‘Grey’s Anatomy’ season finale 2024 explained

Grey’s Anatomy has once again delivered a season finale packed with drama, excitement, and heartache for Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and her fellow doctors. The tenth and final episode of season 20, set against the backdrop of a devastating wildfire tearing through Seattle, might just be the most gripping one of 2024.

While Meredith’s role was scaled back in season 19, she took center stage in the season 20 finale. What fate befell Meredith in this unforgettable episode, and what can we expect from the next season?


What Happened During the Grey’s Anatomy Season Finale in 2024?

Many Grey’s Anatomy season finales revolve around a major crisis, and season 20 was no exception. This time, a dangerous wildfire, which Ben Warren (Jason George) and his crew from Station 19 were battling, served as the focal point. Amidst this chaos, the doctors of Grey Sloan faced both romantic and professional challenges.

The episode starts off light, with interns complaining about the closed coffee cart and Monica Beltran (Natalie Morales) joking about wanting Winston Ndugu (Anthony Hill) to meet her parents after a one-night stand. But things quickly escalate.

In the most significant storyline, Meredith’s research project faces jeopardy when Catherine Fox (Debbie Allen) discovers that Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) improperly funded it. Meredith is then given a harsh ultimatum: continue working at Grey Sloan and surrender her research to the Fox Foundation or walk away for good. The futures of Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone) and Teddy also hang in the balance, adding to the tension.

Meredith stays true to her strong-willed nature, deciding to publish her research and leave Grey Sloan. In a standout moment, Catherine tells her, “You’re just like your mother,” to which Meredith responds, “Great. That means I’ll win.” This decision is driven by Meredith and Amelia’s breakthrough linking the gut to Alzheimer’s, a potentially groundbreaking discovery. Despite Catherine’s recognition of its significance, she remains tough on Meredith, who stands firm in her convictions.

Meredith’s love life also sees a dramatic turn. After several seasons of being in love with Nick Marsh (Scott Speedman), who left following a fight over her commitment, he makes a grand return to the hospital. Their reunion, reminiscent of a romantic comedy, is both heartwarming and a testament to why Grey’s Anatomy remains so beloved. Just when we think Meredith is being unreasonable, she proves how deeply she cares about those around her.

The finale features several other memorable moments. Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) contemplates leaving after a patient dies under his care, questioning his identity beyond being a surgeon. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and the interns threaten to leave if Lucas Adams (Niko Terho) is held back, and Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington) discovers she’s pregnant. These developments set the stage for significant decisions in season 21.

With the dramatic events of the season 20 finale still fresh, season 21 will likely focus on the characters’ professional lives. While we can anticipate the doctors reclaiming their positions, at least temporarily, we might see Amelia, Meredith, Owen, and Teddy working on Meredith’s research full-time.

Bailey and Ben’s relationship could also take center stage, especially now that Station 19 has been canceled. Jason George’s return to Grey’s Anatomy seems plausible, allowing for a seamless transition since Ben used to be a surgeon at Grey Sloan. However, as is tradition with the show, their relationship is likely to face some turbulence.

Overall, Grey’s Anatomy season 21 promises to continue delivering the blend of personal and professional drama that has kept viewers hooked for two decades.