Looks like the longevity of “Grey’s Anatomy” is going to depend on Ellen Pompeo’s willingness to continue portraying the lead character, Meredith Grey.
In an interview with Variety, Pompeo said that she’s not ready to walk away from the show. However, she also revealed that “Grey’s Anatomy” creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes has agreed that they would end the show if she wants to call it a day.
“The story is about Meredith Grey’s journey and when I’m done, the show will end. As far as how much longer I want to do the show, I’m mulling that over as we speak,” Pompeo said in the interview.
“I don’t know how long the show will go on. I know the network and the studio like to say they see no end in sight, but I think the audience will tell us when the show is no-longer a fan favorite,” she added.
Meanwhile, the medical drama series is still running its 13th season, and the 18th episode was directed by Pompeo.
The episode titled “Be Still, My Soul” featured the death of Maggie’s (Kelly McCreary) mother, Diane (LaTanya Richardson Jackson).
Diane was admitted to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital after suffering from breast cancer. Her health condition was deteriorating regardless of all treatment procedures she underwent. Meredith declined to proceed with the exploratory surgery because it would cause a lot of pain to the patient.
Richard (James Pickens, Jr.) suggested for an experimental trial, which Maggie and Diane agreed to. Sadly, the trial therapy was ineffective.
Following a wonderful dinner with her daughter’s friends, Diane was back at the hospital wherein she passed away with her daughter beside her.
Meredith and Nathan’s (Martin Henderson) dinner date was postponed because the former has to support her grieving friend.
In the next episode, Maggie is determined to get back to work, but Meredith seems concerned. Also, Owen (Kevin McKidd) is not convinced that Maggie can perform the life-threatening surgery operation. Nevertheless, the female physician proceeds to do the procedure, but she’s struggling to concentrate.
“Grey’s Anatomy” will continue on Apr. 6 on ABC.