It’s Official: 2 More Seasons of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Are Coming to ABC

The hit ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy has had a landmark 15th season. Having hit the 300th episode mark the previous year, the series surpassed ER as the longest-running primetime medical drama with its 332nd episode in February. But it’s not slowing down: Grey’s has officially been renewed for two more seasons. Here’s what you need to know.

James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, and Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey on Grey's Anatomy
James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, and Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey on Grey’s Anatomy |Jessica Brooks via Getty Images

Grey’s Anatomy began in 2005

The show that started it all (meaning Shondaland, TGIT, and much more) began in 2005. Created by Shonda Rhimes, Grey’s Anatomy kicked off with Meredith Grey, a surgical intern at Seattle Grace Hospital, who tries to set her own path in the wake of her mother, Ellis Grey, an award-winning doctor.

The series quickly amassed a large following; fans tuned in week after week to see the romance sizzle between Meredith and resident Derek Shepherd, the bonds of friendship form between the group of interns, and, of course, medical miracles and catastrophes executed at a rapid pace.

A lot has changed over the years

When a series is on this long, things are bound to change — especially the cast. Ellen Pompeo (Meredith), Justin Chambers (Alex Karev), James Pickens Jr. (Richard Webber) and Chandra Wilson (Miranda Bailey) are the only remaining actors from the original crew. Many others have come and gone, including Patrick Dempsey (Derek), Sandra Oh (Cristina Yang), and Katherine Heigl (Izzie Stevens).

Today, the main cast features ten actors, including the aforementioned four founding stars as well as Jesse Williams (Jackson Avery), Kevin McKidd (Owen Hunt), and Kelly McCreary (Maggie Pierce). Season 15 saw Kim Raver (Teddy Altman) return to the main cast — she had previously starred on Seasons 6-8. It also marked the exit of Martin Henderson (Nathan Riggs), Sarah Drew (April Kepner), and Jessica Capshaw (Arizona Robbins).

Grey’s Anatomy just got exciting news

Though there have been rumors for years that the show is on its way out, that’s obviously not the case. At least, not yet. On May 10, 2019, ABC announced that Grey’s Anatomy had been renewed for not one, but two more seasons, meaning it will be on the air through Spring 2021.

The cast was, of course, excited to celebrate this news. Additionally, showrunner Krista Vernoff, who took over for Rhimes in 2014, was also celebrating her new role as showrunner of the firefighter spinoff Station 19, which she will helm alongside Grey’s.

The casting has also changed a bit

Once again, there is more casting news on the table. Actors Jake Borelli (Levi Schmitt), Greg Germann (Thomas Koracick) and Chris Carmack (Atticus “Link” Lincoln), all of whom were previously recurring characters, have been bumped up to main cast status. They and their colleagues were happy to share this news.

However, some news was not revealed yet: Whether or not any of the current main cast members would be leaving the show. Because the finale won’t air until May 16, this is information that must be kept a secret, as it could spoil the end of the season. Hopefully, all of our favorites will stick around for another year, but with Grey’s Anatomy, you just never know.

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