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Grey's Anatomy season 19: Release date speculation, cast and latest news

Who will join Ellen Pompeo for the new episodes of the medical drama?

Ellen Pompeo as Dr Meredith Grey
ABC/Liliane Lathan
Published: Thursday, 2nd June 2022 at 12:55 pm
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Meredith Grey's medical career continues to keep us on the edge of our seats despite the show entering its 17th year – and for those still gripped by the drama, there's good news!

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Grey's Anatomy will be returning for its 19th season at some point this year, with Ellen Pompeo reprising her iconic role as Dr Meredith Grey.

While she's been through an awful lot over the past 18 seasons, Meredith Grey will be back, with the new season exploring "the ever-expanding world of modern medicine through the eyes of beloved returning and new characters", according to ABC.

One actor whose future appears to be uncertain is Kevin McKidd, best known for playing fan favourite Owen Hunt.

He's recently joined the cast of ITV crime thriller Six Four (via Variety), leaving viewers concerned that he may not have time to return to the medical drama in a regular role, although no official announcements have been made yet.

So, who will be back and who won't for the next run of Grey's Anatomy?

**Spoiler warning for Grey's Anatomy season 18**

Grey's Anatomy season 19 release date speculation

Grey's Anatomy season 19 will likely premiere in late September/early October 2022.

The 400th episode of the series and the season 18 finale aired on 26th May 2022 in the US, with the next season due to air in the Autumn of the same year on ABC and Hulu in its home nation.

It is unknown when the episodes will arrive in the UK.

Grey's Anatomy season 19 cast

James Pickens Jr. in Grey's Anatomy
Will Dr Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) return? ABC/Liliane Lathan

The following main cast members have been confirmed for Grey's Anatomy season 19.

  • Ellen Pompeo as Dr Meredith Grey
  • Chandra Wilson as Dr Miranda Bailey
  • James Pickens Jr. as Dr Richard Webber

We can likely also expect returns for the following main cast members.

  • Caterina Scorsone as Dr Amelia Shepherd
  • Camilla Luddington as Dr Jo Wilson
  • Kelly McCreary as Dr Maggie Pierce
  • Kim Raver as Dr Teddy Altman
  • Jake Borelli as Dr Levi Schmitt
  • Chris Carmack as Dr Atticus "Link" Lincoln
  • Anthony Hill as Dr Winston Ndugu

We can also likely expect returns for residents such as Jaicy Elliot as Dr Taryn Helm, along with other recurring characters such as Alex Landi as Levi's boyfriend Dr Nico Kim, Stefania Spampinato as Dr Carina DeLuca, Debbie Allen as Dr Catherine Fox, Jason George as Dr Ben Warren, E.R. Fightmaster as Dr Kai Bartley, and Aniela Gumbs as Zola Grey Shepherd.

Caterina Scorsone in Grey's Anatomy
Dr Amelia Shepherd will likely be back as her latest romance continues ABC/Liliane Lathan

Kevin McKidd as Dr Owen Hunt would be expected to return too, although he has signed up for a new ITV thriller called Six Four, leaving some fans concerned about his Grey's future.

There is also the possibility that newly-reunited fan-favourite couple Dr Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) and Dr April Kepner (Sarah Drew) could also make return appearances in the future after they appeared in the season 18 finale.

One cast member's future who is less certain is Scott Speedman as Dr Nick Marsh, with his character remaining in Minnesota and his romance with Meredith appearing at breaking point at the end of the eighteenth season.

Finally, we likely won't be seeing more from Richard Flood as Dr Cormac Hayes after the character departed the show midway through the eighteenth season.

Is there a trailer for Grey's Anatomy season 19?

The nineteenth season of Grey's Anatomy has yet to enter production so at present there is no trailer for the new episodes.

Rest assured, we will update this section as soon as footage is available.

What will happen in Grey's Anatomy season 19?

Kim Raver and Kevin McKidd in Grey's Anatomy
Dr Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) and Dr Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) went on the run in the Grey's Anatomy finale ABC/Liliane Lathan

There are a number of plot threads to be picked up in Grey's Anatomy season 19.

A mammoth issue is the fact that the residency programme at Grey Sloan was shut down, prompting Dr Miranda Bailey to resign and Dr Richard Webber to take leave and go travelling with his wife Dr Catherine Fox after she learned she was responding to treatment for her returning cancer.

Where does this leave the residents such as Dr Levi Schmitt and Dr Taryn Helm now?

In the aftermath, Dr Meredith Grey decided to stay in Seattle and take over from Bailey as Chief of Surgery, putting her romance with Dr Nick Marsh in danger as she told him to return to Minnesota without her. Meredith chased after Nick but found he had already gone. Are they really over?

Scott Speedman as Dr Nick Marsh in Grey's Anatomy
Have we seen the last of Dr Nick Marsh (Scott Speedman) in Grey's Anatomy? ABC/Liliane Lathan

Elsewhere, Dr Amelia Shepherd made peace with ex Dr Atticus "Link" Lincoln before reconciling with new lover Dr Kai Bartley, just as Dr Jo Wilson mended her friendship with Link.

Meanwhile, after being reported to Bailey for his assisted suicide programme, Dr Owen Hunt and Dr Teddy Altman fled Grey Sloan and the country with their children. Have we seen the last of them?

Finally, the finale confirmed that returning fan-favourites Dr Jackson Avery and Dr April Kepner had romantically reconciled - but don't expect to see them back on a full-time basis any time soon.

Jesse Williams and Sarah Drew kiss in Grey's Anatomy
Will we see Dr Jackson Avery and Dr April Kepner in Grey's Anatomy again? ABC/Liliane Lathan

Actress Sarah Drew told Deadline that she was unable to be back as a regular but could return for guest appearances.

"It definitely leaves open the possibility that you might be checking in with them," revealed Drew, "After the script was released, I had texts flying in from cast and crew asking if I was coming back next year because of how the episode ends.

"But as of now that is not on the table. It’s not something that anyone has discussed with me in any kind of official capacity. But there’s a lot of open ended questions at the end of this episode."

Grey's Anatomy seasons 1 to 17 are available to stream on Disney Plus now, while season 18 is available on Sky and NOW with new episodes airing on Sky Witness in the UK. Check out more of our Drama coverage or visit our TV Guide to see what’s on tonight.

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