'Grey's Anatomy' Season 19 Episode 16: Fans speculate Cristina Yang's return to the series

'Grey's Anatomy' Season 19 Episode 16: Fans speculate Cristina Yang's return to the series
Sandra Oh played Dr Cristina Yang on 'Grey's Anatomy' and exited the show on season 10 finale (Instagram/@greysabc)

Spoilers for 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 19, Episode 16 'Gunpowder and Lead'

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: Shonda Rhimes' 'Grey's Anatomy' is in its 19th season, however, there have already been a few major alterations that followers remain struggling to accept, which include the departures of Ellen Pompeo, who plays Dr Meredith Grey, and Kelly McCreary, who plays Dr Maggie Pierce. Whereas Pompeo's departure was widely anticipated before the season began, McCreary's departure came as a surprise, a shock, but reasonable to the audience, keeping the story and reason for her exit in mind.

However, the most recent episode of the show (episode 16, titled "Gunpowder and Lead") has given fans renewed hope that they will see a familiar and one of the most beloved characters in future episodes. Dr Cristina Yang, played by Sandra Oh, is the much-loved face fans would like to see on the show once again.


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Cristina Yang's presence was felt throughout

Sandra Oh, who had played Dr Cristina Yang since the pilot episode, left the show almost ten years ago in the season ten finale after losing the Harper Avery Award due to a conflict of interest with the hospital and relocating to Switzerland to work at the Klausman Institute for Medical Research. She had been one of the essential members of the intern group that was shown in the pilot season, and Yang hasn't appeared on the show since, regardless of being brought up a few times over the years, such as when she wrote to support Meredith at her medical board hearing, in season 17 when she sent messages to Owen for an update on Meredith when she had Covid, and in season 16 when she texted Meredith that she had sent Cormac Hayes as a gift for her. (That's a bummer that they didn't work out).


Fans speculate Cristina Yang's return to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital

For years, fans have been wondering if Yang would make a return to the show, even if it was for surgery at Grey Sloan, but absolutely nothing was said until episode 16 of season 19, when Yang writes a letter to Dr Addison Montgomery, played by actress Kate Walsh, near the final scene of the episode, supplying her with PRT supplies and writing, "This should keep you in business for a while." Continue to fight. Yang”. The letter pleased not only Addison and Bailey but also fans who now know that, regardless of being the closest to Grey, Yang has managed to keep up with everyone at the hospital.

The show's ardent fans believe that this letter could lead to Cristina Yang returning to Grey Sloan, as the show is presently tackling one of the show's most significant storylines, which centers around the healthcare institution's fight for women's reproductive rights in healthcare following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. This has been shown by OB/GYNs wearing black scrubs, Bailey setting up the Elena Bailey Memorial Clinic for Reproductive Health, and Addison, via the PRT, traveling to patients in states where abortion is illegal.



Yang can be an important addition to the current plotline

Abortion is not an unusual subject for 'Grey's Anatomy,' as Cristina Yang initially intended an abortion but ended up having an ectopic pregnancy in season two, and in season seven, when Yang was pregnant with Owen Hunt's baby but was not ready to have a baby, she chose to terminate it, and Hunt tried to humiliate her for taking this step, but Yang, being Yang, stood strongly on the decision she took, and it was seen as a strong and rare decision for a television show. Fans appear to believe that if Yang joins Addison and Bailey in their battle, she will become one of the most significant storylines.


It is unknown whether Sandra Oh will return as Dr Cristina Yang, but if she does, it will have a significant impact on the people, the story, and just the fans who have been anxiously awaiting her wit and enthusiasm to do better and become the best once more on the show.

'Grey's Anatomy' airs on ABC on Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.

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