EXCLUSIVE: Two weeks after Andrew DeLuca’s death, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy She is preparing for the return of another beloved Gray Sloan Memorial doctor who tragically died, Lexie Gray. Nine years after she left the show, Chyler Leigh will return. She will appear in next week’s episode (April 1), repeating her character Lexie Gray as part of this season’s recurring dream beach motif. The reunion of Lexie and her sister Meredith is being teased in a promo, which will air at the end of tonight’s episode of the ABC medical drama. UPGRADE: You can see the promotion above.
Season 17’s beach theme is the brainchild of executive producer / showrunner Krista Vernoff, featured to bring joy amid the grim realities of the pandemic as reflected in Grey’s. Leigh’s Lexie follows Patrick Dempsey’s Derek Shepherd, who has been turning to dream sequences, and TR Knight’s George O’Malley, who appeared on a December episode. Separately, another Grey’s alum, Sarah Drew, whose character April Kepner is very much alive, will also return for a guest appearance this season.
Krista Vernoff, the showrunner of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Station 19’, talks about the shocking death and its aftermath
Leigh’s Lexie Gray is the youngest paternal half-sister of Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo). Her character was introduced at the end of season 3 when Lexie transferred to Seattle Grace Hospital as a new surgical intern after the sudden death of her mother and was made a surgical resident in season 5. Lexie’s main story involved their on-and-off relationship. . with plastics assisting Mark Sloan, played by Eric Dane. They both died in a plane crash in the season 8 finale. Seattle Grace Mercy West was later renamed Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital in their memory.
Nothing has been confirmed but as things have gone, Dane’s Mark Sloan may also pass to complete the lineup of Grey’s Longtime fan-favorite medical characters whose lives were cut short by tragedy are now meeting Meredith on the beach as she battles Covid-19.
“I would say that you are very likely to see other people on the beach,” Vernoff told Deadline earlier this month.
Leigh was in Grey’s Anatomy for six seasons, five of them as a series regular.