“It’s safe to say that he’ll always be a doctor,” Entertainment Weekly reports, “but says [showrunner Shonda] Rhimes, he’ll deal with the question of ‘what kind of doctor are you when you can’t do the thing you’re greatest at any more?’”
Shonda continues, “We’re going to see him head back, but there is that question for him.” Would it be at all satisfying for McDreamy to simply be a department head? His entire identity is wrapped up in his ability to save patients’ lives with his hands. Without one of them, we worry his grumpy side will come out.
As for Meredith, EW reports that “Mere will deal in a way that’s a little surprising.” Hmm ... At this point, would anything Meredith does really surprise us?