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Grey’s Anatomy


greys-anatomy-castBeginning in 2005, Grey’s Anatomy has grown into a much loved television drama that follows the lives of five surgical interns at Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital. The show stars Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, and others. The series focuses on Dr. Meredith Grey (played by Ellen Pompeo) as viewers follow her personal and professional life through the stress, drama, and romance she experiences.

In its 11th season, Grey’s Anatomy has won sixty awards, including 2 Golden Globes, and has earned nearly 160 nominations. Daughter of the renowned surgeon Dr. Ellis Grey, over the years, fans of the show have watched Meredith make it through many challenges  as she’s worked her way up in the hospital along with her fellow coworkers.

Fans have given the show a 7.7/10 on sites like IMDb. But, the latest reviewers have said the season 11 finale, which aired on the 14th of May, didn’t live up to the rest of the season, with many adding it was a great episode but a poor finale.

The season finale – and the entire 11th season itself – has portrayed some of the toughest times in the lives of many of the lead characters. In a recent interview, Sarah Drew (Dr. April Kepner) discussed the future of her relationship with Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) which was left on the rock in the finale. Sarah said she doesn’t think it’s over yet, and added that all Jackson has done is given her an ultimatum and April could choose to stay. Sarah also added it was possible the two characters will work it out some other way. She hinted that the next season could pick up right where it left off, but also made a point to add that it could skip ahead to after April and Jackson made their decisions (whatever that may be).kevin-mickidd-greys-anatomy

But, fans are speculating (and hoping) that next season will continue the finale instead of skipping ahead, given that the series did just make another huge time jump recently. When asked in the interview, Sarah wouldn’t give away any more details but said so far, it’s pretty much a mystery to her as well.

Wherever the next season picks up, it’s clear the lives of many characters have just changed drastically, especially with April considering joining the army (which could mean her leaving the show).

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Even though Sarah wouldn’t share too many details, fans of the show have taken it upon themselves to speculate, with many sharing their hope that Jackson and April will work it out, and other’s expressing their sadness after the heavy plot this season.

The show left off with a huge amount of possibilities for next season, and with the actors not yet giving anything away, fans will have to keep guessing.

Season 11 brought the network an average of over 8 million viewers, and with all of the buzz about the finale, it’s likely even more fans will be jumping on board for season 12. Critics of the show have emphasized the slight drop in ratings the show has experienced over the past few seasons, though, but ABC has stood by the show.

The first season of the show received great ratings, and many users on sites like IMDb and Metacritic gave the first season an even higher score than the latest episodes. But, even with a slight drop in ratings it’s clear the show’s fan base is still strong, and the actors (and writers) see no end in sight with the 12th season already underway.

While some site’s ratings for the show have decreased with the last season, it seems fans on RottenTomatoes.com have remained satisfied with a 100% fresh rating, and 90% of watchers saying they liked it. The Huffington Post complimented the drama and romance, adding a few words on the realism the writers and actors are able to portray throughout the show. Entertainment Weekly praised the series by saying it was nice to see a drama/romance that pulled away from the typical soap opera tendencies of most shows in the genre.

Since its beginning, the show has always gotten early renewals and much attention from popular magazines which has helped contribute to the growing fan base and 200+ combined awards and nominations.

Season 12 is a little ways out, but actors and fans alike are waiting in anticipation to see what happens to the show’s greatest characters. While no one has spilled any details yet, we can expect to hear a little more about the show’s plans as season 12 gets closer to premiering.