Love it or hate it, there’s no doubt it’s the end of an era in Grey’s Anatomy. After surviving ferry accidents, love triangles and the death of her husband, Meredith says goodbye to Seattle. Seeing her mother battle Alzheimer’s has been a major motivator for Meredith in the medical field, and now she’s getting a chance to explore it. Meredith moves to Boston where she can research the disease and show her endless support for Zola (Aniela Gumbs). But even as it moves across the country, the Grey’s Anatomy cast is certain it won’t be the end. Camilla Luddington, who plays fan-favorite Jo Wilson, doesn’t think Ellen Pompeo will be gone indefinitely.
“She said that herself, she’ll never quite walk,” Luddington told Entertainment Tonight’s Deidre Behar. “… Jesse [Williams] comes back directing all the time, so she’s going to come back in whatever capacity…she’s an executive producer. I don’t see ‘Grey’s’ without Grey.” Certainly, it would be difficult to justify a series called ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ without Meredith Grey. In the past, characters like Lexie could have carried the torch, but her devastating death made that impossible. “Grey’s Anatomy” is a largely unprecedented series that hasn’t lost its popularity despite the cast changes. Through the changes and trauma, Meredith Gray’s powerful presence has held the show together over the years.