Grey’s Anatomy season 16 came to an early close after production was shut down during the coronavirus pandemic, now showrunner Krista Vernoff is talking about the storylines that were left unfinished.
Grey’s Anatomy season 16, episode 21, “Put on a Happy Face,” became the series season finale after they were unable to film any more episodes. Production had shut down early because of COVID-19 spreading rapidly, much like many other television and movies sets filming came to a halt.
The series got lucky that they were able to end on an episode which revealed enough to leave fans wanting more next season. Obviously it did leave out some storytelling that was originally planned in the final few episodes that were never filmed or aired.
It looks like the plans for those episodes will be scrapped though. According to an interview EW had with Krista Vernoff the writers will be starting over.
“I do think we have to reset,” Vernoff explained on the unfinished episodes. “I don’t know to what degree. We certainly can’t just shoot what was going to be [episode] 22 and make it the premiere because it wasn’t designed as a premiere.”
This could be a good sign for viewers that have been unhappy with how the season was unraveling in recent episodes. With a “reset” perhaps characters will get even better storylines.
Vernoff explained further that, “A lot of things that we had planned to do in the last four episodes are going to change, but I don’t have a real answer until I get the writers in a room. I don’t know how it’s going to change or what it’s going to be, and I won’t until we actually sit down.”
As always, fans will have to actually wait for the new season to know for sure what will happen with their favorite characters. It’s also unclear if Fall TV will return around the same time as we’re used to, for now a lot of things are still up in the air.