‘Grey’s Anatomy’ midseason premiere blindsides viewers with an unexpected death

Throughout a plotline on Thursday’s two-hour crossover episode with “Station 19,” Dr. Andrew DeLuca, played by Giacomo Gianniotti, tried to pursue a sex trafficker and was stabbed. Deluca, a character on the program because 2015, passed away on the operating room after biding farewell to Meredith Grey, who is experiencing Covid-19.

In a dream series on the very same beach Grey (Ellen Pompeo) has actually been on throughout her dream series while ill, DeLuca informs her: “No matter what happens, I want you to know that I never felt seen the way you saw me. I never felt inspired the way you inspired me. You made me want to be not just my best self, but better. And yeah, I felt small around you sometimes. I felt insecure. I wanted something from you that I needed to give to myself. But here, now, on this beach with you, I get it. I don’t just get it, I feel it. I get who I am. I know my own soul, my strength.”

Meredith responded, “I’ll miss you. If I go back and you don’t, I’ll miss you.”

“You’ll be okay, Meredith,” he reacted. “I have to go.”

Fans required to Twitter to reveal their shock and anger over the loss of the precious character, with one composing that she’s “never gonna be ok.”

Following the episode, Gianniotti tweeted about his experience on the series.

“So much I could say… but all that comes to mind is thank you,” he composed. “Thank you to all the fans who loved Deluca as much as I did. Telling his story was and will be one of the great honors of my life. Thank you.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.