Is ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ on Tonight, March 11, 2021, After the Long Winter Break?

Fans of the long-running medical drama cannot wait to see if Grey’s Anatomy is finally returning tonight, March 11. The last time Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) met on that beach was in December 2020, so fans are ready. Is the series back tonight, and what time do fans need to tune in? 

Greys Anatomy star Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca | Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images

Is ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ on tonight?

Yes, Grey’s Anatomy is on tonight, March 11, 2021. The show took a long winter break after the Dec. 17, 2020, episode because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Only six episodes aired so far in season 17. The episode tonight will be Grey’s Anatomy Season 17, Episode 7.

What time does ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ air tonight?

Although Grey’s Anatomy does not air until 9 p.m. EST tonight, the return is a crossover event with Station 19. So, if you do not want to miss a single second of your beloved Grey’s Anatomy characters’ lives, tune in at 8 p.m. EST to watch them when they visit their spinoff Station 19.

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Although it will be a cohesive episode if viewers wait and only watch Grey’s Anatomy, there is a fuller picture when watching both shows. 

“Carina (Stefania Spampinato) and Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti), they have eyes on one of the kidnappers,” Maya Bishop (Danielle Savre) says in the preview.

The story will pick up where it left off in December. The DeLuca siblings follow the human trafficking suspects with Station 19 coming to their aide. 

Is Meredith Grey going to die?

On Grey’s Anatomy, tonight, viewers will get a glimpse of whoever else Meredith Grey meets on that beach. When we left off, she was feeling better and awake. However, she performed CPR on a patient who was coding across the hall and then immediately collapsed. Her colleagues discussed what to do, but ultimately, Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) made the decision to put her on a ventilator.

From interviews with Dempsey, fans know that he returns for another “COVID dream” sequence. So, her falling back into a coma might only be a way to have McDreamy visit the show once again.

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“There’s definitely more,” Dempsey said in an interview with News Center Maine. “I’m not sure how it plays into the overall season. But I keep coming back, visiting her, and talking to her in critical moments throughout the course of the season.”

We know that she is still battling COVID-19 when Grey’s Anatomy returns tonight. However, no one has let out the spoiler of whether she lives or dies.

Is season 17 the last season of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’?

Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 will not be the last, if for no other reason, than the producers, cast, and crew does not want it to end on a COVID-19 note. When speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Chandra Wilson (Miranda Bailey) revealed that they are not ending the show this year.

“Especially in light of what’s happening right now, it’s like, do we want the last season to be about COVID?” Wilson told the outlet. “Or do we want us to be able to put some nice ribbons around it with rainbows and balloons and things?”

There’s a lot more Grey’s Anatomy to come after tonight’s new episode.