Grey’s Anatomy Season 20: Release date speculation, characters that won’t return, plot, filming updates and more

Grey's Anatomy Season 20: Release date speculation, characters that won't return, plot, filming updates and more
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Are you ready to follow the next chapter of this beloved medical drama series? If yes, then continue reading to find out more about
Grey’s Anatomy Season 20.

Beloved readers! You have no idea how exhilarating the twentieth season is going to be because we are certain that from the operating room of Seattle Grace Hospital to the tangled web of personal relationships, Grey’s Anatomy will continue to push boundaries and captivate audiences with its gripping storylines and unforgettable characters!

When all these elements are put together, the stakes will get higher and make this drama even more intense, which the series has been known to accomplish over the last 18 years! So it’s time to buckle up because Season 20 is about to take us on an electrifying journey filled with unexpected twists and turns that promise to be a rollercoaster ride of emotions that you won’t want to miss!

Here is everything we know so far about Grey’s Anatomy Season 20.

Grey's Anatomy Season 20: Release date speculation, characters that won't return, plot, filming updates and more

Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Release Date Speculation: Everything we know so far

There have been a lot of debates regarding the release date for the upcoming season, so for your convenience. We have compiled the timeline of all the updates that have been disclosed so far about this subject:

If you recall, initially, the show was renewed for a twentieth season on March 24, 2023, as a part of the 2023–24 fall broadcast season. But later, due to the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike, the writing for the season was put on hold, and it is now being reported that the scripts aren’t even complete, thus causing a delay in production that is speculated to last for a while until a proper resolution for the writer’s compensation is made, as the upcoming actor’s strike can also cause more uncertainties, which for the time being has received an extension to its deadline.

As a result, anything relating to the official release date is currently unknown, and it is pure conjecture that is being circulated all over social media. Right now, all we can do is hope that there is still a chance that the only update we get in the coming weeks will be that the network decides to publish the show’s revised release dates in order to avoid further confusion. There are still some positive signs that indicate the potential release window of Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 is likely to shift for next year, with new episodes premiering every Thursday at the same designated time slot of 9/8c on ABC.

Hence, we just have to wait and see what decision the creators and network will make, as all the crucial details will be provided to the fans beforehand. Cause if the strike concludes in a few weeks, then there is no doubt that the series will continue its production as before and go forward with its plan to release the new season in the fall of 2023 with the same time slot on ABC.

Grey's Anatomy Season 20: Release date speculation, characters that won't return, plot, filming updates and more

Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Filming Status

After looking at the current status of the show’s pre-production stage, it is pretty much clear to say that the filming of the series is at a complete standstill as the writing of the new scripts has been put on hold, so there is no chance that the crew will go forward with filming the episodes. As a result, this will cause a major delay in production, which usually commences around the summer season if the network wants to release the series in the fall season. 

In conclusion, if we consider all the above-stated reasons, then there is a huge chance that the show creators might stop the production from happening in the months of July or August and schedule it to begin sometime later this year so that the strike doesn’t tamper with the filming process, which needs to be conducted with utmost care for the crew and actors to capture the scenes from the best scripts that the writers put effort into creating in order to make the show a big success.

The chances of the new season’s premiere in 2023 seem bleak at the moment, and we certainly think it would be ideal for the show creators to avoid any unnecessary delays and commence the work once the ongoing dispute reaches a mutual agreement, which will be favorable if the release window is set sometime around 2024! Of course, we would also like to highlight that this is just pure speculation and that anything is possible to change in the coming weeks.

Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Plot: What to expect from the new season?

Though it is far too early to predict future storylines, the new season is likely to maintain the show’s core, which elaborates on the personal and professional lives of the doctors at Seattle’s Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital as a high-intensity medical drama where the team of doctors faces life-or-death decisions daily. They seek comfort from one another and, at times, more than just friendship. Together, they discover that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white. 

Additionally, Kim Raver, who plays Dr. Teddy Altman, recently told Entertainment Tonight, quote, “Let’s keep on going” and that “we would all love season 20.” Further stating, “There feels something very momentous about season 20.” 

Raver also said she doesn’t believe it’s time yet for Grey’s to close up shop as the season has not been designed as the final season of the series, quote, “I don’t feel that way. I just feel like there’s [something] inherently in Grey’s Anatomy and the amazing way to tell human stories and I feel like that just can keep going. We have all these new, young interns and there are so many stories to be told with them and I love them in contrast with the attendings.” Further adding, “I think its longevity can keep going because the stories are ever-evolving,” she said.

This statement kind of validates that, as of now, the season has not been designed as the final season of the series.

That’s not all! The plot of the 20th season is also expected to pick up the plotlines and character arcs right where the 19th season left off. If you streamed the previous season, then you’ll know that the final episode, “Happily Ever After?” which was directed by Debbie Allen and written by Meg Marinis, ended on a major note, where the viewers got to see Nick and Meredith open their hearts to each other. Bailey gets the recognition she deserves as Link and Jo share an affectionate moment. Later, viewers learn that Teddy’s life hangs by a thread. So, it is pretty evident that the next season will develop the story from this moment on. 

Take a look at the official teaser for the final episode to learn what transpired in the episode below:

Grey's Anatomy 19x19 "Wedding Bell Blues" / 19x20 "Happily Ever After" Promo (HD) Season Finale

Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Cast: Who will return in the upcoming season?

There are some cast members whose contracts are up, but if they are renewed, then we are certain that the following will return as series regulars for the landmark 20th season of Grey’s Anatomy, which includes Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey, James Pickens, Jr. as Dr. Richard Webber, Kevin McKidd as Dr. Owen Hunt, Caterina Scorsone as Dr. Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Dr. Jo Wilson, and Kim Raver as Dr. Teddy Altman.

The five new main characters include Harry Shum Jr., Adelaide Kane, Alexis Floyd, Niko Terho, and Midori Francis.

There can be some prominent recurring cast, including Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Montgomery, Debbie Allen as Dr. Catherine Fox, Aniela Gumbs as Zola Grey Shepherd, Jaicy Elliot as Dr. Taryn Helm, Jason George as Dr. Ben Warren, William Martinez as Trey Delgado, Calvin Seabrooks as Carlos Garcia, Stefania Spampinato as Dr. Carina DeLuca, E.R. Fightmaster as Dr. Kai Bartley, Samuel Page as Sam Sutton, and Juliet Mills as Maxine Anderson. 

Grey's Anatomy Season 20: Release date speculation, characters that won't return, plot, filming updates and more

Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Cast: Who will not return in the upcoming season?

If we consider the cast from the 19th season, then Ellen Pompeo’s Meredith Grey will be leaving the show for the next season, but she will continue to serve as an executive producer and contribute the voiceover at the beginning and end of every show, which is some great news for the fandom, despite the fact that she was one of the most beloved and known characters on the show. Moreover, Kelly McCreary (Maggie Pierce) is also leaving the show, making this the first season since season 11 not to feature this character after her departure during the previous season.

She announced the news on Instagram, quoting: “After nine seasons, I am saying goodbye to Maggie Pierce and her Grey Sloan family. It has been a tremendous honor to be a part of such a legendary television institution as Grey’s Anatomy.” “Playing Maggie Pierce has been one of the true joys of my life, and I leave with profound gratitude for every step of this journey. I am excited about this next chapter, and what the future holds.”

On the other hand, there can be some other removals from the show, which, if they ever happen, will be confirmed later. For the members of the crew, Meg Marinis will serve as the showrunner, taking over from Krista Vernoff, who left the show at the end of the nineteenth season. The show is created and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Krista Vernoff, Debbie Allen, Zoanne Clack, and Meg Marinis are executive producers. Last but not least, “Grey’s Anatomy” is produced by ABC Signature, which is a part of Disney Television Studios.

Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Episodes: Where to stream?

The next season is expected to have about 20 episodes with a runtime of 43 to 53 minutes, which are expected to air on a weekly basis. As of writing this, the official episode count for the upcoming season is subject to change due to the ongoing writer’s strike, which is speculated to be reduced to 18 episodes in order to maintain the story’s flow without leaving out major scenarios crucial to the story. We’d also like to point out that the titles and synopsis have not been released. 

These details will be revealed once the release date draws closer to avoid any early spoilers of the 20th season’s plotlines.

When released, you can watch Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 on ABC, and it will thereafter be streamed on ABC’s website and app once the episode airs on the television broadcast. The episodes are also available to watch on demand and on Hulu the day after they air. All previous seasons are currently available on FuboTV and Netflix. The series is also available for rent or purchase, depending on the viewer’s region, on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu, with a variety of membership plans. 

Catch up on the previous seasons and let us know in the comment section what you think Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 is going to be like in terms of plot.