Recently, I have re-discovered the amazing-ness of "Grey’s Anatomy", thanks to Netflix. For some reason, I am finally coming to terms with Derek Shepherd’s death. Grey’s executive producer, Shonda Rhimes has really taken her audience through what has been coined the “Shonda-Coaster” over the past few seasons. Now that Meredith is beginning to stand on her own two feet again, it is finally her time to shine on her own. So naturally, it is time to pay homage to Meredith in hope she will rise on her own, for the first time in a long time!
1. Maybe she was better off without Derek?
Der and Mer were two peas in a pod when they were together, but tragedy always struck when they were around. Whether or not it was the gunman in the hospital, almost losing Zola, or even Meredith drowning during the ferry boat accident, their relationship has not been the easiest. So maybe now that Derek is gone, Meredith can begin to find some positivity in her life.
2. Meredith and Alex finally have a chance to be together.
Since Meredith and Alex are the only two left from the original interns, it is only natural they end up together. It is destiny because Alex is on the rocks with Jo, and Meredith is finally starting to move away from her dark and twisty place.
3. Maybe "dark and twisty" doesn't seem so dark anymore.
Meredith still has reasons to be happy. She has her kids, her job, her “new” person(s) Maggie, Alex and even Amelia. Since Cristina is so far away, she has to turn to someone new to be her person. Even though we do not know who her new person is going to be, we have an idea that she is ready to move on.
4. It is still a beautiful day to save a life.
There was a hint of this during this past week’s episode. Meredith was visited by one of her first patients as an intern, and by no means was this visit easy. However, Meredith learned a lot about herself and her work — so maybe there is hope for her here.This gave her a chance to see that lives can still be saved, even though Derek is not there.
5. Life can't be too bad with tequila and dancing.
For Meredith Grey, most of her problems can be worked out with some tequila and dancing. When Yang was still around, the two would always dance it out whenever something bad or good happened to them. It was their coping mechanism, so Meredith still has this at her disposal.
6. She still has her kids to look after.
Meredith cannot dwell too much on the past because she has so much ahead of her. Zola, Derek Bailey and Ellis are going to depend on her now that she is a single mom of three. (All the more reason her and Alex should get together — he is great with kids.)
7. New job, new life?
At the beginning of season 12, Meredith was promoted to chief of general surgery. Following in her mother’s footsteps, there is no room for a relationship to get involved, so she might be better off on her own with her kids and her new job.
8. Meredith and Derek were on the rocks anyway.
There has been a clear tension rising between the two since Derek had decided to take up the job offer in Washington DC and Meredith decided to stay in Seattle with the kids. The long-distance put a strain on the two, but maybe this was meant to be.
9. How many times does she have to face death?
Meredith is one of the strongest characters on the show. She has faced death so many times I cannot even count at this point. So, this goes to show that whatever is thrown her way, she is most likely going to survive.
10. When one door shuts, another one has to open, right?
Maybe this is Shonda’s way of telling her audience that there is hope for Meredith to better herself in the upcoming episodes. Maybe Yang will come back and warm all of our hearts out of the dark-and-twisty place, or maybe this will be her chance to finally get close to Amelia.
11. Shonda is going to do what she wants to do anyway.
And you are going to keep watching. So buckle up and enjoy the ride on the “Shonda-Coaster”.