When Grey’s Anatomy came to a close last spring/summer it was assumed by many fans that the loss of Sandra Oh who played Cristina Yang would be too much for the show and it would drop in ratings and end in 2015. Well what a surprise Season 11 was; it was well written and had fans hooked the entire 24 episodes. Well the finale of Season 11 has gone to air and all 25 episodes, one was a double, were brilliant.
The first episode; “I Must Have Lost It On The Wind.” got fair ratings and the fans liked it for the most part. Anyway; moving on to the episode. Grey’s Anatomy picked up right where it left off, which we have not seen in a Season Premiere of Grey’s Anatomy for a few seasons. The last time this happened was the Premiere of Season 6, when George and Izzie were possibly dying or dead. The loyal fans know what happened and isn’t is funny that ratings started to slide in the middle of Season 6, when Izzie left Seattle too.
While it was sad to see the very first episode without Sandra Oh, it was a hopeful episode for many fans. The dynamics of the cast is going to change for the better. Maggie Pierce has joined the cast as the new cardio surgeon and it was revealed last season that she is also a Grey. How will Richard react to having a daughter? Meredith may have no idea, but it is clear that certain memories will come flooding back, when Maggie informed her they are related.
In any case the introduction of Maggie Pierce as the new heart surgeon who fans briefly met last season is a good addition. The new cast are giving new life to this eleven year show. A lot of people gave up on Grey’s Anatomy years ago, but it has its loyal followers and they will be there till the end. It is also looking like it is going to be Meredith Grey’s year. Many fans predicted this, they even begged Shonda Rhimes to make it Season 11 all about Meredith. Fans felt that if the writer did concentrate on Meredith Grey, the leading lady of this show, it would die.
The loss of Sandra Oh as Cristina is huge and the writers seem well aware of this. Cristina was loved way more than Izzie Stevens ever was. Yet this episode did not lose as many ratings as was predicted. It is a relief to see the writers are respecting how important the character of Cristina Yang was to this show.
So, the premiere leaves us with the impression that fans should be focusing their attention on Meredith Grey for most of Season 11 and the loyal followers could not be happier about this. The big news in the premiere is that Alex Karev (another fan favourite) will have to go head to head with Dr Bailey for the seat on the board vacated by Yang. It seems pretty clear who will win this seat, Bailey of course, but is this fair?
Cristina Yang signed her $15 million dollars worth of shares over to Alex in the finale. Surely the person with shares in Grey Sloan Memorial would get a seat on the board, you would think that is a given. Looking back to Season 9, Catherine Avery bought a share of the hospital, her personal investment, she lives in Boston and runs the Harper Avery foundation.
From what we saw in the Season Finale, the cracks are starting to appear in Callie and Arizona’s marriage. They don’t seem to be on the same page, but it feels like Callie wants this baby more than Arizona does. The many fans who tune in for these two ladies might be in for some disappointment. Perhaps by Season’s end Callie and Arizona will be in two different places.
A new cast member was signed last season, this being the sister of Derek Shepherd, Amelia Shepherd. She was a much loved character on Private Practice. Amelia is a recovering drug addict, her drug of choice being Oxycodone. She has been clean for years now, but this season many fans feel something will come along to test her sobriety. Caterina Scorscene is a talented actress and plays Amelia well. The banter between Amelia and Derek is quite well acted and funny.
In finishing up this review, Derek Shepherd must get a mention. He has a big choice to make and right now he has chosen to remain in Seattle with his family, however he is not making things easy for Meredith. Meredith and Derek’s story will largely revolve around his career being more important than his family and kids.
So, if have recently given up on Grey’s Anatomy, you might want to grab the seasons you have missed and catch up. If you love Grey’s Anatomy like the loyal fans do, then you will enjoy this season. Season 11 has wrapped for the season. Shonda Rhimes outdone herself with this season of Grey’s Anatomy. It is the best season for quite a few years, perhaps very close to the quality of Season 5. Fans who have left the show will enjoy Season 11, especially those who love Meredith Grey.