‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Shonda Rhimes and Sandra Oh’s Oscar Party Reunion Has Fans Begging for Cristina Yang’s Return

Almost six years have passed since Sandra Oh played Cristina Yang on Shonda Rhimes’ hit medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy. But fans haven’t given up hope on the actor’s comeback just yet. 

Since leaving Grey’s Anatomy in season 10. Oh has moved on. She currently stars as the leading role in BBC’s Killing Eve. Meanwhile, the ABC series continued to flourish, renewed through season 17. Oh’s character has also popped up via text messages to Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) in recent episodes. And then the extraordinary happened. 

At an Oscars after-party, Rhimes and Oh reunited. So naturally, when the series creator posted the receipts on Instagram and Twitter, Grey’s Anatomy fans couldn’t help but beg for Cristina’s return.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ creator Shonda Rhimes posts a photo with Sandra Oh on Instagram and Twitter

On Feb. 9, key players within the entertainment industry gathered at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for the 92nd Academy Awards. Then following the three-hour ceremony, Vanity Fair held their annual Oscar party in Beverly Hills. 

For fans at home, business went on per usual. The stars stunned everyone with more red carpet looks. But the following afternoon on Feb. 10, Rhimes delivered an unexpected gift to Grey’s Anatomy viewers on social media. 

In a photo on Twitter and Instagram, Rhimes posed with Oh at the Vanity Fair Oscar party. Rhimes captioned the reunion pic with a simple heart emoji. And of course, the photo caused every Grey’s fans to wish they were a fly on the wall at the party.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ fans respond to Shonda Rhimes and Sandra Oh’s reunion

Shonda Rhimes attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.
Shonda Rhimes | Rich Fury/VF20/Getty Images for Vanity Fair

After Rhimes posted the photo with Oh, Grey’s Anatomy fans gushed over the reunion.

“someone page cardio, this pic has me in vfib,” the Shondaland Instagram page commented. 

“Yes!!!” Kevin McKidd — who plays Owen Hunt — wrote, adding a line of heart emojis.

But excitement aside, does Rhimes’ photo with Oh necessarily mean anything in regards to Cristina’s return on Grey’s Anatomy? Everyone wants to make it happen.

“Hope a Grey’s cameo was discussed,” a fan wrote on Instagram.

“My dream is that Sandra come back for an episode or two of Grey’s,” another fan commented.

Will Sandra Oh return as Cristina Yang on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’?

Sandra Oh attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.
Sandra Oh | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

For now, it seems the relationship between Oh and Rhimes remains strong, even years after Grey’s Anatomy. Aside from their reunion at the Oscars after-party, Rhimes wrote Oh’s “Most Influential People” feature in Time Magazine’s April 2019 issue. But even so, fans will just have to wait and see whether Cristina returns to Grey Sloan Memorial. 

When Oh left Grey’s Anatomy in 2013, she told TVLine she would “love to come back” for the series finale. However, when speaking with Extra in April 2019, the actress revealed she may not reprise her role. The publication asked Oh whether she would return to Grey’s Anatomy if she was asked to do a cameo and the actress replied, “No.”

“Creatively, you have moved on,” Oh said. “And while I know, and I deeply appreciate — because I can feel it from the fans, how much they love Cristina and how the show keeps Cristina alive — for me, Killing Eve is my home now.”

She continued: “This is where I am… I am Eve and that’s where I plan to stay as long as the show will have me. And that’s really where I want to be.”

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