'Grey's Anatomy' Season 16 Episode 19: Is Richard Webber's brain tumor back? Fans say 'he can't die'

Richard Webber suffers a stroke in the latest episode and fans don't want to lose him

                            'Grey's Anatomy' Season 16 Episode 19: Is Richard Webber's brain tumor back? Fans say 'he can't die'
Richard Webber (ABC)

The latest episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' was a nerve-wracking one. Richard Webber's illness escalates and he has a stroke in the middle of a conference and the episode ends with him being rushed to hospital. Just before that, he has hallucinations about his wife Catherine Fox (Debbie Allen) returning to him and apologizing about her petty, or rather diabolic, behavior. In his mind, the two of them reconcile and spend a pleasant night together. 

Richard has been showing signs of an undiagnosed illness for a while now. In an earlier episode, he had handed over his services and declared that he didn't want to be a surgeon anymore. Fans are speculating whether the tumor that Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) had removed years ago, is back. Apart from this, fans are begging the showrunners to leave Richard alone, as fans are still recovering from losing Alex Karev (Justin Chambers).

"The Tumor that Derek removed on Webber’s brain is back! That’s my sad prediction," tweeted a fan.

"I wonder if Richard’s tumor that Derek removes in Season 1 has come back & that’s what is causing the hand tremors, the angry outbursts & the hallucinations? Even if Derek got every cell of the tumor there can always be a reoccurrence!!" wrote another fan. 

Another fan wrote, "First you send Karev off with Izzie, then Richard started losing control of his hands and now you are telling me he had some sort of stroke!!!! #GreysAnatomy."

"Really, Shonda? Because what’s happening in the world isn’t sad enough you go and throw those two episodes at us? And Webber??? WEBBER?? Cmon man. My little delicate heart can’t handle anymore," tweeted another fan. However, it is not Shonda Rhimes who is the writer for 'Grey's Anatomy' anymore. Krista Vernoff has taken over.

"If Richard leaves, 'Grey's will not be the same," a fan tweeted.

An upset fan wrote, "Richard Webber better not die!!! I promise to stop watching #GreysAnatomy."

"RICHARD! He didn’t go through hell and high water, marrying Catherine, being electrocuted, dying, just to die from a fucking brain tumor!" tweeted a fan.

Another one said: "If he does. You will be taking it WAY too far @shondarhimes. We are already living in scary and crazy times right now... I mean... can you just not ruin my fantasy world too?!"

'Grey's Anatomy' airs on Thursdays at 9 pm on ABC.

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