Almost 20 years in, Gray’s Anatomy nonetheless is aware of the way to deliver the feels — and season 18 isn’t any completely different.
The ABC medical drama returned for its record-breaking 18th season in September 2021. As followers had been fast to level out similarities between the pilot, which aired in 2005, and the season 18 premiere, Ellen Pompeo confirmed that the season was stuffed with particular treats for longtime followers. The primary nod she confirmed was Meredith carrying the identical white button-down shirt.
“It’s the identical shirt. … I feel [ABC studios] held onto that shirt,” the actress mentioned on Jimmy Kimmel Stay! after the premiere. “It was my thought to pay homage to many issues and many various seasons and provides the viewers issues to be careful for and to plant Easter eggs. … I even search for them as a result of it was simply my thought. I didn’t essentially say, ‘Let’s do that.’ I wasn’t particular about it. When the shirt confirmed up on my wardrobe rack, I mentioned, ‘Is that this the identical shirt?’ I remembered the shirt.”
Jimmy Kimmel subsequently pressed Pompeo to search out out if the throwbacks had been an indication the long-running present was coming to an finish, and he or she performed coy (as common).
Whereas season 17 featured many acquainted faces from the grave — together with Patrick Dempsey’s Derek, Eric Dane’s Sloan, Chyler Leigh’s Lexie and T.R. Knight’s George — season 18 included extra returning stars. Along with Kate Burton (Ellis Gray) returning for extra flashbacks, Kate Walsh is reprising her function as Addison Montgomery.
“I might cry speaking about it. It was very significant. … You’re going to see some stuff transpire between Meredith and Addison professionally and personally,” Walsh informed Further forward of her October 14, 2021, episode debut. “I feel it’s going to be actually satisfying for the followers and I feel it’s going to be very surprising and stunning.”
Gray’s Anatomy airs on ABC Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET. Scroll by means of for a listing of Easter eggs from season 18: