Grey's Anatomy Romance Report: Lasting Joy for MerDer? Is Mark Secretly Pining for Lexie?

Shonda Rhimes was at the Television Critics Association winter press tour promoting her brand-new ABC drama, Scandal (premiering Thursday, April 5 at 10/9c), but afterward it was the prolific storyteller’s original calling card, Grey’s Anatomy, that was the hot topic. Here is what Rhimes revealed about some Seattle Grace romances, in the wake of the winter premiere.

MEREDITH & DEREK | Now that Zola has been bestowed upon the doctors-in-love by the adoption agency, “They’re going to get to be parents, and you’re going to see a lot of joy from them,” Rhimes promises. “It’s a great evolution for their characters, and it’s going to last for a while.” When TVLine noted series star Ellen Pompeo’s beatific performance at the close of last week’s episode, Rhimes concurred: “Ellen is amazing with the twins that play baby Zola, and she’s been turning in amazing performances all season. I mean, Ellen has been super-committed this season.”

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MARK & LEXIE | We shared with Rhimes our take that Mark perhaps has not really moved on from his last relationship, seeing as his new girlfriend, Julie, reads as more than a bit of a Lexie clone. “I think you might be right about that…,” Rhimes responded with a grin. “I think we’re already [establishing] that Lexie still has some feelings that she thought maybe she didn’t have, so I’m hopeful that you’re going to see something interesting happen with the two of them.”

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TEDDY & HENRY (R.I.P.) | Henry, of course, has passed on, and Teddy’s upcoming journey will take its time and not steer her toward any new romance anytime soon. “We have a story that we’re going to tell, and … I don’t know if it’s about her getting a romance. It’s about what happens when something like that happens to you, who’s to blame, and how Teddy is going to deal with that.”

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BAILEY & BEN | Despite some early season bumps, “Bailey and [Ben] are having a romance, and that’s a really good thing,” said Rhimes. “It’s nice to see Bailey happy.”