I Spy With My Little Eye . . . Several More Grey's Anatomy Characters Returning in Season 17

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If there’s anything Grey’s Anatomy has taught us with the beginning of season 17, it’s that we can never say they don’t have any more tricks up their sleeve. From the deft handling of COVID-19 to the surprise appearance of Patrick Dempsey’s late Derek Shepherd, the season hasn’t paused to catch its breath. And by the looks of the preview for upcoming episodes, that’s not going to stop anytime soon!

Meredith has COVID-19, and while the doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital work to save her life, she’s dreaming of her late husband and emotional beachside reunions. Derek hasn’t said much to his wife other than to tease her, tell her that he loves her, and try to make her understand that they won’t be able to reunite yet. “When you’re ready, I’ll be right here,” he tells her, hinting that while Meredith may be sick for now, it isn’t quite her time to join him in the afterlife. But that doesn’t mean Meredith won’t be making the most of her time in “limbo.” It looks like several episodes will introduce more returning characters from Meredith’s past that will provide her with some sort of joy or wisdom as the final episode of Dempsey’s return draws near.

But, as a few Grey’s fans have found, there seems to be a handful of actors that might be making their reappearance, according to IMDb. We can’t say for sure if any of them will actually make a return or just be mentioned in passing, but if they do show up, we have some ideas on how and why it might all go down. In an interview with Deadline, showrunner Krista Vernoff mentioned how as “people sit in Meredith’s room and talk, they appear to her on the beach,” which opens up the window to how characters can appear!

While it’s unlikely that Meredith will die this season, it does seem like the show is stacking a star-studded guest list for her last hurrah. Keep reading for our ideas on who will return for season 17!

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