Grey's Anatomy Season 15: Who's In, Who's Out and Who's a Maybe
With the 15th season around the corner, here's a look at which doctors are still around the hospital after a casting shakeup. Grey's Anatomy returns Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Dr. Meredith Grey: IN
Well, what would Grey's Anatomy be without Ellen Pompeo's character Dr. Meredith Grey? In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Pompeo, who's contract is only through season 16, hinted that 2020 may be her last year on the medical drama. "I'm feeling like we're coming to the end of the stories that we've told and that we can tell," she said. "I'm really excited to do some new things, it's about time that I mix it up and I'm really excited about my producing career, and I'm definitely looking for a change." In 2017, show creator Shonda Rhimes told E! News, "Ellen and I have a pact that I'm going to do the show as long as she's going to do the show. So the show will exist as long as both of us want to do it. If she wants to stop, we're stopping. So I don't know if we'll see 600, but I want to keep it feeling fresh."
Dr. Arizona Robbins: OUT
In March 2018, news broke that Jessica Capshaw, who joined the series in season 5, would not be returning for the drama's 15th season. "For the past 10 years, I have had the rare privilege of not only playing Arizona Robbins, but also being madly in love with playing her. Arizona Robbins is kind, intelligent, funny, insightful, bold, playful, fierce and really good at her job," Capshaw tweeted in March. "She was one of the first members of the LGBTQ community to be represented in a series regular role on network television. Her impact on the world is permanent and forever. Forever," the star said of her fan-favorite character. Deadline reported that the decision for Capshaw and Sarah Drew's exits was based strictly on the show's creative direction. (Star Ellen Pompeo vigorously denied a report connecting their departures to her new $20 million salary.)
Dr. April Kepner: OUT
Along with Capshaw, Sarah Drew's departure was announced in March 2018. Drew, who joined the show in season 6 as April Kepner, addressed the news on social media, writing, "Hey guys. Thank you for all of the love. I know you're sad. I'm sad too. I haven't really had the time to process this information. I've been with it for less than 48 hours, so I'm not ready to say my thank yous and give an all encompassing statement about my 9 years here. That will come later 🙂 For now, I'd like to say: I love you, and I love April, and her story isn't over yet. ..."
Paramedic Matthew Taylor: OUT
Justin Brueing, who plays Kepner's on-again/off-again love interest, Matthew, finally whisked away a hopeless romantic Kepner in season 14. After reconnecting last season, the former lovers decided to make things official and tie the knot in the season finale. With Drew gone, so is Brueing.
Dr. Link (aka "Ortho God"): IN
Best known for his roles as Luke Ward on The O.C. and Will Lexington on Nashville, Chris Carmack is returning to ABC in his first major acting gig since the country music drama moved to CMT for its final seasons. Carmack will portray an orthopedic surgeon, nicknamed the "Ortho God."
Dr. Nico Kim: IN
A newbie to the cast, Alex Landi will portray Dr. Kim, the series' first gay male surgeon.
Dr. Megan Hunt: OUT
After surviving hostage camps oversee, Dr. Abigail Hunt, portrayed by Abigail Spencer, finally found her happily ever after with fellow surgeon Dr. Nathan Riggs (Martin Henderson). While her brother, Dr. Owen Hunt, begged her to stay put in Seattle, Megan, Nathan, and her young son packed up their bags and headed to California for a fresh start.
Dr. Nathan Riggs: OUT
Dr. Riggs, played by Martin Henderson, chose to follow the woman he loves (Dr. Megan Hunt) to California. Although Riggs and Grey had a budding romantic relationship, Riggs ultimately chose his life with Hunt in season 14.
Dr. Andrew DeLuca: IN
Could Dr. DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) be Grey's newest love interest? Accroding to the juicy season 15 trailer, it seems likely!
Dr. Miranda Bailey: IN
Dr. Bailey (Chandra Wilson) has had just about enough of her Chief duties. After suffering a major heart attack in the 14th season, Bailey began to reevaluate her position at Grey Sloan Memorial. Will she give up her title?
Dr. Ben Warren: IN
Ah, Dr. Warren! Though Warren (Jason George) left Grey Sloan to pursue his career as a firefighter, (George is currently starring in Station 19), he will continue to make appearances as Dr. Bailey's husband.
Dr. Richard Webber: IN
Dr. Webber (James Pickens Jr.) is one of the few original cast members left and doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Thank goodness!
Dr. Katherine Avery: IN
Dr. Avery (Debbie Allen), Dr. Webber's wife and Dr. Jackson Avery's mother, loves to keep us on our toes and will continue to do so throughout the 15th season.
Dr. Levi Schmitt: IN
Who can forget that brief fling Schmitt had with Jo (Camilla Luddington)?
Dr. Casey Parker: IN
Fans were introduced to Dr. Parker (Alex Blue Davis), a transgender man, in the mid-season premiere. "We worked very hard and very closely with Alex and [LGBTQ advocacy group] GLAAD on this storyline," showrunner Krista Vernoff previously told The Hollywood Reporter. "The scene in which Casey disclosed to Bailey that he was a 'proud trans man' was rewritten more times than anything else — we wanted it exactly right... We wanted the audience to get to know this character before they knew his private medical information; we wanted his disclosure to not feel like an 'A-ha!' shock but a genuine unfolding of this character's truth when he felt safe with someone."
Dr. Marsh: MAYBE
Honestly, we're just throwing it out to the universe. What we would do to see Dr. Marsh (Scott Speedman) return and sweep Grey off her feet!
Dr. Teddy Altman: IN
So, remember when Teddy (Kim Raver) left becuase Owen couldn't make up his mind on whether or not he wanted to be with her? Well, she's back ... and is pregnant with Owen's child! "It's interesting, because at the end of last year, Owen knocked on Teddy's door and sort of like professed his love for her, and she really like fell into it," Raver recently told PEOPLE. "I think for Teddy to let her guard down, and then to sort of feel like it wasn't actually happening because he was just afraid of being alone, and so she kicked him out, and now she's pregnant. So I think coming back and navigating what that's going to be is a really interesting throughline."
Dr. Amelia Sheperd: IN
Sheperd (Caterina Scorsone) survived (and recovered!) from that massive tumor in her brain last season, but, what's in store for her love life with her estranged husband, Dr. Owen Hunt? "Owen and Amelia are in basically the situation they were in at the end of last season, with more layers," Scorsone told PEOPLE last week. "And they've kind of started unpacking some things from their doomed marriage, and they've started kind of trying to figure out like, what was brain tumor, and what was us? How do we really feel? Yeah, that's where we are."
Dr. Owen Hunt: IN
Hunt (Kevin McKidd) has a lot of his plate this season ... including a new baby! "The thing is, it takes a while for him to find out [about Teddy's pregnancy]," McKidd told PEOPLE last week. "He's fully getting walked into — you can see at the end of the season last year that him and Amelia are starting to get feelings for each other. They had an unfortunate thing with her tumor and stuff, but the love for each other is still there, evidently, and they start to kind of foster these children together. So they're very much in a thing, when eventually, whenever that is, Owen finds out. We haven't played that episode yet. I am so excited to play it, because I've been playing this character for so long. I think I know how he reacts to everything. I have no clue how he's going to react to this. I think he's either going to completely freak out and have a breakdown — I just don't know. I just don't know, and that excites me."
Dr. Alex Karev: IN
I mean, Karev (Justin Chambers) cannot leave Grey's. Ever. After a rollercoaster relationship, Karev and Jo finally tied the knot in the finale last season. We're excited to see what's in store for these two lovebirds!
Dr. Jo Wilson (ehem, Dr. Jo Karev now!): IN
Dr. Wilson (Camilla Luddington) is now officially Dr. Karev! Her happy-ever-after didn't come easy though, thanks to her abusive estranged husband. Last season, Jo was overwhelmed when her then-husband, Dr. Paul Stadler (Matthew Morrison) paid a visit to her at Grey Sloan Memorial. After a sudden accident and one last attempt to threaten Jo, Stadler died (after Jo decided to pull the plug).
Dr. Paul Stadler: OUT
I mean, we love Matthew Morrison, but are so thrilled to say goodbye to Dr. Paul Stadler.
Bethanny Joy Lenz played Jenny, Jo's crazy, abusive husband's fiance.
Thatcher Grey: IN
Meredith Grey's father, Thatcher, will be guest-starring in the upcoming season.
Dr. Jackson Avery: IN
Though we're still shocked Kepner and Avery (Jesse Williams) didn't end up together, we're excited to see where his relationship with Maggie goes.
Dr. Maggie Pierce: IN
Dr. Pierce (Kelly McCreary) is everything we wish we could be. Plus, she's dating a stud (Dr. Avery). The end.