Among the many disruptions COVID-19 has brought to our lives, the Grey’s Anatomy finale that showrunner Krista Vernoff had planned never made it to filming. The makeshift finale we watched this week was not how Season 16 was intended to end, but production shut down and the Grey’s creators worked with what they had. So, what was originally supposed to happen and when will we see these plotlines actually play out? Vernoff shared a surprising source for spoilers — the final two episodes of Station 19.
Vernoff told TVLine that while Grey’s Anatomy had to shut down due to coronavirus, Station 19‘s shooting schedule finished before the shutdown went into effect. So, the end of Station 19 was already filmed as though the original finale for Grey’s had played out, and will include some major hints about what the showrunners have planned next for these characters.
“Creatively, it is presenting unique challenges, for sure,” Vernoff said of the production delays. “When fans watch Episode 15 and 16 of Station 19, they will probably have a feeling of some of what we had planned.”
One storyline we won’t see play out on Station 19? What Amelia and Link name their son. Vernoff told The Hollywood Reporter that the baby name was included in the original finale, but they’ll now play it out at the beginning of Season 17. Also: the baby’s name will not be Derek.
“The name the baby storyline was in episode 22,” she said. “I will tell you that the name is not Derek. I’ll give you that the line in 1622 about Derek was that Link pitched it and Amelia said, ‘I don’t want to cry every time I look at my baby, so no.’ But the name is meaningful, yes.”
The Station 19 finale airs in just a few weeks and we’ll be there taking notes.
Before you go, check out the most shocking moments from Grey’s Anatomy finales over the years.