'Grey's Anatomy' Season 17 Episode 7: How did Andrew DeLuca die? Here's how Meredith will deal with the loss
The 'Station 19' and 'Grey's Anatomy' crossover episode ended with just one question. Will Andrew Deluca survive being stabbed by the sex trafficker we saw him in pursuit on the crossover episode? 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 17 episode seven starts with DeLuca being rushed to 'Grey Sloan Memorial' by Ben Warren (Jason George) and a hysterical Carina DeLuca (Stefania Spampinato) The only question DeLuca asks when in the ambulance is whether the police finally caught the sex trafficker.
While he is rushed to surgery, we see Meredith back at the beach with DeLuca, which is never a good sign. The doctors at Grey Sloan step into overdrive to save him. Teddy and Owen put their differences aside for a short while to save DeLuca, as they've both worked on a similar case during wartime.
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Fans went into a frenzy when they saw that the latest cast member to join Meredith on the beach was DeLuca.
Uh oh DeLucas dead he’s on the beach #greys #GreysAnatomy #greysabc pic.twitter.com/0MvY5zXFWU— Greys Anatomy (@GreysKing) March 12, 2021
However, rather cruelly some others seemed to be hoping that this would be the end of DeLuca on 'Grey's Anatomy'. "IS DELUCA GONNA DIE I HOPE SO?!?!? #greys #GreysAnatomy"
IS DELUCA GONNA DIE I HOPE SO?!?!? #greys #GreysAnatomy pic.twitter.com/Mn1mqsOcU5— Greys Anatomy (@GreysKing) March 12, 2021
On the beach, in Meredith's mind, De Luca and Meredith have a heart to heart; she asks him if he has any regrets. He says that he has no regrets because everyday people ignore atrocities, and he has no regrets following the trafficker even though she was dangerous.
We then see DeLuca come back to consciousness after Teddy and Owen work in tandem to save him. He seems to be doing better for a short while, and even communicates with sister Carina, by just blinking. However, his condition soon worsens and he has to be rushed to surgery once again. We see him on the beach again with Meredith where he's desperately trying to build a sand castle which keeps getting washed away. He says he still has so much left to do and there's no time. It's obviously a metaphor for what is to come.
He tells Meredith he has never felt as seen by anyone as he was by her. He says that even at the times he felt insecure with her, he was looking for her to fill a void only he could fill himself. Just then their conversation is interrupted by a voice shouting out Andrea (Andrew in Italian) Andrew turns and sees his mother who had passed away a while ago. It's then that we realise that the end is possibly near for Andrew.
Meredith tells him that she will miss him, if she goes back and he doesn't. Teddy and Owen at this time are desperately trying to save Andrew, but it's too late. We then see Andrew rushing over the sand to his mother, free and happy, while Meredith says goodbye to him with a sad smile. Teddy and Owen are both too distraught to call the time of death, which finally the new doctor, Dr Khan, has to do.
'This death was unnecessary'
Here's what fans had to say about the death of Andrew DeLuca.
"This is me. @GreysABC @shondarhimesI hate you guys for this. This death was unnecessary. I hate you guys for this. This death was unnecessary," wrote a fan. "This is out of hand. No more uncalled for deaths. We need sunshine and rainbows," wrote another. A sad fan expressed, "I’m done!!! Too many characters have died on both shows... too much death already in the world don’t need to see it every freaking Thursday on this and @Station19 @KristaVernoff @S19Writers."
This is me. @GreysABC @shondarhimes I hate you guys for this. This death was unnecessary.— Tallica Lynn (@Tallicagurl) March 12, 2021
This is out of hand. No more uncalled for deaths. We need sunshine and rainbows— Amanda (@boymom72519) March 12, 2021
I’m done!!! Too many characters have died on both shows... too much death already in the world don’t need to see it every freaking Thursday on this and @Station19 @KristaVernoff @S19Writers— C L D (@cld1012) March 12, 2021
The only consolation fans had was that Meredith was still at the beach and hasn't gone yet.
‘Grey's Anatomy’ Season 17 premiered on Thursday, March 11 on ABC.