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Shonda Rhimes on how ’Grey’s Anatomy’ will end


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After 18 seasons, Grey’s Anatomy is still kicking, and while there are no signs that the ABC medical drama is ending anytime soon, creator Shonda Rhimes is teasing what that will look like when the time comes. 

Speaking with Variety, the acclaimed producer, screenwriter, and author admitted that she’s “written the end of that series, I want to say, a good eight times.”

“I was like, ‘And that will be the end!’ Or, ‘That’ll be the final thing that’s ever said or done!’ And all of those things have already happened,” she shared. “So I give up on that, you know what I mean?”

Rhimes also explained that she’s not sure she’ll know the exact details of how Grey’s Anatomy will wrap, considering that she “handed off all the reins” to its current showrunner, Krista Vernon, back in season 14. 

“Am I going to be the person who decides like what the final scene is? I don’t know!” Rhimes revealed. “If you’d ask me this question three years ago, or prior to Krista arriving, I would have said, ‘Yes, I can tell you exactly how it’s going to end. But once you hand off the ball for real, it’s just different. So I don’t know yet.”

One thing Rhimes does have control over is when Grey’s Anatomy will take its final bow, at which time she says, “I take full responsibility for that when or if everybody gets mad at me.”

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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