SPOILER ALERT: The story includes a detail about tonight’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
The promo for tonight’s fourth episode of ABC’s hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy teased that “another person is returning from Meredith’s past.”
As Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) continues battling COVID-19, her dreams have led her to a beach where the love of her life, Derek (Patrick Dempsey), is waiting for her. Tonight someone else whom Meredith loved and who tragically died came back to visit her. George O’Malley (TR Knight) leaned against the railing of a lifeguard tower on the beach.
They were both surprised but happy to see each other.
Knight’s appearance is part of a beach theme during Grey’s Anatomy pandemic season 17, which is meant to please fans.
It began in the season premiere with the stunning return of Grey’s original male lead, Dempsey.
When asked about the opener, what other beloved characters from Grey’s past might come back, the show’s executive producer / showrunner Krista Vernoff said, “You have to tune in and see who gets to the beach. It will be a joyful discovery. “
Both Dempsey and Knight were original cast members of Grey’s Anatomy alongside Pompeo, whose characters were fan favorites. Knight left in season 5; Dempsey left in season 11.
Dempseys McDreamy died after being hit by a semi truck while driving up to help a family involved in a car accident. In a similar selfless act, Knights O’Malley jumped in front of a bus to rescue a woman he did not know. At the time of his retirement, Knight said he felt his character had “expired” after having less on-screen time.
Later tonight, . will be posting a Q&A with Knight and Vernoff that tells the backstory of George’s great return and answers burning questions about today’s episode. Make sure you check it out.