We already know that show creator Shonda Rhimes has written a story line that allows for the possibility that the six original castmates whose contracts are up at the end of Season 8 will not be returning. The plot line involves a handful of Grey’s doctors — including Cristina and Meredith — applying for fellowships with different hospitals around the country.
Could these scenes be part of that story? Are Derek and Zola saying farewell to Cristina and Meredith as they search for new opportunities? More importantly, does the fact that they are even shooting this scene signify these cast members’ decisions to end their run on the show?
Catch an all-new Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday, March 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.