After a winter break that seemed as though it might never end, the return of Grey’s Anatomy is imminent. And thanks to new sneak-peek photos of the midseason premiere, we now know going into the episode that Dr. Meredith Grey’s love triangle isn’t going anywhere just yet.
Last we saw Mer, she was caught in the kind of conundrum many of us only dream of — two handsome, charming, kind-hearted fellow doctors were vying for her attention. Fans know and have come to love Dr. Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti), who once dated Mer’s half-sister, Dr. Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary). The other suitor, Dr. Atticus “Link” Lincoln (Chris Carmack), is new and therefore lesser known but has made a solid impression so far.
Earlier in the season, DeLuca professed his love for Mer, who didn’t really know what to do with the information at the time. Especially since her love coach, CeCe Colvin (Caroline Clay), had convinced her to go on a date with Link — to which Meredith shockingly agreed.
However, at the end of the first half of the season, Meredith and DeLuca wound up stuck in an elevator together after an intense windstorm joggles Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital’s power.
Which brings us to the photos ABC released ahead of season 15’s midseason premiere.
It’s clear from the pics that Meredith and DeLuca do, in fact, make it out of the elevator. There are no photos to suggest the two do anything but talk in there, but they do look as though their relationship deepens in some way.
Link is still there too, though, meaning Mer has a tough decision ahead of her.
She clearly isn’t ready to make it just yet, because she appears to leave a perplexed-looking Link and DeLuca standing in the hallway as she walks away.
Speaking to TVLine on Dec. 17, showrunner Krista Vernoff seemed to confirm that Meredith will wind up with one of these two eligible Grey Sloan bachelors. “Her dating adventure has boiled down to [that] triangle,” Vernoff teased. “I can’t reveal more than that.”
And while it stands to reason that DeLuca has the upper hand at the moment, Vernoff revealed that there’s more screen time with Link yet to come. “In Episode 10, Meredith will get to know Link better. She gets to know DeLuca better in [the midseason premiere], and she gets to know Link better in 10,” said Vernoff.
As for fan response to Meredith’s love triangle, most seem to be diehard #TeamDeLuca, aka MerLuca (raises hand).
Not only is Deluca looking at Meredith . He has got his hand on her shoulder again . Mer kiss your Italian hottie ready . He can be your person and lover all in one .#merluca #GreysAnatomy pic.twitter.com/DmjI0mfs6k
— ❤️ best of Meredith and Andrew 👩🏼⚕️👨🏻⚕️ (@MerlucaAnatomy) December 29, 2018
— Adila Nawan Hasrimi (@adilanawan) December 24, 2018
Done it. Caught up on season 15. So worth it…Meredith and DeLuca? YES PLEASE 😊 #GreysAnatomy
— Emma 🏳️🌈 (@ERBQ1991) December 29, 2018
— Elizabeth (@AnitaBonita__) December 29, 2018
Deluca is not in kindergarten. Meredith and Deluca are perfect .
— Grey’s and station 19 =dramedy (@HugeDramatvfan) December 28, 2018
— ❤️ best of Meredith and Andrew 👩🏼⚕️👨🏻⚕️ (@MerlucaAnatomy) December 28, 2018
But there are those who have suggested neither DeLuca nor Link are “mature” enough to be with Meredith, to which Vernoff has a pointed response.
“Viewers don’t yet know all of DeLuca’s life experience. And they don’t yet know all of Link’s life experience,” she told TVLine. “And if life experience is code for age, then I would ask those viewers to look at the double standard. Because they never questioned Meredith for Derek even though there was an age difference.”
Grey’s Anatomy returns to TV with the season 15 midseason premiere on Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. on ABC.