As Gray’s Anatomy introduces the new season to a plot inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the main characters ends up with the disease.
As the two-hour premiere episode aired, fans saw the medical staff at Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital become workers on the front lines of the virus, putting themselves in danger of rescuing others.
Meredith Gray, played by Ellen Pompeo, also became one of the people who contracted the disease, as showrunner Christa Vernoff reveals.
Speaking with Hollywood reporterVernoff said: “Last week we felt the pain of Meredith Gray as a doctor treating an early influx of patients with COVID. This week we are starting to experience what it is like for her to be a patient with COVID. “
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“We saw an opportunity to dramatize and shed light on their plight through Meredith Gray’s incredibly beloved and well-known character,” she said, arguing that the solution was to show how challenging medical jobs became during the pandemic.
“Doctors and nurses are fighting for us and we are falling,” she said.
“The least we can do is wear a mask, at a social distance and stay home when possible. Meredith has a real battle ahead of her. And … she has this beach. Darkness and light. This is a powerful season. Stay tuned, ”she added.