Se sei un fan dei drammi medici, hai sicuramente sentito parlare di “Grey’s Anatomy”. Dal suo debutto nel 2005, i telespettatori si sono immersi nelle intricate vite di Meredith Gray di Ellen Pompeo e del resto dello staff del Grey Sloan Memorial. Oltre ai diversi personaggi della serie e alle iconiche relazioni romantiche, “Grey’s Anatomy” ha anche regalato trame rivoluzionarie e momenti sbalorditivi che hanno lasciato un segno indelebile nella sua fanbase dedicata.

In May, the beloved series continued to make an impact in the television sphere when it reached its landmark 400th episode in its 18th season — making it the longest-running medical drama on primetime TV (per Digital Spy). With Season 19 set to air in October, the carousel is continuing to turn with old and new characters learning how to save lives. However, fans will see less of the show's titular character in its forthcoming episodes.

Ellen Pompeo will have a limited role in Grey's Anatomy's new season

On October 6, the long-running medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" will return to our television screens. At the end of the Season 18 finale (spoilers ahead), Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) was left to choose between an interim position as the hospital's Chief of Surgery or following Nick Marsh (Scott Speedman) to Minnesota. With the premiere only two months away, viewers finally get a sneak peek into Meredith's role in the forthcoming episodes.

On August 3, Deadline reported Pompeo would be playing the titular character in a limited capacity — with only eight appearances in the new season. The surprising change stemmed from the "Old School" actor's upcoming role in Hulu's limited "Orphan" series. Since the news was announced, fans took to social media to share their reactions. "Ellen will appear in only 8 episodes of season 19? I'm sorry. This is the end. There is no Grey's Anatomy without MEREDITH GREY," one user tweeted.

Fortunately for fans, although in a limited capacity, Pompeo is not leaving the series just yet. According to a report from E! News, the beloved actor is still signed on as an executive producer and will be narrating each episode of Season 19. While Pompeo's reduced role may surprise some fans, the actor has previously talked about leaving the popular series. "I've been trying to focus on convincing everybody that it should end," she told Insider in 2021. "I feel like I'm super naive one who keeps saying, 'But what's the story going to be...'"

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