While the plot has allowed Meredith to reunite with Patrick Dempsey's Derek in dreams, the series showrunner has opened up about the decision to have the lead battle the virus.
“Last week, we felt Meredith Grey’s pain as a doctor treating an early surge of Covid patients,” Krista Vernoff told The Hollywood Reporter.
“This week, we begin to experience what it is for her to be a Covid patient herself.”
The series wanted to tackle that because “over 1,700 healthcare workers in the US have died of Covid to date,” Vernoff explains. “Many thousands more have been infected."
“Healthcare workers are on the frontlines of this crisis,” she adds, “living through a war for which they were not trained.”
Vernoff admitted that she saw an opportunity to show off the plight of frontline workers.
“We saw an