A Guide For the New and Returning Characters in “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 19

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It’s hard to believe “Grey’s Anatomy” is now in its 19th season, but the iconic series is still chugging along after almost two decades. The long-running medical drama shook things up in a major way this season when Ellen Pompeo announced that she was scaling back her time on the show. Its winter premiere marked the end for her lead character Meredith Grey, who only starred in eight of the planned 19 episodes. However, the show still gave her a proper farewell and even left the door open for a potential return (Pompeo is still narrating episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy”).

Though Meredith isn’t physically on the show anymore, veteran “Grey’s Anatomy” character Dr. Jackson Avery (played by Jesse Williams) returned early on in season 19 to help fill the void of Pompeo’s absence. And even after all these years, the series is getting somewhat of a fresh start.

At least five new characters joined the cast in season 19 as first-year surgical residents (despite the cliffhanger from Season 18 that temporarily shut down the residency program at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital), alongside the show’s established regulars like James Pickens Jr. (Richard), Chandra Wilson (Bailey), Kevin McKidd (Owen), Kim Raver (Teddy), Camilla Luddington (Jo), and more. This marks the first time the show has introduced an entirely new main cast since its first season.

So read ahead for everything we know about the fresh faces who are walking the familiar halls of Grey Sloan!

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