Grey's Anatomy on TV2

8:30pm Tuesday, July 13 on TV2

In the first heart-pounding episode of a two-part Grey’s Anatomy finale, the Seattle Grace doctors are faced with a terrifying day at work.

The penultimate episode starts with a bang, as the hospital is hit with a crisis more perilous than any other in its history. With a deadly threat on the loose, the facility is forced into lock-down as other emergency services rush to their aid. Isolated from their colleagues, and unable to leave their own departments, the surgeons must battle to save the lives of their patients – and each other.

As the crisis unfolds, and the death toll rises, the threat is soon revealed to have a very personal resonance for one of the doctors in the building. With danger mounting, a truly shocking conclusion changes Meredith’s (Ellen Pompeo) life forever.

Grey’s Anatomy’s creator and writer Shonda Rhimes had planned the chilling finale from the start of this season, but, as she tells Entertainment Weekly, she almost had a change of heart when it came to writing the script.

“I was very nervous because I felt like what was coming wasn’t territory that we’d ever covered before, and I didn’t know how the audience was going to take it,” she says.

However, Rhimes reveals the events that unfold over the final two episodes will have a profound effect on the characters.

“When you face a situation like this – when everyone you know has faced life or death – it’s an incredibly traumatic event. Everything you knew, felt, and required of the characters in terms of what their stories have been, or what you believed about them, no longer exists.”

Rhimes says the aftershocks will continue to be felt in next year’s series.

“Part of what’s interesting about next season is that we can start anywhere – in any emotional state – and almost anything can happen because we just came out of this. It’s not like tomorrow they come back being the exact same characters. They’re all sort of fundamentally changed.”

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Grey’s Anatomy will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘ondemand’ button.

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