Grey’s Anatomy is gearing up to take on the coronavirus pandemic.
There’s no denying that life often imitates art, and that statement will prove all the more true when Grey’s Anatomy tackles the current coronavirus pandemic in an upcoming episode of season 17.
According to Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Krista Vernoff revealed that the long-running medical drama would, in fact, be featuring a COVID-19 storyline this coming season while appearing on a panel hosted by the Television Academy.
“There’s no way to be a long-running medical show and not do the medical story of our lifetimes,” said Vernoff during the Quaranstreaming: Comfort TV That Keeps Us Going panel.
Specifically, it seems as though the episode will be centered around showcasing just how taxing working through the pandemic has been for our real life medical and healthcare workers on the frontlines.
While continuing to speak on how Grey’s Anatomy plans to take on a coronavirus centric storyline, Vernoff also revealed that the crew has been talking with real life doctors who’ve been sharing their stories of being on the front lines.
“They are literally shaking and trying not to cry, they’re pale, and they’re talking about it as a war— a war they were not trained for,” said Vernoff with regards to some of the stories they’ve heard from medical professionals.
Of course, as fans of the show know all too well, there is actually a doctor on staff at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital that’s all too familiar with war, and that’s none other than Owen Hunt.
“He’s actually trained for this in a way that most of the other doctors aren’t,” continued Vernoff in regards to the character of Owen. “I feel like our show has an opportunity and a responsibility to tell some of those stories.”
Like most other series, Grey’s Anatomy is currently not filming due to the current pandemic, so there’s currently no word on when we can expect the COVID-19 episodes to air.