Hospital Drama: [Spoiler] Is Totally Going to Die on Grey’s Anatomy — Here’s How We Know
Several lives are on the line, but only one seems like a real goner to us.
For weeks, Grey’s Anatomy viewers have feared that series lead Meredith might not survive her battle with the disease currently ravaging both the real world and the fictional one in which she resides. Logically, we know that she isn’t likely to die, what with her being the star of the show and all. (Then again, we thought the same of Knots Landing‘s Sid Fairgate, and… well, that didn’t work out so well.)
But over the past 17 seasons, Grey’s Anatomy has generally played by the rules of good soap opera. From love triangles to divorce dramas, custody battles and even the occasional return from the dead, the primetime sudser has pulled out all the stops in an effort to keep viewers coming back for more. And because we know how shows like this work, we’re here to tell you that while Meredith is about as likely to kick the bucket as KFC is to go vegan, someone in the Grey Sloan universe is a goner.
‘Cause that’s just the rules of the soap-opera game.
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Two weeks ago, General Hospital reminded us that in order for a big event to have any dramatic resonance, it must have consequences. When they blew up the Floating Rib, it wasn’t just so we could worry for a day or two about Port Charles residents who would all emerge soot-covered but none the worse for wear. The fallout has reverberated across the canvas in ways big and small, including the deaths of Dev and Dustin.
Likewise, Grey’s Anatomy tackling so timely a story — and even breaking out spectral visits from Derek and George to scare us into thinking Meredith might actually follow them into the proverbial light — only works if the show takes things to their natural conclusion. In the real world, people are dying and, like it or not, the same must happen on the Seattle-based drama in order to justify it incorporating the crisis into the Grey’s universe.
The most likely to lose their life? As much as it pains us, we can’t help thinking the Grim Reaper will come a-callin’ for Tom Koracick. While some might think that the acerbic doc — who slept with Teddy the night before she was to wed Owen — has earned himself some karmic payback, certainly no one would wish so final a fate upon him.
But as seen in the promo for this week’s episode, as Meredith’s condition appears to be improving, Koracick is brought to the hospital looking… well, like death just barely warmed over. Should he wind up perishing, it might feel hauntingly familiar to fans of the late-’80s drama thirtysomething, who had braced for the seemingly inevitable demise of cancer patient Nancy, only for news of her remission to be followed immediately by an accident claiming the life of Gary.
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Of course, Koracick is not the only Grey’s Anatomy character who could meet their maker. This week’s promo also reveals that Bailey’s mother will be rushed to the hospital. It was recently established that Bailey put her parents in an assisted living center, and as any follower of the news over the past few months knows, such facilities have been particularly hard hit by you-know-what.
Who do you think won’t survive the Grey’s Anatomy season? Share your thoughts in the comments, then check out the gallery below in which we relive some of the daytime deaths which we still haven’t gotten over.
<p>Evil Sheila deserved all the pain that she got after her attempt to murder daughter-in-law Steffy in cold blood resulted in her instead fatally shooting the object of her obsession, her own son. Or so we all thought until, watching through red-rimmed eyes, we discovered that surprise! He’d only died in air quotes.</p>
<p>The much-missed NBC soap may have sealed its own fate, in a way, when it had Cass Winthrop’s true love brutally murdered by the Bay City Stalker in 1996. Fans revolted, and just a few years later, the show itself was as dead as Frankie. (Read <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/soaps/news/605697/another-world-anniversary-frankie-frame-winthrop-murder-backstage-soap-opera-scandal/" target="_blank">her portrayer’s response to the twist here</a>.)</p>
<p>They say you never forget your first love. But in our case, we’ll never forget <em>Josslyn’s</em> first love, the sensitive teenager whose life was tragically abbreviated by a brain tumor. Our one consolation: that when he crossed over to the other side, he was escorted by his late grandparents, Edward and Lila.</p>
<p>We might’ve shrugged off Kiki’s demise at the hand of Ryan Chamberlain, had it not been for the horrified reaction of her mother, Ava (who’d inadvertently set her murder in motion). We liked Kiki, don’t get us wrong, especially after Hayley Erin stepped in. But it was Ava’s demonstration of her loss that really made us feel one of our own.</p>
<p>Proof positive that no good deed goes unpunished: Justin’s missus was rushing a pregnant Sarah to the hospital when kaboom! Adrienne was involved in a terrible car accident that set the stage for not only a devastating baby swap but her own untimely demise — <em>and</em> her widower’s relationship with her lookalike!</p>
<p>Chad and his wife thought that they had a bright future ahead of them. And maybe they did. The trouble was, it was also an extremely <em>short</em> future. In 2022, viewers were horrified right along with Chad when he walked into their bedroom and discovered that someone had used Abigail’s body for a Ginsu demonstration.</p>
<p>“Take me home” took on a whole new meaning when Brady’s mom learned that she was dying of pancreatic cancer. She asked husband John to bring her back to her native Italy, then slipped away in his arms after he’d granted her final wish: for one more dance with the man that she so dearly loved.</p>
<p>A random fender bender ended the life of Devon’s true love in 2019. That he got to make her his wife once again before she passed away was cold comfort to both him and viewers, who’d been so invested in their pairing that they’d even looked the other way as they canoodled behind the back of her husband — his adoptive father, the character at No. 4 on this list!</p>
<p>Talk about going out like a hero! Despite his tainted lineage — he was the son of supervillains Faison and Obrecht! — Maxie’s husband died protecting her from his father. And just when you thought the hurt couldn’t go deeper, Maxie named their son James after the dad that he’d never get to meet.</p>
<p>Daytime never had, nor will it have, another like Jeanne Cooper, the born-to-be-an-icon who played Genoa City’s Duchess. So when she died in 2013, there was no question that the loss would be felt deeply — and for years to come. Even now, we have trouble writing about it without sighing like we’re a tire losing air.</p>
<p>It would’ve been sad enough if the living doll had died from the injuries that he sustained during crush Charity’s battle with her zombie doppelgänger, but his portrayer, Josh Ryan Evans, who suffered from a form of dwarfism, passed away on the same day as his on-screen alter ego. And no, even now, we still can’t cope.</p>
<p>The new Mrs. Ridge Forrester was looking forward to a long and happy life with… um… her ex-brother-in-law. (Hey, it’s <em>Bold & Beautiful</em>.) But leukemia had other ideas, reducing their years together to mere days. As they dwindled down, Ridge presented his bride with a collection of charms that — sniffle — represented the wonderful times together that they wouldn’t get to share.</p>
<p>As Devon sat on the stairs of his penthouse and gave in to the grief that surrounded him, so did we, for we knew that this wasn’t just the passing of a beloved character but his portrayer, Kristoff St. John, the Emmy winner whose smile had always made the soap’s set a little bit brighter.</p>
<p>“I see you… oh, Robin, I see you,” sobbed the doomed youth, previously struck blind by his condition. With that, he succumbed to AIDS in the conclusion of what would turn out to be one of the last social-issues storylines that daytime television would be brave enough to tackle.</p>
<p>Guess we can stop holding out for a hero now. In 2015, an inoperable brain tumor knocked Hope’s true love off his bike for good. At least before he slipped away, he and his Fancy Face got to repeat their wedding vows to one another one last time — and in the spot where they shared their first kiss, no less.</p>
<p>There wasn’t a dry eye in the house — or at the Forresters’ Big Bear cabin — when in 2012, the queen bee succumbed to cancer in the arms of Brooke, who’d been as much the daughter she’d never embraced as the nemesis she’d always fought.</p>
<p>“No, no, no, no,” we cried when the CBS soap had Sharon and Nick’s daughter pass away from injuries sustained when she made the mistake of trying to drive drunken crush Daniel home from a party. Neither her folks nor we ever quite recovered, which might explain why Camryn Grimes was eventually rehired to play her former character’s surprise twin, Mariah.</p>
<p>Odds are, if you’ve managed to get this far in the countdown, you’re looking at the photo above though red-rimmed eyes. How could you not be verklempt when, even all these years later, just the thought of Tony and Bobbie’s ill-fated daughter, whose heart still beats in Maxie’s chest, can evoke memories of what is arguably the most poignant moment ever on soaps? Pass the tissues. We’re right there with you.</p>
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