And one other one bites the mud.
There have been no delusions about Gray’s Anatomy Season 17 Episode 7. From Station 19 Season 4 Episode 6 to the top of the hour, it felt as in the event that they had been gearing up for one more swan music.
By the point they introduced the final name on Andrew DeLuca, the franchise had put us via the wringer for a predictable ending.
They have been taking part in a guessing game on whether or not or not Gray’s Anatomy is coming to a detailed, and that is the ultimate season of the sequence. It is left followers in limbo for what appears like an eternity, and the newest news, which TV Fanatic shared, is that they’ve written the finale of the season to function each a season and sequence finale.
However it could’t be clearer that it is the last season of this sequence, given every part we have witnessed.
The sequence has been on for 17 seasons; whereas it actually has a ticking clock on its expiration date, there’s something unhappy a few legendary, groundbreaking, record-shattering sequence going out with a whimper throughout a tumultuous, pandemic-ridden, chaotic tv season.
However what’s worse is that whereas Gray’s Anatomy has at all times been a melodrama, decreasing its followers to a puddle of tears and by no means being gun-shy about killing off beloved, loathsome, and anybody in between characters, this season feels completely different.
We have misplaced 1000’s of lives to a virus that has held the globe captive for over a 12 months. The world as we all know is irreversibly modified, and there is a collective sense of loss, grief, and disappointment at each conceivable flip.
Many individuals did flip to their screens for some type of escapism. Others accepted the realism that comes with displaying our actual experiences onscreen and having them mirrored again.
Please, do not take this boy. Please, do not take this boy.
A medical sequence protecting COVID? We knew what we had been moving into, little question, however this whole season of Gray’s Anatomy to this point, other than the emotional callbacks, is miserable.
It feels so emotionally manipulative and exploitative, like they’re cashing in on an already fatigued viewers that’s most days hanging on by a thread, they usually’re doing it by piling atop emotions with extra feels. It is exhausting, draining, and now not gratifying.
If it’s the last season of a sequence that a few of us have invested 17 years of our lives to, then why does it going out embrace kicking us whereas we’re down?
The hour was one other emotional one. DeLuca was wheeled into the hospital, barely alive and combating for his life, after Opal stabbed him with what I can solely think about is a shiv product of Kryptonite as a result of no matter it was, it did a ridiculous quantity of neverending injury.
Owen, please save him, please.
DeLuca saved these ladies, “redeemed” himself by taking down Opal, and he paid the last word value for it. We’re presupposed to suppose he went out a hero, and he did, however it was additionally a painful reminder of how unfinished his story was.
DeLuca’s Bipolar arc was such a promising storyline to discover, and but it was far and wide the vast majority of the time, solely to be waved off as he obtained properly offscreen. However then his loss of life is a results of some redemption he did not require within the first place.
For DeLuca to sacrifice his life to “redeem” himself, the implication, nevertheless you slice it, is that he was at fault for Opal escaping the primary time due to his psychological sickness.
It meant that him being mentally ailing mixed with everybody else not believing him due to his Bipolar was some screwup on his half that he needed to make up for, and there may be a lot about that because it aligns with psychological sickness that does not sit proper in any respect.
DeLuca saved my life; it is solely proper that I do the identical.
He even stated it himself that had he not been in a manic state, then folks would’ve believed him, and every part that occurred after that would not have.
It was probably the most time we have ever seen dedicated to an usually underused Carina, and we came upon extra concerning the DeLucas in two-hours than we did in nevertheless many seasons. In fact, that may solely finish in loss of life, proper?
Nevermind the truth that DeLuca made his option to that blasted seashore with Meredith. His and Meredith’s conversations signified that certainly one of them wasn’t making it out alive, and that particular person was doubtless DeLuca, despite the fact that he had a lot he had left to do.
In true Gray’s Anatomy trend, it was all pleasure and chaos, because it appeared the person needed to give all of them the pertinent info and hurry them alongside to function on him whereas everybody was stalling at occasions to take moments to react to the devastating improvement.
Ben: How are you feeling, DeLuca?
DeLuca: Like I obtained stabbed.
DeLuca was seemingly secure after a harrowing surgical procedure that introduced Teddy and Owen collectively, placing apart their variations lengthy sufficient to work miracles of the fight selection on certainly one of their very own.
DeLuca had a short second of semi-consciousness along with his sister, after which, after all, he coded once more, and this time, they could not save him.
It is quintessential Gray’s angst designed to tear our hearts out, however after all, with an ashy, graven Meredith on a ventilator clinging to life whereas her soul skips round within the sand, and Tom nonetheless not out of the woods, it is 24-hour angst and heaviness at Gray Sloan Memorial.
It is irritating that we have now to say goodbye to a lovable character we have identified for years.
Particularly because the goodbye is sandwiched between Maggie, Amelia, Hyperlink, Jackson, and Winston hanging out at Mer’s home, Tom lastly letting Teddy have it, and that Jo and Hayes case that was barely value taking note of, whereas a few of the closest characters to DeLuca had been absent.
Meredith is unconscious, however at the least she obtained to spend time with him on the Seaside of Doom, and it was a beautiful nod to the Merluca ‘shippers as he lauded and thanked her for bringing that means to his life and all of that great things.
Sarcastically, it felt like one other case of a personality’s second having to revolve round singing Mer’s praises as an alternative. However Bailey slept via DeLuca’s traumatic ordeal on the hospital and his loss of life, and nobody thought to wake her.
Miranda Bailey would NEVER wish to sleep via certainly one of her work children combating for his or her life. The lady continues to be distraught about George’s loss of life; why would anybody suppose she’d be OK with this?
You look good, the seashore fits you.
Meredith [to DeLuca]
Poor Richard, who felt indebted to DeLuca, certainly one of his musical companions in crime, obtained sidelined from engaged on his surgical procedure and was decreased to praying to God to not take one other. God laughed, after all.
Maggie dated DeLuca for months. He stayed on their sofa for months. He helped her maintain Meredith’s children whereas she was in jail. And but, she was caught at Mer’s home with a bunch of different folks for the only objective of think-tanking how they’d inform Zola and the youngsters about Meredith.
However as an alternative, the overcrowded home felt like a ready room for characters who could also be subsequent on the chopping block at this level.
As an avid Maggie fan and defender, it made zero sense that a health care provider, whose one sister is on a ventilator and the opposite is working on no sleep, taking good care of a houseful of children, wouldn’t reply her telephone calls in any respect.
These children have already misplaced their dad. I do not need them to lose their mother, too.
It made her look egocentric and irresponsible, and he or she’s a girl who’s greater than deserving of some downtime, however the timing right here was ludicrous.
Jackson awkwardly coming to the room and assembly Winston for the primary time, and the gang spending time with Hyperlink, swaddling a fussy child –who is as loud and opinionated as his mother– I suppose served because the levity for the hour. Sadly, it wasn’t sufficient.
The one reduction about DeLuca’s time on that seashore is that he did not foolishly select to remain there with Meredith over returning to his sister, who expressed that they had been so shut rising up they rattling close to could not exist with out one another.
He adopted his mom (or was it grandmother?) into the afterlife as an alternative.
I will miss you. If I’m going again and you do not, I will miss you.
Mer [to DeLuca]
It was one other draw back of not seeing practically sufficient of Carina there in his last moments. It is devastating for her, and my coronary heart aches for her.
Andrew DeLuca was a private favourite, and his loss is a blow to the sequence. Giacomo Gianniotti has been unimaginable in the perfect and worst of his arcs on this sequence, and DeLuca solidified his place as a memorable, lovable character who might be missed.
It sucks to see him go. I want he had a sendoff that did not get swallowed in general grief and loss fatigue and the opposite storylines that cluttered this hour. He greater than deserved that.
For these tallying all the horrible issues Meredith has skilled, then that is one other lack of a liked one and partner.They went out of their method to attract a couple of parallels to Derek, too.
Tom: I requested you to confess you by no means liked me as a result of I want it. If I survive this factor, I wish to stand up off the bottom and drop this, so, I want it.
Teddy: I by no means liked you, Tom.
On prime of DeLuca’s loss of life, Jo and Hayes additionally misplaced their affected person. Admittedly, I didn’t pay a lot consideration to that case. It was good to see an underused Hayes once more.
Nonetheless, I checked out of it after Jo had the gall to check Alex ditching her for Izzie to Hayes shedding his spouse and the mom of his kids to most cancers. Why is Jo, Jo?
Tom will get kudos for telling Teddy to let him go so he can transfer on, and it does suck that the one cause Amelia wanted Maggie was to determine learn how to inform Zola the reality about Meredith.
Zola is a courageous woman, and he or she dealt with it higher than any child ought to should, however this factor with Meredith in limbo is dragging on method too lengthy. At this fee, can they simply pull the plug?
Jo: Had been you good earlier than your spouse died?
Hayes: Excuse me?
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Mary Ellers is Wahu Times’s senior journalist covering federal politics. She has previously wrote for NPR and is a regular contributor to Medium. Mary graduated from Georgetown University’s journalism school with distinction in 2014.