When Does ‘Station 19’ Return in 2021? Season 4 Is Coming Back This Spring
The Station 19 Season 4 fall finale left fans with a horrifying cliffhanger. But, it looks like fans will have to hold on a bit longer before the next all-new episode is released on ABC. So, when will Station 19 return in 2021? The season 4 spring premiere is coming soon.
‘Station 19’ Season 4 will return with new episodes in March 2021
When Station 19 Season 4 aired its fall finale in December 2020, ABC told fans the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff would come back on March 4, 2021. However, the network pushed back the release date at the start of the new year.
On Jan. 25, ABC revealed Station 19 Season 4 will return on Thursday, March 11. The Shondaland series is expected to be pushed back due to President Joe Biden’s primetime address, which will begin airing at 8 p.m. EST. So the network placed Station 19 Season 4 Episode 6 in the 8:20 p.m. EST time slot. That said, the show is expected to be released once the President is finished. So the start time will vary. The Station 19 spring premiere will also drop before all-new episodes of Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 and A Million Little Things Season 3.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight from December 2020, Grey’s Anatomy executive producer Andy Reaser hinted that the March 2021 premiere will be another Station 19 crossover.
“The winter finale is a crossover and I think I can say this, the [spring] premiere is also going to be and it’s really thrilling,” Reaser said. “I would say, buy a hat and hang on to it because it’s thrilling and it’s unexpected.”
What to expect from ‘Station 19’ Season 4 Episode 6
The Station 19 Season 4 fall finale, called “Out of Control,” lived up to its title. In the episode, a group of off-duty firefighters helped a Black mother, Joyce (Sophina Brown), who was searching for her missing teenage daughter, Jada (Makayla Lysiak), and her friend, Shanice (Yindra Zayas). Joyce traced Jada to the home of a middle-aged white man. However, the police brushed her off.
That said, the cops arrived on the scene after the man reported that Joyce was creating a disturbance. Then, as the episode progressed, tensions began to rise. After the girls were recovered from the man’s home, the kidnapper claimed he was the victim. And the police believed him.
To put things short, things escalated quickly. The police piled on Joyce and arrested her. Then when the Station 19 crew tried to step in, the cops continued to use excessive force. Dean Miller (Okieriete Onaodowan) was pinned down. Andy Herrera (Jaina Lee Ortiz) was thrown to the ground. Multiple officers also drew their guns on Robert Sullivan (Boris Kodjoe). In the end, Miller and Sullivan were arrested.
Meanwhile, showrunner Krista Vernoff revealed Station 19 Season 4 Episode 6 will continue to dive into the issues of police brutality.
“Yes, we’re absolutely following through on the story in dramatic and powerful ways,” Vernoff told Variety in December 2020. “The shows are set in the middle of 2020, and the hope lives inside the pandemic and the hope lives inside that fact that were finally talking about the racial divide in this country, and the humor and the joy and the silver linings all live inside of that. We’re looking at these issues, and also finding joy in the shows.”
Then in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Barrett Doss (who plays Bic Hughes), shared how the events from the fall final will impact the characters on Station 19 moving forward.
“It forces a call to reexamine our relationships to the job, and in some cases, to each other,” Doss said. “It brings in a lot of questions that I don’t think we’ve touched on, on our show. We focus so much on what brings these characters together and what keeps them united as a team, we haven’t talked a lot about what makes them different from each other and those fundamental differences that some of us walk around with.”
She continued, “We have queer characters on our show, we have Black characters on our show, we have mixed race characters on our show. These are things that we haven’t touched on with that much specificity and we are getting into those conflicts and how some of our identities might rub up against the reality of doing our jobs and being able to do our jobs well.”
Station 19 Season 4 returns to ABC in March 2021.