Shonda Rhimes Explains Why Meredith And Nathan Had To Break Up
Why did Meredith and Riggs breakup in Grey's Anatomy Season 14?
Why Did Meredith And Nathan Break Up On Grey's Anatomy?
Two weeks ago on Grey's Anatomy Season 14, we lost one of our favorite New Zealander cardio Gods. Yes, Nathan Riggs (Martin Henderson) left Grey Sloan Memorial for Los Angeles and Megan Hunt (Abigail Spencer). But, after his great love arc last season with Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), we were absolutely shocked to see him go, especially after almost the same thing happened to Meredith in Season 1. So, why did showrunners Shonda Rhimes and Krista Vernoff decide to write out Nathan just when fans were coming around to the idea of Nathan and Meredith together? Why did Meredith and Nathan break up in Grey's Anatomy Season 14?
As Grey's Anatomy celebrated its 300th episode this Saturday night in Los Angeles, co-showrunner Krista Vernoff explained why the Grey's crew decided to write off Nathan Riggs, and to be honest, we're pretty damn happy that they did.
"So many things go into decisions like that,” Vernoff said. "What I can say is I was really proud of how we told that story. I was really proud that we had a love triangle [with Meredith, Nathan and Megan] where the women continuously supported each other and nobody ever tried to tear anybody down or backstab anybody. They were rooting for each other and grateful for each other and taking care of each other.”
Women rooting for other women? We're so here for it.
Shonda Rhimes also chimed in on why Meredith and Nathan had to break up on Grey's, and her response was also everything.
"Meredith is a very complex character who had the love of her life die,” Rhimes said. "“I don’t know that, for her, an epic romance is exactly what she’s looking for. I think it might come when she least expects it, but I don’t think that’s what she is looking for next. And so I kind of subscribe to the idea that a woman should be looking for something else. Mainly something for herself as opposed to basing everything on a man.”
Rhimes also shared that we have Ellen Pompeo to thank for this incredible change.
“Right now, Meredith is a medical superhero,” Rhimes said. "We came into this season and I sat down with Ellen and said, ‘What stories do you want to tell?’ And Ellen said, ‘I get so many little girls who come up to me and tell me they were inspired to become doctors and surgeons because of Meredith, and I think Meredith has become a little bit of a medical superhero. I want to see that.’ So that’s what I’m writing, and I’m loving it. I’m loving how empowered Meredith is and how brilliant Meredith is and how she’s thriving despite continued heartbreak."
We're loving it too, Shonda.
So, what's next for Meredith? Will she find a new McDreamy? Well, it looks like she's turning into her own McDreamy and we're totally onboard.
“Do I think there are other kinds of happiness in store for Meredith? I think there might be,” Vernoff said. “But I don’t think she needs them. I think she’s gotten to a place in her life where her friends and her family and her career are filling her up.”
While it's always nice to see Meredith fall in love, we're pretty pleased with the way Meredith's storyline is going and what this means for future generations of Grey's Anatomy viewers. Only freaking superheroes, right?
Grey's Anatomy Season 14 returns to ABC every Thursday at 8|7c!
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