With Half the Cast of Grey’s Anatomy Gone Next Season, Who’s Doing Their Jobs? – POPSUGAR

Grey's Anatomy
end of the season 15 finale of Grey's Anatomy, quite a bit had changed at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. "Jump Into the Fog" sees Meredith, Alex, and Richard fired, Jo checking into an inpatient treatment program for her depression, and Teddy presumably going on maternity leave. And while we'd like to hope everything will turn out OK, it's concerning that Andrew DeLuca is still in jail and that Jackson Avery appears to be missing entirely. What is the show going to do without its chiefs of general surgery and pediatrics? Who's going to fill in as chief of trauma while Teddy is on leave? Who will run the residency program now that Richard's gone? And please tell me we aren't going to need a new chief of plastics! All these job openings at Grey Sloan leave a lot of room to shake up the cast and see a few of them in new roles. Some of the newly vacated positions may be able to be filled internally — Owen is the obvious choice to fill in as chief of trauma, for example, assuming he's not taking paternity leave alongside Teddy — but many of them don't have an obvious candidate ....

One person who might be ready for a promotion now could be Tom Koracick, who will be joining the cast as a series regular next year. While it's unlikely that the neurosurgeon would suddenly pivot to a new specialty, he could be an excellent person to run the residency program now that Richard's gone. It would be fascinating to see Koracick move into Richard's mentoring role with the interns and residents, and it would give him something to do once he's inevitably dumped by Teddy. Otherwise, Chief Bailey may need to search outside the hospital to fill all the holes in her staff, which could open a lot of interesting doors of possibility. In a perfect world, she convinces April Kepner to return as the temporary chief of trauma while Teddy is on leave, and Owen steps into Meredith's role as chief of general surgery. Remember, although April is no longer practicing medicine, she's still local and may be able to be wooed back for a three-month gig (that, if the show loves me, would eventually become permanent) — especially since Sarah Drew's Cagney and Lacey pilot wasn't picked up after all. Another option could be that she offers ....

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