‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Fans Should Prepare For a More ‘Lighthearted’ Season

Grey’s Anatomy is famous for breaking fans’ hearts. As the show sets to air its 16th season, viewers have to wonder just what’s in store this time around. 

The long-running medical drama has followed the ups and downs of ripped from the headlines (with limited accuracy) health crises and twists and turns through the personal lives of its many characters.

The Season 15 finale left fans with lots of questions about the fate of the romantic futures of many of their favorite couples. Are Jackson and Maggie breaking up? Can Jo and Alex work through Jo’s trauma? How is Koracick going to react to Owen and Teddy’s apparent reunion?

We don’t know the answers to those questions yet, and we all know that Grey’s Anatomy is more than happy to throw several curveballs into the plot lines, so predictions are hard to make. However, there is some evidence that Season 16 is shaping up to be a more lighthearted season. 

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The writing is under harsh scrutiny

When you’ve been writing the same show for 16 seasons, it’s understandable that there will be some ups and downs. However, show creator Shonda Rhimes is facing intense scrutiny over her latest efforts. Fans see the show as getting a little stale, and some of the forced relationship drama is part of the frustration. 

With so many characters ending Season 15 in precarious relationship situations, it may be time for Season 16 to give some glimpses of hope, love, and stability that last a little longer than an episode or two.

Adding to the pressure is the fact that Ellen Pompeo, who plays main character Meredith Grey, has voiced she might be moving on from the show within the next few years.

Rhimes has made it clear she plans to keep writing as long as Pompeo plans to keep acting, and Pompeo signed on through Season 17 in her most recent deal with ABC. If Grey’s wants to continue its amazingly long run past that, Rhimes may need to find a fresh approach. 

Season 16 promises some laughs

Kim Raver, who plays Teddy on the show, suggests that the new season is going to give some ups along with the downs.

In an interview with ET, Raver explained that the very first episode will be a combination of sadness and joy, giving fans a big dose of the emotional roller coaster they’ve come to love and expect. 

Raver said about the new season:

“There were moments where all of us at cast members — I love when we read it together because we’re all experiencing it together — there’s the moments of like, ‘Oh my gosh! That’s really happening!’ and laughing out loud where literally tears are pouring down our faces to, ‘Wait, what?!’ So I think that, from the first table read, you can tell it’s going to be a really amazing season.”

She also thinks it will be great to see the comedic moments in the life of a new mother as Teddy navigates all the challenges of bringing home an infant and adjusting to her new role. 

Fans should still expect some tears

While the newest season may promise to be a little more lighthearted, it would be foolish to think that viewers will get away without shedding some tears. Grey’s Anatomy is famous for pulling on viewers’ heartstrings, and there’s definitely lots of potential for emotional reunions and heart-wrenching departures in Season 16.

On a show where literally anything can happen, fans will have to tune in to find out just what the ratio of laughing to crying will be in the new season.