Grey's Anatomy Season 16 is still almost two months away, but production has just kicked off, and we already have our first look direct from the set.
"First day back at work with this beauty,” cast member Giacomo Gianniotti shared on Instagram alongside a behind-the-scenes photo of him and leading lady Ellen Pompeo.
“Season 16 of Grey’s Anatomy, here we go!”
They sure look happy to be back at work, right?
Given that Grey's Anatomy Season 15 concluded with Meredith vowing to come clean to authorities about DeLuca's innocence, we're going to assume things are not going to be in the best place for them.
They both love each other very much, as teased in May's season finale.
If you watch Grey's Anatomy online, you know that Meredith struggled to think of DeLuca as someone other than a friend at first.
But, for some reason, him putting his career and freedom on the line for her made her realize he was the man for her.
Even many fans who were on the fence about MerLuca found those heartbreaking scenes to be the first thing to sell them on the romance.
Meredith was fired from the hospital, alongside Alex, and Weber, so we think it's fair to say our leading hero will be traveling a long road to recovery.
If she does come clean about the insurance incident, then it's possible that she will never practice in the field of medicine again.
But we couldn't imagine the series without Meredith Grey helping save lives, so there will probably be a convenient way to brush this whole storyline under the rug.
The same can be said for Alex and Weber. There's no way they won't be returning to Grey Sloan Memorial in some capacity.
The good news for fans is that they know the series has been renewed through to 2021, so there are still at least two full seasons on the horizon.
Whether the show will end there, we don't know, but it's hard to imagine ABC wanting to part with it if it continues to rate well.
What are your thoughts on this first photo?
Are you looking forward to the new season?
Grey's Anatomy returns Thursday, September 26 at 8/7c.
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