Covid-19 is coming to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.
“We’re going to address this pandemic for sure,” said Grey’s Anatomy executive producer Krista Vernoff of the show’s plans for season 17. “There’s no way to be a long-running medical show and not do the medical story of our lifetimes.”
Vernoff said that the show’s writers are meeting with real-life doctors, who have shared their stories about dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Every year, we have doctors come and tell us their stories, and usually they’re telling their funniest or craziest stories. This year, it has felt more like therapy,” she explained. “The doctors come in and we’re the first people they’re talking to about these types of experiences they’re having. They are literally shaking and trying not to cry, they’re pale, and they’re talking about it as war — a war that they were not trained for. And that’s been one of our big conversations about Owen, is that he’s actually trained for this in a way that most of the other doctors aren’t.” Vernoff added that it’s been “really painful” to hear about the suffering that patients and healthcare workers are experiencing during the pandemic. “I feel like our show has an opportunity and a responsibility to tell some of those stories,” she said.
Due to the pandemic they have not yet been able to start shooting, but the director has said that filming will start soon, let’s keep our eyes peeled for this.