GREY'S Anatomy's show boss has teased a Meredith and DeLuca reunion in ‘compelling’ season 17.
Season 16 of the hit medical drama came to a premature end earlier this month due to the coronavirus pandemic, but not before Meredith Grey and former flame Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) teamed up to help a patient.
It left some fans hoping their pair would reunite, despite their previous attempt at romance ending in disaster.
Teasing that a romantic reunion could indeed be on the cards, show runner Krista Vernoff said there "is hope for Meredith and DeLuca."
She told Deadline: "I will be fascinated to see how that storytelling emerges in season 17 because this story played in a way that I didn't picture.
"You know, you write a thing, and then the actors play it, and then it gets all put together, and then you know what the story is.
"You don't know how it's going to play when you write it. It's been amazing for me to watch this story this season."
However, Krista hinted there could be another romance on the horizon for Meredith aside from DeLuca.
A spark has ignited between the character – played by Ellen Pompeo – and Cormac Hayes (Richard Flood) and this could also be explored in season 17.
She revealed: "I feel like Giacomo has been so compelling, and DeLuca has risen so much, and simultaneously, Hayes has been really compelling and feels very much like Meredith's equal.
"At this point, I'm not even sure which couple I'm rooting for, and that's always an exciting thing."
Season 16 was supposed to have a further four episodes but production was halted due to the coronavirus.
While Krista wouldn't be drawn on rumours a character was supposed to die in the original finale, she did say: "Ironically, when fans watch episode 15 and 16 of [TV show] Station 19 they will probably have a feeling of some of what we had planned."
Grey's Anatomy airs on Thursdays on ABC in the US and on Sky Witness and NOW TV in the UK.
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