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'Grey's Anatomy' Season 17 Episode 9: Will Teddy Altman die after Andrew DeLuca? Here's what her hallucinations mean

What is behind Teddy's hallucinations? Owen has only seen this kind of behaviour in soldiers
UPDATED MAR 19, 2021
Kim Raver stars as Dr Teddy Altman on 'Greys Anatomy' (greysabc/Instagram)
Kim Raver stars as Dr Teddy Altman on 'Greys Anatomy' (greysabc/Instagram)

Dr Teddy Altman's personal life has taken several twists and turns over Season 17. In Episode 7, we saw both Tom Koracick (Greg Germann) and Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) turn their backs on Teddy, for the emotional pain she had put them through. There seemed to be a flicker of hope for Teddy and Owen reconciling, when they worked as a team to save Andrew DeLuca's (Giacomo Gianniotti) life.

However, losing DeLuca has now caused Teddy to spiral into a breakdown of sorts. We see Teddy in the latest episode at DeLuca's memorial simply sitting on the sidewalk with a glazed expression. Owen finally goes to ask her what is wrong and gets no response. He then picks her up in his arms to take her home.

Whether it is the guilt over her failed relationships or the guilt over not being able to save Andrew DeLuca, one thing is clear, the emotional rollercoaster Teddy has been on has started to take its toll.


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Kim Raver stars as Dr Teddy Altman on 'Grey's Anatomy' (greysabc/Instagram)

In the upcoming trailer for Episode 9 of 'Grey's Anatomy', we see Teddy hallucinating and talking to Andrew DeLuca, asking him what if it's not too late. We also see her hallucinating that Meredith is sitting up in bed reading a book looking like she is on the mend. The hallucinations have led to plenty of theories.

One fan tweeted, "Wait.. Teddy is hallucinating. Didn’t other people “dying” hallucinate also?? #GreysAnatomy" Others felt like they've seen this on 'Grey's Anatomy' before. "sorry but are they doing half dead teddy walking around the empty hospital i think we already experienced that storyline with meredith’s drowning episodes...." Others are wondering what's behind Teddy telling Andrew, what if it's not too late. One fan tweeted, "(the trailer) “it’s not too late” teddy to deluca DON’T TEASE US LIKE THAT #greysanatomy." Another asks in a tweet, "Well, will he wake up or is it just Teddy's hallucination? #greysanatomy"





So what is in fact behind Teddy's hallucinations? We hear Owen Hunt saying in the trailer for Episode 9 that he's seen this look only in soldiers before. He ominously says many of them never come back. Is Teddy suffering some kind of PTSD? Or is it something more life-threatening and serious that's behind her behavior?

You can catch the trailer of  Season 17 Episode 9 of 'Grey's Anatomy' below. 


New episodes of Season 17 of 'Grey's Anatomy' air on Thursdays at 9|8c on ABC.