Grey's Anatomy, the show that exists for the sole purpose of making grown men ugly cry, has one promise this season: It's going to lighten things up a little bit.
That may seem surprising coming from the show that kills off beloved characters with wild abandon (and in imaginatively grotesque ways), but the news comes straight from one of the stars. Giacomo Gianniotti, who plays surgical intern Dr. Andrew DeLuca, told TVLine that showrunner Shonda Rhimes has finally decided to take pity on fans and let them have a little bit of a breather in between tragedies during its upcoming 14th season.
"[Season 14 is] funnier, it’s sexier, it’s lighter," Gianniotti said, adding that where there's usually death and heartbreak, this season, there will be romance. "[A] lot of the men are single now, so we’re going to explore what that dynamic is like... We’re going to have fun this season."
That's not exactly new — it's just that Grey's usually gives us a nice, balanced mix of steamy hookups and gut-wrenching character deaths. Still, we've never really moved on from the death of Dr. Derek Shepherd, so we're not exactly mad that Rhimes has plans to take the show in a lighter direction, at least for a season. And we know there's no way this is lasting more than a season. We expect she'll end Season 14 with yet another tragedy at Grey Sloan Memorial, setting us up for a 15th season filled with all the sobbing into our wine and ice cream, just like we're used to.
The 14th season of Grey's Anatomy premieres with a two-hour episode Sept. 28 on ABC.
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