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Going Grey: The Lasting Power (or not) of Everyone’s Favourite Doctor Drama

Her Campus McGill Guest Writer: Keona Lau

Grey’s Anatomy season 14 picked up again last week – but is anyone still watching? And what keeps loyal viewers hanging on? Keona Lau gives us the insight of a die-hard fan. 

Grey’s Anatomy is so wild. That’s the only way I can really describe it. I started watching it a few years ago, and even though it’s not the same show it was, I can’t stop. I thought I’d never watch Grey’s Anatomy, so I let my friend spoil the first season for me – and it was incredible. I had to watch it.  

The highlights of the show were definitely in seasons 4-8 – all of my favourite characters were in the show at that time, and really, it was downhill after that. Now, in its 14th season, there are only four original characters left – including Alex Karev, one of my favourite characters. He’s so good – he seems rough and mean on the outside but he actually cares so much. In Season 10, he reconnects with his real father before he dies, at which point even more family secrets are revealed. 

My other favourite character has got to be Cristina Yang: she’s such a badass. She’s such a strong female character – which, to be honest, there are many of on the show. The characters are really what drive the show: from Bailey’s quick wit to the entire cast’s dynamic, there’s never a shortage of fascinating plot-lines and dramatic (even if sometimes melodramatic) scenes.  

You see, Gray’s Anatomy is known for being a doctor show, but it’s actually so much more than that. There’s crazy family drama, a shooting, a plane crash, ransomware hackers, love triangles, violence and all sorts of things you can’t even imagine. But really, nothing beats the finales. In fact, the season 2, 6 and 8 finales are my favourite episodes for their intense and wonderfully written plot lines.  

Also, another misconception is that McDreamy is the hottest thing to walk the halls of Seattle Grace (/Seattle Grace Mercy West/Grey Sloan Memorial). I prefer McSteamy – you can see why. 

As brilliant as the show is, it has definitely gone downhill. It’s been 15 years, so it’s no surprise that most of the cast has changed, and every plot line has been milked to the point of exhaustion. But I keep watching, because it’s just so good. It hooks you in – you can’t just stop watching it, you have to see what’s going to happen next, even if you know it’s bad.  

Of course I’m excited for the next two and a half seasons (and even the spin-off), but let’s be honest: Grey’s Anatomy is going grey.  

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Lauren is the Campus Correspondent of HC McGill, in her third year of university. She is an Anthropology major with a minor in English Literature, and is passionate about her dog, her bed and archaeology.
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