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Grey’s Anatomy fans have different opinions on Meredith Grey’s (Ellen Pompeo) new man. But Pompeo talked about why her character’s love story with Nick Marsh (Scott Speedman) is helpful and where it can go.

Nick moved to be closer to Meredith on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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Season 18 started with Meredith going to Minnesota and Dr. Hamilton (Peter Gallagher) pitching her a job there. She took it and worked there part-time while still being at Grey-Sloan. Meredith reconnected with Nick since he worked at the same place as Dr. Hamilton. 

Meredith impressed Dr. Hamilton with her work, and he offered her a permanent position. Nick proposed they wait to save Grey-Sloan’s residency program before making that significant change. Meanwhile, he’ll be staying in Seattle and working at Grey-Sloan.

It looks like the couple is in it for the long haul. Nick has met Meredith’s kids and friends. Pompeo talked about the couple’s future.

Ellen Pompeo talks about Meredith and Nick’s future

Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey and Scott Speedman as Nick Marsh sit next to each other in blue scrubs on 'Grey's Anatomy'.
Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey and Scott Speedman as Nick Marsh on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | Liliane Lathan/ABC via Getty Images

Meredith and Nick’s relationship is getting serious. Pompeo answered what was next for the couple. “We’ll see… this show really belongs to the fans,” she told Extra TV

She then answered if they’ll get married one day. “I think that the idea of moving on or not moving on after your spouse has died… it’s a great story to explore and it’s helpful to people,” Pompeo said.

“We’ve lost so many people during COVID, a lot of people unfortunately know what it’s like to lose a spouse and that’s a story worth telling,” the actor said. She also talked about what it’s like to work with Speedman.

“I’m super lucky to have him and we’re having fun and we’ll see where the stories lead us,” she said. “Our goal is always to try and help people with our stories.”

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ fans compare Nick to other love interests

Fans have different opinions on Nick and can’t help but compare him to Meredith’s other potential love interests. Some fans shared their thoughts in a Reddit thread.

“Echoing everyone else’s ‘sooooo boring,blost [sic] chemistry’ comments. I think she had more fire with Hayes,” one fan wrote.

“She had more fire with Nathan. Her and Hayes had hardly anything,” someone else added.

“He just never stood out for me. I don’t know what his personality is besides the transplant and his neice,” someone else commented.

But the newer character is winning over some fans. One person wrote, “unpopular opinion but i actually like this match.. if only the writers actually gave Ellen something to work with. They’ve made her character larger than life and in doing so completely taken away all of the parts about her that made her a flawed human just like everyone else. But people who don’t like this pair because it’s not Derek need to accept that he’s gone- is she supposed to be single forever? Nick seems to be lighthearted and nice to her.”

“I guess it’s the less popular opinion, but I like them together,” someone else wrote. “I don’t have the same level of attachment to them that I do MerDer (or even Mer/Riggs), but they’re perfectly sweet together, and he’s a good guy who can make Mer happy, it seems. I definitely prefer him as a romance for her to Hayes (who I would have liked to be her new “person,” not partner). I think a lot of the backlash to him is overkill.”