‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Fans Don’t Believe Nick Marsh and Meredith Grey’s Romance in Season 18

Many Grey’s Anatomy fans approached Meredith Grey’s (Ellen Pompeo) new love interest, Nick Marsh (Scott Speedman), with caution when he was reintroduced in the season 18 premiere. Some viewers were initially worried whether the returning character could compete with Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), Cormac “McWidow” Hayes (Richard Flood), and even Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti). Now, the ABC medical drama is a few episodes into the new season, and it seems like many Grey’s Anatomy fans still aren’t convinced by Meredith and Nick’s romance.

Meredith Grey and Nick Marsh get together in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 18

Scott Speedman as Nick Marsh and Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey about to go out on a date in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 18 Episode 2
Scott Speedman as Nick Marsh and Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 18 | ABC

RELATED: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Jimmy Kimmel’s Meredith Grey Fan Theory Is Wild

When Nick met Meredith in Grey’s Anatomy Season 14, many fans hoped to see the two together. But after the general surgeon saved the transplant surgeon’s kidney, he disappeared. Nevertheless, Nick returned in the season 18 premiere, and he’s been hitting it off with Meredith as she splits time between Minnesota and Seattle.

Now, it seems Meredith and Nick might receive more screen time together in Grey’s Anatomy Season 18 Episode 6, “Every Day Is a Holiday (With You).” In the previews, Nick suggests that Meredith should stay with him at a cabin for Thanksgiving. Of course, the general surgeon has to fly back to Seattle to be with her kids. However, her flight is canceled because of the weather, which means Meredith and Nick could deepen their relationship soon.

Why ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ fans aren’t convinced by Meredith Grey and Nick Marsh’s romance

RELATED: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: How Did Andrew DeLuca Die?

Before episode 6 of Grey’s Anatomy Season 18 was released on Nov. 18, ABC dropped a teaser of Meredith and Nick flirting with each other before Thanksgiving. Then many viewers sounded off in the comments, sharing how they really felt about the match. On Instagram, one fan commented that they “want Hayes.” Then another suggested that they weren’t happy about all the Nick scenes.

“Stop forcing Nick on my screen,” a viewer wrote on Instagram. “I don’t want him.”

Meanwhile, some Grey’s Anatomy fans just aren’t sure about Nick and Meredith together. Following the Nov. 11 episode, a fan on Reddit commented the couple feels “off” and “forced.” Then they theorized that the ABC drama could be “building a huge plotline” down the line. Many other viewers have also begun wondering whether Nick is real because he hasn’t been seen with anyone but Meredith. 

But regardless, a few Grey’s Anatomy fans speculated that the issue isn’t necessarily Nick, but rather “the entire Minnesota storyline and how it doesn’t match up with the rest of the show.” Then another viewer wondered whether people will warm up to Nick and Meredith “once we [see] him more integrated” with other characters.”

Scott Speedman and Ellen Pompeo on Nick Marsh and Meredith Grey’s spark in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 18

RELATED: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Addison and Meredith’s Scene About Derek Will Break You

Although many Grey’s Anatomy fans don’t seem to believe in Meredith and Nick’s romance, it’s possible viewers will be won over eventually. When Speedman joined the medical drama as a series regular, Pompeo claimed that the “audience will feel” the chemistry between Nick and Meredith

Meanwhile, it seems Speedman is aware of the general response from Grey’s Anatomy fans. But he’s hopeful he can win them over soon.

“[The fans] had some opinions early on, but I think I’m winning them over. I’m not sure,” Speedman said during On Air With Ryan Seacrest on Nov. 18. “But they were very passionate right away. … They didn’t take too kindly to it. So we’ll see how that works out by the end of the season.”

RELATED: Is ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Ending After Season 18? Ellen Pompeo Gets Honest About the Last Season