Ellen Pompeo Hints at Grey's Anatomy End Date

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The end could be approaching for Grey's Anatomy. 

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the resilient medical drama's leading lady, Ellen Pompeo has hinted that the show could come to a close in 2020 after sixteen seasons. 

Pompeo was asked whether she thought that she would continue with the medical drama beyond Season 16, which is when her contract expires. 

Ellen Pompeo Dazzles In Beige

I’m clearly not prepared right now to make any formal announcement about what my future is on the show, but I am really feeling like we have told the majority of the stories that we can tell,” Pompeo told the magazine, adding:

“It’s about time that I mix it up. I’m definitely looking for a change.”

Sixteen seasons is a long time, and while a lot can change between now and then, it does sound like Ellen is ready to move on to other projects. 

Grey's Anatomy Season 15 Poster

What we do know is that when the time comes to wrap the show up, creator Shonda Rhimes will return to see her first big ABC drama out the door. 

“I have written the end of the show at least six times,” Rhimes told EW.

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“But we just don’t end. Every time I thought, ‘This is how the show should end,’ we’ve gone past those moments, so I’ve stopped trying. I have no idea now.”

Given that the show is continually evolving, it makes sense that Rhimes would be up in arms about which ending to go with. 

Ellen Pompeo at an Event

What we do know is that the Rhimes' penned episodes are among some of the show's best, so it's good knowing that she will be back to help viewers say goodbye to this world.

Even if it does wind up concluding in 2020, it means fans still have two full seasons of twists, romance, and medical mysteries for the characters to endure. 

Alas, there are a lot of changes as we head into Grey's Anatomy Season 15 which debuts Thursday, September 27.

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Ellen Pompeo Promo Pic - Grey's Anatomy

Kim Raver who returned in a recurring capacity for Grey's Anatomy Season 14 will be back on a full-time basis for Grey's Anatomy. 

Her character, Teddy Altman was revealed to be pregnant with Owen's baby on Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Episode 24 ... just a few episodes after he adopted a son. 

Given that Owen is getting closer to his ex-wife, Amelia, the show is poised to have a love triangle for the ages on the new season. 

What are your thoughts on the show potentially ending after Season 16? 

Do you think it's time, or does it reinvent itself enough that it could continue for longer, and even without Pompeo?

Hit the comments below. 

Remember you can watch Grey's Anatomy online right here via TV Fanatic. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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