Grey’s Anatomy’s ‘Meredith Centric’ Season And A New Half Sister [Spoilers]

We’re at the half way mark until the new season of Grey’s Anatomy. For those that are still watching, you know that the season finale was huge and left many loose ends. That said, it seems like every major cliff hanger in some way will have some affect on Meredith Grey.

To Meredith’s “person” and best friend Cristina leaving the hospital, to her husband Derek Shepherd moving from Seattle to D.C., whether Meredith is all in or not, all of these loose strings somehow point to our origin character on Grey’s Anatomy.

In other seasons, she’s stood back to see other doctors shine, and we’ve seen other storylines flourish, but now it’s time for the focus to be back on the “Grey” of it all.

According to Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, Meredith Grey will have a lot on her plate when we return to the famous Seattle hospital. Speaking with TV Line, Rhimes said of the upcoming season’s theme.

“Right now, if you were in the writers’ room, you would probably tell me that the theme is ‘Meredith,’ Because all I keep saying is, ‘The show is just about Meredith Grey!’

“It’s really a Meredith-centric season. She’s lost her ‘person,’ her [half-]sister has shown up, her husband is chafing to go someplace else…”

A huge part of Meredith’s story is the introduction of her other half-sister Maggie, who is the child of Ellis Grey and Richard Webber, whom Meredith’s mother had an affair with while married to Thatcher Grey. The big difference between this half-sister and Meredith’s half-sister, (the late) Lexie Grey, is that this unknown child will also impact Richard Webber, who up until the last episode was clueless to Maggie’s existence. Additionally, we wonder if this will affect the relationship between Meredith and Richard as the two characters have had difficulty in the past balancing their relationship as surrogate father and daughter.

As for how Meredith deals with the news, Rhimes told TV Guide that it’s going to impact her in a huge way.

“It’s very earth-shattering information. It undoes everything Meredith thought to be true about her past and her childhood. It’s fascinating.”

Perhaps that’s a hint that Meredith Grey will actually stay in Seattle instead of going to D.C. with her husband as he works with the White House? Last we left the power couple Meredith and Derek, they were fighting in their kitchen about Meredith not being able to compromise her needs for his career. This was a 180 from Meredith’s initial thoughts about moving with Derek. Cristina’s parting words that she shouldn’t let Derek’s needs eclipse her own really stuck with Meredith and left a profound impact.

Either way, it looks like for the first time in a while on Grey’s Anatomy, we will see just how much Meredith can stand on her own two feet.

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