The "Grey's Anatomy" mid-season premiere left viewers in shock by killing off a beloved character.
Spoiler alert: Stop reading now if you haven’t watched the show yet and don’t want to know what happens.
Now that you've decided to keep reading you can join the legions of Grey’s fans who are in mourning for Dr. Andrew DeLuca, played by actor Giacomo Gianniotti since 2015. DeLuca died on the operating table in Thursday's episode after he was stabbed trying to take down a sex trafficker.
DeLuca was rushed to Dr. Owen Hunt, who revealed that the blade had penetrated most of his vital organs. At first it appears that Hunt saves DeLuca, who comes out of surgery and is able to interact with his sister, another popular character, and others. But things quickly take a turn for the worse.
It becomes apparent that the end is near for him when DeLuca appears in former flame Meredith Grey's beachfront property during a dream sequence. Grey is unconscious from COVID-19 as her life hangs in the balance and she has been shown on the beach, where she was briefly reunited with her dead husband Derek (Dr. McDreamy, to you hardcore fans). So the appearance of DeLuca on the beach is NOT a good sign!
"No matter what happens, I want you to know that I never felt seen the way you saw me. I never felt inspired the way you inspired me," he tells Meredith, according to USA Today. "You made me want to be not just my best self, but better. And yeah, I felt small around you sometimes. I felt insecure. I wanted something from you that I needed to give to myself. But here, now, on this beach with you, I get it. I don't just get it, I feel it. I get who I am. I know my own soul, my strength."
In the beach sequence DeLuca sees his dead mother and runs toward her, and they hug. Back in the hospital, DeLuca dies during a second surgery. On the beach he says goodbye to Meredith, who says: "I'll miss you. If I go back and you don't, I'll miss you."
Viewers are in for a whole lot more drama, which could mark the end of "Grey's Anatomy." Showrunner Krista Vernoff dropped the bomb while discussing the show's uncertain future with The Hollywood Reporter.
"I'm planning a season and a finale that could function as either a season finale or a series finale," she said of renewal talks that have been dragging on for months. "I'm planning for both contingencies and it's hard and it's not ideal. It's not where I wish we were."
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