As Grey’s Anatomy introduces the COVID-19 pandemic-inspired story of the new season, one of the main characters ends up with the disease.
As the two-hour premiere episode rolled out, fans saw the medical staff at Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital become front-line workers of the virus and put themselves in harm’s way to save others.
Meredith Gray, played by Ellen Pompeo, also becomes one of the people getting the disease, as revealed by showrunner Krista Vernoff.
Talking to Hollywood Reporter, Vernoff said: “Last week we felt Meredith Gray̵
“Over 1,700 health workers in the United States have died from COVID to date. Many thousands more have been infected. Health professionals are at the forefront of this crisis and are living through a war for which they were not trained, ”she continued.
“We saw an opportunity to dramatize and illuminate their situation through Meredith Gray’s incredibly beloved and well-known character,” she said, arguing that the decision was to show how challenging the jobs of medical professionals have become during the pandemic.
“Doctors and nurses are fighting for us and falling for us,” she said.
“The least we can do is wear a mask, have social distance and stay home whenever possible. Meredith has a real fight ahead of her. And … she has that beach. Darkness and light. It’s a strong season. Stay tuned, ”she added.