‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Why the ‘Age Gap’ Between Meredith and DeLuca Matters

Grey’s Anatomy quickly hooked viewers with their unique medical cases and also the opportunity to follow the crew’s romantic relationships.

With over 17 seasons, Meredith Grey’s love life has kept fans invested in the show. From the iconic and complicated romance between Meredith and Derek Shepherd to her current newfound love with Andrew DeLuca, fans take to the Internet to share their thoughts on her love life.

Although some are excited about the two together, some have hesitation about how the relationship would work since they are at different stages in their lives. 

Recap on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ 

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Currently, in its 17th season, Grey’s Anatomy continues to gain new viewers. For those unfamiliar with the widely talked-about show, here is a quick recap. The show takes place in Seattle, Washington at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

The hospital’s halls have seen more than just sick patients over the years. It has been a place for unforgettable memories, twisted drama, and numerous love affairs and romantic encounters. Grey’s Anatomy is a hit ABC TV show that keeps fans tuning in because they can’t seem to get enough of the doctor’s drama. 

Meredith Grey is one of the main characters of the show and is the daughter of the late world-renowned surgeon, Ellis Grey. Due to her last name, many held her to the highest standards, and Meredith was faced with a lot of responsibility to exceed others’ high expectations.

With her close connection to the hospital, her natural talents are shown, and she is now the head of general surgery. The hit medical drama follows Meredith’s journey and the twists and turns that she and her fellow colleagues face each day. 

How long have Meredith and DeLuca been together? 

GIACOMO GIANNIOTTI, ELLEN POMPEO
GIACOMO GIANNIOTTI, ELLEN POMPEO | Gilles Mingasson/ABC via Getty Images

To say Meredith Grey, portrayed by Ellen Pompeo, and Andrew DeLuca, played by Giacomo Gianniotti, has had a struggling relationship would be an understatement. While Mers and DeLuca had their first kiss in Season 14, it wasn’t until Season 15, when they began exploring their romantic feelings for each other. The duo had a bit of a rocky start with several on-again, off-again situations.

Meredith and DeLuca have been through a lot in their short time together, from Meredith’s insurance fraud incident to DeLuca’s mental health struggle. With all the stress, it’s understandable how difficult it is for them to make it work as a couple. 

Throughout Season 16 of Grey’s Anatomy, DeLuca’s mental health struggle ended with the two breaking up after Mers confronted him about his risky and unusual behavior.

Only a few episodes after the breakup, Meredith proclaims her love for him and tells him, “This is not how this ends.” DeLuca has since learned how to deal with his bipolar diagnosis and a rekindled MerLuca romance is in full bloom in Season 17. However, many are wondering if Meredith and DeLuca are endgame this season. 

What bothers fans about the couple’s age gap

There is a noticeable age gap between DeLuca and Meredith that bothers several fans.

However, one Reddit user clears up that “it’s not even necessarily the age itself, but it’s the maturity difference. They’re at completely opposite stages in their life, in careers, family life and just experience in general.”

The characters are at different life stages, and it could be the obvious cause of several of their relationship issues. DeLuca showcases extremely immature tendencies that have fans wishing a better partner for the award-winning surgeon, Meredith. Since he is only a resident, many think his lack of experience could also be holding Mers back from her full potential professionally.

Although the same dynamic was written, in reverse, between Meredith and Derek, the maturity levels were definitely not as far apart as Meredith’s current love interest.