Why Kelly McCreary Thinks ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Could Go on ‘Forever’

No one can deny the legacy of Grey’s Anatomy. The ABC medical drama has been a hit for over a decade with well over 350 episodes — and counting. So in the past few years, fans have been wondering when the last season will finally air. At this point, nobody knows where the show might end up. But Kelly McCreary (who plays Maggie Pierce) recently shared her thoughts about the end of Grey’s Anatomy, and the actor thinks the Shondaland series could go on forever. 

Kelly McCreary answers whether ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ will end soon

Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce on 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 16
Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | Lisa Rose/ABC via Getty Images

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In an interview with Access published in December 2020, McCreary was asked about the end of Grey’s Anatomy. The actor admitted she thought the show would’ve ended long ago. So it’s difficult to pinpoint when the final season will be announced.

“It’s so hard to predict,” McCreary said. “What show goes 17 seasons? That’s extremely rare. I would’ve predicted it would’ve ended a long time ago.”

McCreary also attributed the success of Grey’s Anatomy to a multitude of things, from the “great writing” to the beloved characters, both old and new. And ultimately, she believes the show could potentially continue forever if there are enough stories to tell.

“As long as there’s still stuff to explore in the hospital with these characters, as their lives develop, as their careers develop, we could go on telling stories forever,” McCreary said. “Now, will we? I do not know. That I cannot answer. But there are so many rich resources of stories within the world of Grey’s Anatomy that it could go on. But, you know, we’ll see.”

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As you may know, the future of Grey’s Anatomy relies on creator Shonda Rhimes and Ellen Pompeo, who plays Meredith Grey. Back in 2017, Rhimes revealed the show will end once Pompeo wants to leave. 

“Ellen and I have a pact that I’m going to do the show as long as she’s going to do the show,” she told E! News. “The show will exist as long as both of us want to do it. If she wants to stop, we’re stopping.”

Meanwhile, Pompeo stopped by the Armchair Expert podcast in August 2020 and told host Dax Shepard her plan moving forward.

“I think to dip out sooner rather than later,” Pompeo said. “To leave while the show is still on top is definitely a goal. I’m not trying to stay on the show forever, no way. The truth is, if I get too aggravated and I’m no longer grateful there, I should not be there.”

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Recently, Grey’s Anatomy fans have been wondering whether Pompeo’s exit is on the horizon. In season 17, the doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial have been dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Then viewers discovered Meredith contracted COVID-19, and the character’s condition continues to worsen. 

In the above interview with Access, McCreary admitted she still doesn’t know whether Meredith survives Grey’s Anatomy Season 17. Thus, it’s possible fans will have to remain patient to find out the character’s fate.

“I can’t answer because I don’t have any information,” McCreary said of Meredith’s storyline. “I can’t even honestly tease. Honestly, I’m in as much suspense as anybody. I have no idea how that particular story is going to pan out. So we’re all in suspense.”

That said, it’s been clear Meredith’s dreams are meant to bring Grey’s Anatomy fans some joy during this difficult time. So hopefully, the character’s flirtation with death won’t result in the end of the series. 

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