Grey, a young woman who works her way up the ranks to become a well-respected surgeon at the fiction Seattle Grace Hospital, which was later named Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

Along the way, Dr. Grey makes friends with the fellow doctors and staff of the hospital. Grey, and all the other characters on the show struggle with balancing their lives at work as well as their personal relationships. 

While Grey’s Anatomy has been criticized over the years for the romanticized way it portrays life at a hospital, it has received critical acclaim for the acting, writing, and diversity of the ever-changing cast.

Over the years, the cast has included actors such as Katherine Heigl, Isaiah Washington, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Chandra Wilson, and Kate Walsh. The constant presence and the face of the show since 2005 has been Ellen Pompeo, Meredith Grey of the title.

It is Pompeo who is credited with broadening the roles available for women on television. In addition, Pompeo’s work on the show has led her to become one of the highest-paid women in entertainment.

Who is the character of Zola Grey Shepherd?

Meredith Grey keeps her main focus on her work in Grey’s Anatomy. However, Season 7 introduced a character who would ultimately make a huge impact on Grey’s life. Brought to the hospital for treatment, a baby girl named Zola, from Malawi, bonded with Grey and her romantic partner Derek Shepherd. The couple eventually adopted the child.

Ever since, Zola has been a fan favorite and has made regular appearances on Grey’s Anatomy. The interest in the precocious and adorable Zola Shepherd and the future of the Grey’s Anatomy franchise was the subject of a recent Reddit post. 

Fans want Zola Grey Shepherd to get her own spinoff show

A group of diehard Grey’s Anatomy fans opened up on Reddit to discuss the character of Zola. The original poster posed the idea of a future spinoff show that featured Zola Shepherd as a neurosurgeon, similar to her father, Derek Shepherd.

Other fans of the show quickly chimed in – while the majority of commenters agreed that Zola Shepherd’s interests would clearly run to the medical field, some hoped that the daughter of Dr. Grey, along with her siblings, Bailey and Ellis Shepherd, would pursue a different path. 

While some fans expressed doubt that such a show could ever happen, Grey’s Anatomy has already spawned some spinoff shows. The hit medical drama, Private Practice, is one example. The show, which debuted in 2007 and ran until 2013, followed the character of Dr. Addison Montgomery, played by Kate Walsh.

Ultimately, Private Practice wasn’t as long-running as it’s origin show, but was still very successful, and remains popular through reruns and streaming.

Clearly, a Zola Shepherd-based spinoff show certainly could happen in the future. While showrunners would have to weight the marketability of such an effort, there is a built-in fanbase already. The characters established in Grey’s Anatomy could live on for decades to come.