'Grey's Anatomy' Season 15: Shonda Rhimes says she has no idea how the show would end
While Ellen Pompeo indicated that she might leave the show after Season 16, Rhimes said she has given up thinking how the show should end
Shonda Rhimes and Ellen Pompeo have always had each other's backs when it comes to 'Grey's Anatomy', and Rhimes had earlier confirmed that the show ends the day Ellen decides to quit.
Now that it has already been reported that Ellen, who is now prime-time television's highest-paid actress, will probably quit the show after Season 16, creator Rhimes too has indicated that she has been planning the show's ending for quite a long time.
In a conversation with Entertainment Weekly, Rhimes mentioned that, after planning a lot about the show's ending, she has finally given up on deciding how the show should end.
Now that Krista Vernoff, who had been the head writer and an executive producer of 'Grey's Anatomy' until the end of Season seven, has taken the reigns for the show in her own hands, Rhimes also indicated that she does not think it is necessary for her to go through every script.
She said, "I don’t think that I could be a person who sat and signed off on every script...Krista is the only person that I’ve ever known who has my sensibility and understands the voice of what I’ve always been saying about the show, and it’s been really exciting to let her run with it."
However, maybe Vernoff taking up the responsibility as the showrunner means that Rhimes is trying to take the exit door from the show. In the interview, Rhimes has confessed that she has imagined the show's ending several times.
She said, "I have written the end of the show at least six times. Seriously, every time I felt like, 'this will be how the show ends', we’ve gone past those moments so many times that I’ve stopped trying to come up with a vision for it. We just don’t end. I have no idea now."
This could only mean that Rhimes has taken her hands off the show, and Ellen's apparent hinting towards quitting the show only verifies the fact that 'Grey's Anatomy' is quickly running towards its end.
Ellen, who has become the highest paid woman in prime-time television after signing off a deal for $20 million, had earlier indicated that she might quit the show and look out for some other projects.
During her conversation with Entertainment Weekly, the actress said, "I am really feeling like we have told the majority of the stories we can tell. It's about time that I mix it up. I'm definitely looking for a change." While Rhimes had her back throughout her decision, the former showrunner had some similar plans for the protagonist, Meredith Grey (played by Ellen Pompeo) too. As Ellen plans for a change outside the show, Rhimes is planning for a change in Meredith.
Following Derek's (played by Patrick Dempsey) death, Rhimes mentioned that she did not want Meredith to look out for love anymore. She would rather have her stand on her feet and really focus on what she does best - being a surgeon.
"After Derek left, it was about really allowing Meredith to stand on her own two feet and figure out who she is and make it more about her career and not about who she’s gonna date. Ellen also had strong feelings about that."
It can be said that both Ellen and Rhimes have the similar idea about what their future is in the show, and it will probably not be long before we bid farewell to a more evolved, matured Meredith.