Grey’s Anatomy season 19: next episode, cast and everything we know

Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey in formal wear in the Grey's Anatomy season 19 season finale
Ellen Pompeo, Grey's Anatomy (Image credit: ABC/Raymond Liu)

Grey’s Anatomy season 19 is in full effect and has been completely revamped. Not only are there a slew of new interns walking the halls of Grey Sloan Memorial, but the season marks the departure of the last original intern from the series. We're talking of course about Ellen Pompeo's Meredith Grey

As the series continues to pivot with Meredith's transition off the Grey’s canvas, longtime fans are eagerly waiting to see what becomes of the fictional hospital world in Seattle. 

Here’s everything we know about Grey’s Anatomy season 19.  

When is the next Grey's Anatomy season 19 episode?

Grey's Anatomy is back with the last episode of the season.  Loyal fans should be excited to welcome back Meredith and Maggie. 

The season 19 finale titled "Wedding Bell Blues/Happily Ever After" airs on Thursday, May 18, at 9 pm ET/PT on ABC. Here is a synopsis of what's to come: 

"Simone’s wedding day arrives as Jo and Link’s relationship hits a major turning point. Meanwhile, the attending surgeons fly to Boston, forcing a reunion between Nick and Meredith. Bailey gets a big surprise."

Watch Grey's Anatomy season 19 in the UK 

UK fans of Grey's Anatomy can watch the latest episodes from season 19 on Disney Plus. The streaming service began debuting new episodes on October 26, with new episodes debuting weekly. 

Who's in the Grey’s Anatomy season 19 cast?

Chandra Wilson smiling in a green shirt in Grey's Anatomy season 19

Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy season 19 (Image credit: ABC/Raymond Liu)

Let's get the most shocking casting news out of the way first. Season 19 marks Ellen Pompeo's last as a full-time cast member playing Meredith Grey. While her big goodbye occurred in season 19 episode 7 titled "I'll Follow the Sun," she'll be back for the season 19 finale. 

  • Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey
  • James Pickens Jr. as Dr. Richard Webber
  • Kevin McKidd as Dr. Owen Hunt
  • Kim Raver as Dr. Teddy Altman
  • Camilla Luddington as Dr. Jo Wilson
  • Caterina Scorsone as Dr. Amelia Shepherd
  • Kelly McCreary as Dr. Maggie Pierce
  • Chris Carmack as Dr. Atticus Lincoln
  • Jake Borelli as Dr. Levi Schmitt
  • Anthony Hill as Dr. Winston Ndugu

On another note, Scott Speedman, who portrayed Meredith's love interest, Dr. Nick Marsh has been reduced to recurring status. 

Longtime fans were also happy to see celebrate that Kate Walsh returning as Dr. Addison Montgomery, tapped for a recurring role on the season.

There are also five first-year surgical residents at Grey Sloan as interns in season 19. Alexis Floyd (Inventing Anna), Niko Terho (The Thing About Harry), Midori Francis (Good Boys), Adelaide Kane (Once Upon a Time) and Harry Shum Jr. (Glee) have all been cast as newbies at the hospital. 

Take a look at the video ABC recently released introducing the new interns. 

Grey’s Anatomy season 19 plot 

Alexis Floyd in Grey's Anatomy

Alexis Floyd in Grey's Anatomy season 19 (Image credit: ABC/Liliane Lathan)

It wouldn’t be a Shonda Rhimes show if there wasn’t a heavy veil of mystery as it pertains to storylines and plots. So naturally, at this point, we don’t have a lot to report on what viewers can expect in the new season. 

However, if we again reference the season 18 finale, Grey’s Anatomy fans should expect to see Meredith trying to figure out how to serve in her new role as interim chief of surgery. Although, with news of Pompeo's reduced role in season 19, it seems likely she won't be at the helm of the hospital for long. 

Additionally, not only did Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) and Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) walk away from their jobs, but the residency program has been shut down and Teddy (Kim Raver) and Owen (Kevin McKidd) are on the run from the police. To say Grey Sloan is short-staffed would be an understatement.

Other notable events from the finale that have set up interesting storylines heading into the season 19 premiere include the blossoming romance between Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone) and Kai Bartley (E.R. Fightmaster) and the rollercoaster entanglement of Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington) and Atticus Lincoln (Chris Carmack). 

Check out our season 19 predictions for the show.

Will there be a Grey's Anatomy season 20?

It looks like the show will go on at Grey Sloan Memorial. The series has been renewed for season 20.

How to watch Grey’s Anatomy season 19 

Grey’s Anatomy is an ABC original series and as such, episodes air live directly on the broadcast network. For those that have cut ties with traditional cable/satellite television, ABC is available to stream on live TV streaming services such as Fubo TV, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV.  

Prefer to watch content on your own time? No problem, as Hulu streams new episodes the day after they air. You can purchase a Hulu subscription in just a few clicks. 

UK fans can watch the latest episodes of the season exclusively on Disney Plus. 

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