Everything We Know (So Far) About 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 17

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Grey's Anatomy.

Grey's Anatomy wrapped up its 16th season on April 9 with an episode that very much felt like a season finale, even though it wasn't planned as one. The show, like the rest of the Hollywood, was forced to shut down production due to the coronavirus pandemic, which meant the final four episodes were never shot and won't be seen.

Shortened or not, the show's season ended in true Grey's fashion—with a lot of drama. The Grey-Sloan team finally figured out what was wrong with Dr. Richard Webber—thanks in no small part to Dr. DeLuca, who's still struggling with his mental health—and performed a life-saving surgery. Meanwhile, Amelia gave birth to her and Link's son. Owen discovered Teddy cheated on him with fellow doc Tom Koracek. And Meredith is still sort of flirting with the hot doc that Cristina Yang sent her way earlier this season, Cormac Hayes. And, of course, fans are still recovering from the sudden departure of Alex Karev after Justin Chambers left the show.

The creative team behind Grey's Anatomy is already looking ahead to next season, even if they're not yet sure when they'll be able to resume shooting. Showrunner Krista Vernoff spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about what's next and said the writers will start working again in early May.

"We're waiting to see what happens with the world. I will start a season 17 writers room in May, and, at that point, I imagine our conversation will be about starting our story from where we left off in season 16. But I don't think we can take unproduced scripts that we didn't shoot and shoot them," she said. "We're going to have had a break and have new ideas. We've been texting each other ideas already. Some of those things that we had decided, we're changing because we'll have had a break and have come up with better ideas. And some of it is going to have to change because you're taking what was going to be a regular episode and have to turn it into a season premiere and that will require some reimagining."

Here's everything else we know so far about season 17:

The premiere date. Typically, a show like Grey's Anatomy would return to ABC in September, but given the state of the world right now, everything is up in the air. Vernoff told THR there are a lot of factors that will determine when people can get back to work. "The Writers Guild is thinking about all of those things," she said. "There are conversations about, will testing be more widely available by that point? Are you testing people when they go to work?…I'm trying not to think about it too much because no one knows anything and next week everything could change."

The cast. "There are no notable cast member departures happening between seasons," Vernoff said. PHEW.

The lost episodes. Vernoff revealed they probably won't release the four episodes they had previously written into season 16 but may carry through some of the ideas. "I'm going to hold on to them for now because I imagine we'll play out a fair amount of them in season 17," she told THR. "It's not lucky that there's a pandemic and we had to stop our storytelling four episodes short, but it's lucky that where we had to stop wound up as a pretty perfect season finale."

The name of Amelia and Link's baby boy. Apparently, this storyline was supposed to play out in an episode we will never see, but Vernoff says we won't find out the name until the season 17 premiere. However, she did reveal what the name is not. "I will tell you that the name is not Derek," she said. "I'll give you that the line in [season 16, episode 22] about Derek was that Link pitched it and Amelia said, 'I don't want to cry every time I look at my baby, so no.' But the name is meaningful, yes."

This post will be updated as new information becomes available.

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