10 Reasons Grey's Anatomy's Gonna Be A-OK, Not DOA, Without Meredith Grey

Ever since the news broke this past summer that Ellen Pompeo would only be appearing in a handful of episodes of Grey’s Anatomy this season, a segment of the audience has been planning a funeral for the long-running ABC drama. The show, these viewers argue, won’t be the show anymore, not without Meredith Grey.

But it ain’t necessarily so. When Sandra Oh’s Cristina Yang checked out of Grey Sloan all the way back in Season 10’s finale, she told her person that husband Derek Shepherd (R.I.P.) wasn’t the sun, Meredith was. And while that’s certainly true in her life and career, it isn’t remotely true of the series that shares her surname. Even Pompeo knows that. Grey’s Anatomy is “going to be just fine without me,” she told our sister site Deadline in September.

With the leading lady’s exit in Season 19’s winter premiere on Thursday, Feb. 23, the show will be down to just two remaining original cast members, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr., who play Drs. Miranda Bailey and Richard Webber, respectively. Showrunner Krista Vernoff is departing, too, at the end of the season. However, we have if not every reason to believe that Grey’s Anatomy will continue to thrive, at least 10. If you keep scrolling, we’ll reveal what they are.

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