Grey's Anatomy is still going strong after a full 14 seasons on ABC, and the fifteenth season is poised to take the show in some bold new directions thanks to a developing love triangle, new additions to the cast, and much more. Series creator Shonda Rhimes has less creative input on the new directions of the show nowadays thanks to the increased role of showrunner Krista Vernoff. While some creators might not be happy about guiding the show anymore, Rhimes is okay with it, and she recently explained why:
Shonda Rhimes is clearly thrilled to have Krista Vernoff back on board. She returned to Grey's Anatomy after an absence of seven years to run the show along with Rhimes, and Rhimes' comments to EW prove that she trusts Vernoff with the direction of the show moving forward. If somebody she knew less and related to less had taken the reins of the series, Rhimes might not be so comfortable with taking a more hands-off approach to the series she created and guided for so many years.
It wasn't necessarily easy for Shonda Rhimes to give up control of the project that really launched her into the mainstream, but she's okay with it and with Vernoff's role. Season 15 will be the second season after Rhimes welcomed Krista Vernoff back to Grey's Anatomy, and she has revealed that giving up some control wasn't as much of a relief as she expected at that point. Rhimes explained why she wasn't able to just move on right away, saying this:
As it turns out, the continued quality of Grey's Anatomy helped Shonda Rhimes adjust to the new reality of having less creative input on the show. Krista Vernoff as showrunner seems to have significantly eased Rhimes' process of settling into life without day-to-day work on Grey's Anatomy. Her words may be encouraging to fans of Grey's Anatomy who have been waiting to see where Season 15 will go with the characters who are left. Could this be the season that brings Callie back, based on Sara Ramirez's recent comments? How will the love triangle be resolved? Is the new ortho god going to be even half as dreamy as McDreamy?
We'll have to wait and see. New episodes of Grey's Anatomy air in the fall TV lineup on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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