Jesse Williams thinks ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ can’t end ‘without a fucking show’ (exclusive)

Grey’s Anatomy It won’t be over soon if Jesse Williams has something to say about it.

The actor addressed whether season 17, which has put Meredith Gray in a bind as she battles COVID and has seen the returns of Patrick Dempsey and TR Knight, could be the final chapter of the long-running ABC medical drama. Although speculation about Grey’s The latest season has been a popular topic over the years as it is approaching 400 episodes, Williams was candid when asked about his feelings around the talk that the current season could be the same.

“I don’t think so,” she recently told ET’s Katie Krause while promoting her new ad campaign for Old Spice, for which she is a spokesperson. But he added that he finally did not know. (Ellen Pompeo’s contract runs through Season 17.)

“But I think the show is too important to go out without a damn parade,” Williams said, acknowledging that launching a season with the added stressors of the pandemic does not allow for an ideal swan song. “Without us really knowing and having a real final season where these writers are so tired and depressed and in a rat race trying to get material out without all this uncertainty, that’s not the ideal scenario.”

“I think they, and all of us, deserve to have the time and space to plan how to finish,” he said. “It’s a flattering way of saying I hope not.”

Williams’ co-star Chandra Wilson who is one of the three remaining OGs Grey’s stars of the pilot (Pompeo and James Pickens Jr. are the others), also had a similar vision.

“I know from a creative point of view there have been a lot of ‘This is how the season would end’ conversations and then they all end. [not happening] for a myriad of reasons. Because the network is not ready, the studio is not ready, the fan base is not ready, the numbers are too good, all of those things, “Wilson told ET in December.” Collectively, they have decided that we are not going to do it. put an end to it. We’re just going to wait and see. “

“Especially in light of what’s going on right now, it’s like, do we want the last season to be about COVID? Or do we want us to be able to put some pretty ribbons around with rainbows and balloons and stuff like that?” She continued. “I know on the creative side the conversation comes up, but on our side, on the actor’s side, we think, look, whatever you want us to do. Whatever life you see for these characters, as actors, we are ready to bring it to life. to that. So, greater powers have those conversations than we do. “

In another part of his ET interview, Williams also teased the upcoming spring premiere, likening it to “pure madness.” “I have to say that we have found a way to have really concentrated and dense episodes towards the middle of the season with a lot of this incredible combination of loss, joy and progress in the lives of these characters. But when [we] coming back, yeah, it’s going to be pretty scary and exhilarating. “

Williams, who played Jackson Avery in Grey’s Since season 6, he admits he’s “a little nervous” about Meredith’s condition when the show returns.

“There has to be hope. As far as I can see, there is hope … In many ways we’ve all invested a lot in this and she represents both sheer terror and the very real and reasonable feeling we have of what has been washed away. about this. But also our struggle, our[-ness], ‘our preparation and it really gets into perspective, live your life now, “he said.” Form your relationships now and people will remember how you make them feel. I don’t think there is anyone in the history of television who has made people feel as much as Meredith Gray. “

Grey’s Anatomy returns March 11 on ABC. For more on Season 17, see below.

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