Ellen Pompeo is contracted to Grey’s Anatomy through seasons 15 and 16; however, the actress said something to TVLine that suggests there might be more shenanigans at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital beyond that in her future.
“I keep saying, ‘I’m ready to move on and I want to stop the show before the ratings go down,’ but the ratings never go down!” she tells the outlet. “They go down a little bit, but the fact that we are able to hold our title as [ABC’s number one series] is kind of [incredible]. It’s very cool to have these kind of ratings and be on a hit network show in this [Peak TV] landscape.”
Pompeo made headlines last year when she inked a $20 million deal with ABC for two more seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. Moves like that, she says, make it hard to leave. “[The] network and studio continue to incentivize me and just make me offers that I can’t refuse,” she said before adding, “I’m contracted through season 16, and beyond that…I don’t really know. I take it day by day.”
It seems the future of Grey’s Anatomy is still a mystery—even if Pompeo says she’s tempted to extend her stay. Until we know anything for sure, let’s focus on the reality: We still have the rest of season 15, plus all of season 16, to go. Here’s everything we know about that next (and possibly final) chapter.
Showrunner Shonda Rhimes doesn’t have an ending in mind. “I don’t think about it with an ending,” she told Entertainment Tonight in 2017. “There is no ending in mind anymore. I used to have all these endings planned, but we passed one of them in season three and one of them in season five and one of them in season eight, so I’ve given up.”
However, the show will end when Ellen Pompeo chooses to leave. “Ellen and I have a pact that I’m going to do the show as long as she’s going to do the show,” Rhimes told E! News. “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 [episodes], but I want to keep it feeling fresh. As long as there are fresh stories to tell and as long as we’re both excited about the stories being told, we’re in. So we’ll see where that takes us.”