So when sequence creator Shonda Rhimes informed solid member and producer Debbie Allen that she ought to direct Thursday evening’s Very Particular Episode, Allen realized the stakes had been excessive.
“Oh, no stress, no stress!” says Allen, who’s directed greater than a dozen “Gray’s” installments, in addition to episodes of reveals like “Empire” and “Jane the Virgin.” She says there wasn’t room for jitters, and even for wistful considering.
‘I name this episode our Hubble Telescope, the place you may look into the previous and the longer term on the similar time.’
“I wasn’t nervous. There’s no time to be emotional once you’re directing and guiding a ship that has 250 folks on it,” says Allen, who performs Dr. Catherine Avery on the present.
As an alternative she embraced the 300th episode as “an actual benchmark within the legacy” of Rhimes, whose sequence is in its 14th season.
“As a lady director and producer to be in a subject presently when girls have such a robust voice, it felt good,” she says.
The episode will supply “a wink” to medical doctors previous, she says, when a curler coaster accident sends younger victims to Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital. A teaser after final week’s episode confirmed two sufferers who bear a placing resemblance to Dr. George O’Malley (performed by T.R. Knight, who was killed off in 2009) and Cristina Yang, portrayed by Sandra Oh, who left “Gray’s” in 2014.
“Doppelgängers are a giant a part of the story,” Allen says. “I name this episode our Hubble Telescope, the place you may look into the previous and the longer term on the similar time.” Nonetheless, nostalgic viewers shouldn’t count on the return of, say, fan fave Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), who perished in a automobile crash in Season 11. “Derek died, so he can’t come again,” Allen says. “However we consider him. We consider him.”
And Derek’s widow, Dr. Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo), is impacted by the episode’s flip of occasions.
“Properly, it’s all the time about Meredith, isn’t it?” Allen says. “On the finish of the day, what occurs to Meredith is of essentially the most curiosity to the followers.”
The 300th episode was additionally a time for the solid and crew to embrace the present’s previous with a celebration final Saturday in LA. “There was numerous laughter, numerous reminiscing,” Allen says. “We put up footage from the primary episode till now and it was like being in a museum. It was like a household reunion.”
Allen mentions “a really dramatic ending” however stops wanting specifics. “I’d get in bother,” she says, noting that Rhimes’ manufacturing firm, Shondaland, makes use of a curler coaster as its brand. “I don’t need to be beneath that curler coaster; I need to keep on it.”
After gentle prodding, she teases a “actual huge” shock for followers.
“It includes anyone that everyone’s gonna love,” she says. “The very, final scene takes place in a spot that we haven’t been to in a very long time, and I believe they’ll like seeing that.”
Finally, although, Allen’s expectations for followers are easy.
“I believe they’re gonna take away that they need ‘Gray’s Anatomy’ to go on one other 10 years,” she says.
“Gray’s Anatomy” 300th episode eight p.m. Thursday on ABC