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Although we know Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) both survive the plane crash from the Grey's Anatomy Season 8 finale (Season 8, Episode 24, "Flight"), that doesn’t necessarily mean that Season 9 is going to be a smooth ride.
We know that Meredith will be dealing with Lexie's (Chyler Leigh) death and Derek's (Patrick Dempsey) hand injury, and Cristina will still be dealing with her complicated relationship with Owen (Kevin McKidd). But based on some new Season 9 set photos, it looks like we can expect to see the pair outside of the hospital as well.
In the photos, Meredith and Cristina are dressed in everyday clothes, and they're engaged in appears to be a very serious conversation, or possibly argument, in front of a car. Based on their body language, it looks like Meredith is trying to stop Cristina from getting in the car.
Could Meredith be trying to convince Cristina to stay in Seattle? Although Shonda Rhimes has mentioned that this is the season for Seattle’s two fiercest residents to become attendings, that doesn’t mean that Cristina couldn’t leave and then come back — after all, she did end Season 8 planning to go to a different hospital.
Or perhaps Meredith is trying to talk Cristina down after some relationship drama with Owen? Despite this being the season of romance, Shonda has said that Owen and Cristina’s potential reconciliation isn’t going to be easy.
What do you guys think? Is Meredith trying to keep Cristina from leaving Seattle or is this more likely a smaller battle? And since when does Cristina drive a red car? We miss her motorcycle days.
Grey’s Anatomy Season 9 will premiere on Thursday, September 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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