It’s been nearly four months since the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy aired, which has basically felt like an eon. But with the show’s return right around the corner (a.k.a. in two weeks, three days and a few hours), it’s almost hard to believe it’s almost here.
If you need a little reminder, we saw DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) taken away in handcuffs after taking the fall for Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) in that insurance fraud scandal/well-intentioned act — something she obviously couldn’t live with, and she confessed to right her wrong. But that didn’t stop Karev (Justin Chambers) and Webber (James Pickens Jr.) from also stepping in to admit their parts in the whole thing, and Bailey (Chandra Wilson) fired all three of them. In other Grey-Sloan news, Teddy (Kim Raver) went into labour, she and Hunt (Kevin McKidd) finally professed their love for one another, Alex learned the truth behind Jo’s (Camilla Luddington) depression, and she checked into a treatment facility. But the episode was called “Jump Into the Fog” for a reason, and while some areas of the city were eventually cleared of that visibility-reducing cloud, that wasn’t the case for Jackson (Jesse Williams) and Maggie (Kelly McCreary), whose camping trip went awry. And as the two tried to escape the storm and look for safety, the hour ended with a cliffhanger as the two came across a multi-car pile-up. But that fog quickly enveloped them and when Maggie called out to Jackson, she got no response. Which takes us to the first teaser trailer for Season 16. It’s a quick one, but it’s a doozy.
It starts off kind of funny, like many Grey’s episodes do, with Meredith picking up trash on the side of the road. But then it gets ominous as Jackson’s disappearance into the fog rages on. Perhaps he is simply doing his thing saving lives, and is too busy to hear his — from what it looked like in the finale — soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend. Or are we going to be hearing that fateful “How to Save a Life” song as Jackson himself is tended to?
Showrunner Krista Vernoff revealed that the ending was an intentional move to get fans anxious for the new season.
“It was a creative decision,” she told The Hollywood Reporter back in May. “It was a cliffhanger. I want people to come back [in the fall] and talk all summer and wonder what happens to him. We have not mapped it out. What I love about act six of our finale is we gave ourselves so much to play with for next season on all the storylines.”
Admittedly, it’s not that cliffhanger-y. Both the show itself and Williams’ contract were renewed for two more years, so unless Avery’s going to be channelling Denny Duquette, it’s pretty safe to say Jackson will be just fine. His relationship with April, on the other hand? Who knows. Now, concerning Grey, Karev and Webber being out of jobs, how long can that really last?
Grey’s Anatomy returns on Thursday, September 26 on CTV.