Grey's Anatomy Spoiler: New Chief of Surgery Named!

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There's a new Chief of Surgery running the show in Seattle.

April surprised many by winning the coveted role of chief resident this spring. Now, another big shakeup will depose Richard when Grey's Anatomy returns to ABC.

James Pickens, Jr., will remain a regular cast member on the show, but for the second time in as many years, the man known as the Chief will no longer be so.

So who will replace him this time?

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He or she is “as surprised as anybody else about this" and also "nervous about it,” says the cast member in question, speaking on the set of the show.

Follow the jump to find out who it is ...

“He’s a man of action, really, and the head of trauma surgery - that’s what he knows. Suddenly, he’s in a more administrative position. I think the way he deals with that is going to be very interesting,” says Kevin McKidd of Owen's promotion.


Richard opts to step down “because of what’s happening with Adele [and her Alzheimer's] and what happened with Meredith” and Derek’s tainted drug trial.

But, according to McKidd, whereas Webber’s previous demotion was involuntary and met with animus toward Derek, he's “made his peace with it” here.

That doesn't mean it's going to be easy for Owen.

“People give him a hard time,” McKidd tells TV Line of his new role. “It’s not going to be easy for Owen being the chief in the aftermath of Richard Webber.”

The situation, clearly, is “complicated, because these doctors and surgeons have huge egos, and they don’t like administrative change,” McKidd says.

As an actor, however, he anticipates “a fun ride” as Owen “tries to really shake things up and bring things up to the 21st century in the hospital.”

How will Cristina react, personally and professionally, to her husband's change of status? Will this help or hurt Meredith's status at the hospital?

Weigh in on this and other hot topics from Grey's Anatomy Season 8, which kicks off with a two-hour episode September 22, in the comments below!

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i foresee Christina threatening Owen with divorce or in this case, abortion, i bet Christina will help Mer get her job back


Chief Hunt, Chief Webber. Chief Webber ftw.


I don't see Owen been chief will be a disaster for Meredith...I even hope that Owen will save Meredith...May be Owen is the one bring back Meredith after she get fired, who knows?!


I always think Richard is a really bad guy he used to make 2 lovely womem heartbroken, he should go back his family life if he still love Audel,Step down chief ,it's a wise choice,
Ellis & Adele didn't enjoy happy marriage,too sad!!
hopely Mer&Cri know how to manage their own love and marriage No qusetion about Major Dr.Owen Hunt is the right person as a Chief


I'm trying to keep an open mind but this sucks (LOL!). Richard is the one and only chief in my mind. Derek couldn't do it and neither could Owen. They are not cut out for it. They still want to cut, be in the operating room. Neither have had a long enough career to be ready to balance administrative tasks, personnel issues and a few surgeries here and there. I understand why it's being done, but I'm not happy about it. Not to mention that this means Meredith probably will not see the inside of an operating room for as long as Owen is chief. He doesn't like her and she doesn't like him. Can't see him trying to understand her relationship with Richard and why she'd risk her career to save his wife. Can't see him caring either. As far as he's concerned Meredith is reckless and the further away from Cristina she is, the better. Wonder what the means for her career. Hope they aren't going to stiffle her anymore than they already have.


Owen is chief, yay ;D


it's great Dr.Owen Hunt will be a chief in S8,can’t wait to see a badass& sexy Chief Hunt!!
absolutely, Cristina should be proud of her husband




This does seem to mark the preparation for a build up to MerDer/ Alex/ Cristina/ Webber's possible departure. It's gonna be hard on Mer, she and Hunt just clash too much. I can't see her taking responsibility for a patient independent of an attending in episode 3. THe third episode will be all about the other 5th year residents being given that right, not Mer. I think Der will start to clash with Hunt, Webber finding it hard to not comment on Hunt's way of running things. But I think Hunt promotion will mean that he won't be taking paternity leave. I think Cris will have an abortion, Hunt will want a divorce and seek solace in running the hospital. Webber alwys commented to Der that Webber's marriage always paid a heavy price


the thing is they have run show needlessly so long that they are bringing new ideas which are not compatible with the basic idea of show. I think they should limit this reason to 10 episode and just close the show.

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