As the 11<sup>th season ender episode of Grey’s Anatomy concluded with its 36<sup>th overall ranking in total viewers, the lowest ranking of the series’ history, fans are wondering if the next season is the finale of the American medical drama series.
To add to that, season 11 aired several deaths, including two of the most heartbreaking scenes of the season that of April Kepner (Sarah Drew) and Jackson Avery’s (Jesse Williams) baby Samuel due to a lethal birth defect, as well as the death of Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) in a tragic car accident.
Inquisitr also highlighted that there are only a few left from the original cast of characters of the show, where two have been killed off while the rest have already joined other shows. With this, the show may be on the verge of facing its final installment. Nonetheless, the contract of actress portraying the character of Arizona Robbins, played by Jessica Capshaw, is reported to have been extended until 2018, implying that Grey’s Anatomy season 12 is not yet the finale.
In the 12<sup>th installment, showrunner Shonda Rhimes said in a statement, “Meredith and the entire ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ family are about to enter uncharted territory as we head into this new chapter of her life. The possibilities for what may come are endless. As Ellis Grey would say ‘the carousel never stops turning,” as reported by Breathecast.
Fans will also get to see a possibility of April Kepner becoming chief, following Dr. Owen Hunt’s (Kevin McKidd) stepping down from the post, while she grieves her lost child. She said “Going forward she has been to hell and back and she now has no patience for things that don’t matter. She has a scene in a later episode where a patient does something really stupid to himself and winds up in the hospital and she offers no compassion for him. We’ll see a side of her that’s grittier and a little less patient and compassionate for things that don’t deserve compassion,” as noted by Design & Trend. Meanwhile, Ben Warren (Jason George), will be a regular in the show as he moves back to Seattle from Los Angeles to follow Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and take a fifth intern position.
Season 12 of Grey’s Anatomy will premiere on September 24 on ABC.