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There are long running TV shows, and then there's Grey's Anatomy. ABC's medical drama is coming toward the end of its whopping 14th season on the network, and is showing no real signs of slowing down. Grey's has already been renewed for Season 15, with some major changes happening to the large ensemble cast. Given the show's long tenure on the air, one has to wonder how long it'll last, and how the story of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital will eventually end. According to star and producer Ellen Pompeo, the early groundwork for that finale is already being made behind the scenes. As she tells it,
Yes, we're starting to think about how you would end a show this iconic How do you end it? But we're not there yet. We're going to focus on season 15. We just take it one season at a time.
While it doesn't look like we'll see the Grey's series finale anytime soon, the powers that be certainly seem to be flirting with the idea. Given the show's long run and its enormous revolving cast, the ending of Grey's Anatomy is going to have to really kill it in order to satisfy the millions of fans.
Ellen Pompeo's comments to ET are sure to be equal parts relieving and daunting for hardcore Grey's fans out there. One one hand, it's good to know that the producers and writers have already begun the earliest planning for a finale, and are therefore taking the responsibility very seriously. Season 15 isn't necessarily going to be the final season, so this type of development shows how much everyone involved cares.
On the flip side, there are many hardcore Grey's fans out there who couldn't imagine Thursday nights without a trip to Seattle. The show has retained high viewership in the decade and change since it debuted as a midseason replacement. Grey's Anatomy has always found a way to tug at audience's heart strings, to the connection that the community has with characters like Meredith and Alex is very strong by this point.
Then again, it's clear that Ellen Pompeo and everyone involved in Grey's Anatomy is largely focused on finishing up Season 14, and the development of the show's 15th friggin' year on the air. It was revealed a few months ago that long running actresses Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew would not be returning next season, with Grey's having to find a way to write the duo out. According to Ellen Pompeo this was done because it was hard to write for those two characters after 10 years on the show. Now we'll just have to see what newcomers enter the narrative to shake things up.