While they’ve been juggling home and work life for a few episodes now — and even ran back into the hospital to operate at the end of the 200th episode — it looks like Meredith could be driven away from surgery for good after a snafu with bestie Cristina Yang.
"She is really being challenged by people's ability to believe that she can do both," portrayer Ellen Pompeo told The Hollywood Reporter of juggling motherhood and work. "She's really taken aback by the lack of support she is getting, so it's really making her step up her game — or leave the game."
"Meredith feels betrayed, like Cristina is not supporting her. She's just judging her and saying, 'You can't be a great surgeon because you want to be a great mom,' and that's it — she's just writing her off because she thinks her focus is elsewhere," Ellen added. "I'm not sure where the writers are going, but I'm hoping they show she's either going to have to step up her game and prove them wrong or go the other way and not be a surgeon and leave the hospital, too."
Even though Ellen has been vocal about how much she loves the show and the opportunities it has given her and her family, that doesn’t mean Mer couldn’t leave. On the flip side, Patrick Dempsey noted to THR that Derek is “really in a place where he wants to see Meredith succeed, so he's willing to step back and do less and stay home and raise the kids and give her the time she needs,” so we shouldn’t lose all hope yet.
Do you think Meredith will leave surgery, or is Ellen just trying to scare us? Sound off below, and catch the next episode of Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday, October 17 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.