‘Grey’s Anatomy’: These Characters Might Not Make it Through the Show’s Return

To be a fan of Grey’s Anatomy is to know extreme heartbreak. It became clear early on in the show’s tenure that no character was safe. No matter how beloved, how many seasons they had been on, or how integral to the plotline they were, any character could be killed off of the show at any moment.

Season 16 has been relatively calm in regards to main character deaths. Sure, a few patients have been lost but that is pretty par for the course with a medical drama. But this may just be the calm before the storm. We could be losing some of our favorite Grey Sloan Memorial employees very soon.

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What happened during the fall finale?

As with all Grey’s finales, the fall finale ended on a cliffhanger. Right before the episode ended, a car burst through the wall of Joe’s Bar, where a number of fan favorites from Grey’s and it’s spin-off Station 19 were having drinks.

Will the premiere be a cross-over event?

Now that Station 19 has been around for a while, the characters have begun making pretty regular appearances on Grey’s. And since both shows had characters in Joe’s Bar during the fall finale, it only makes sense that the winter premiere would be a cross-over event.

“Now that we have both shows working out of the same brain that [executive producer] Krista Vernoff is running both shows, it’s going to be a universe,” Jason George, who plays Ben Warren, told Entertainment Tonight. “It’s not one of those shows that occasionally shows up… We show up, we pull you out of the fire, we pump your heart because you’re lying on the street in a car accident, we throw you in the ambulance and we get you to Grey Sloan hospital.”

The premiere will be an extended episode that meshes both shows.

“It’s a two-hour block that’s going to be ridiculous because it’s crazy to shoot,” he continued. “I’ll tell you that everyday it’s like, ‘So where am I?’ They’re like, ‘Well, you’re at Grey’s in the morning and Station 19 and then you’re at Grey’s in the afternoon,” he continued.

Who makes it out of Joe’s Bar?

When it comes to a Shonda Rhimes’ shows, you can never rest easy that any character will make it through an episode. But George gave fans some relief by announcing that one character will be safe.

“I’m not going to say it but [Ben Warren] makes it out OK,” he said. “So we got to use all the skills — from doctors and firefighters to save everybody in the joint.”

Does anyone die?

With Warren being safe, that means other characters could be cut from the show. When asked if there could be more than one death during the premiere, Warren didn’t deny or affirm.

“She’s breaking people’s hearts,” George said of Rhimes. “That’s what she does!”

Those at risk in Joe’s Bar at the end of the season included Pruitt Herrera, Ben, Dr. Bailey, Schmitt, Nico, Jackson, and Catherine Avery.

When do ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Station 19’ return?

Grey’s will return on Thursday, Jan. 23 with the two-hour Station 19 crossover on ABC. Following the crossover, Grey’s Anatomy will move to 9 p.m. ET on Thursdays and Station 19 will take the 8 p.m. ET timeslot.