"There's a moment early on when she finds herself the keeper of some secrets that Richard (James Pickens Jr.) didn't necessarily want her to know by being at an AA meeting that he didn't know she was at," Shonda says. "It draws her into the world in a deeper way than she anticipated."
(Can we all just agree that that secret is Maggie-sized? And shouldn't Amelia have alerted Richard to her presence at the meeting?)
The Grey's mastermind also tells EW that Amelia's status at the hospital is riding on whether Derek (Patrick Dempsey) will move to D.C. or stay in Seattle, teasing that "frustrating complications" will result.
We can just imagine it: "Hey, bro, I just got here. Why don't you stay awhile?" Or, conversely, "Hey, bro, get outta here. I'm the Dr. Shepherd now."
Grey's Anatomy Season 11 premieres Thursday, September 25, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.