Here’s What You Can Expect When Thatcher Returns to Grey’s Anatomy

Thatcher Returns to Grey’s Anatomy
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Everything we know about Thatcher Grey's return for Grey's Anatomy season 15.

Thatcher Grey Is Returning to Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy season 15 is back and we're getting ready for a world of new drama-filled storylines. From the two love triangles to the craziness surrounding Catherine's (Debbie Allen) cancer, we're not sure how much more our hearts can take.

So how about Thatcher Grey's (Jeff Perry) return to Grey's Anatomy?

Prior to the start of season 15, ABC revealed that Perry would reprise his role as Meredith's (Ellen Pompeo) estranged father, a character we haven't seen or heard of since Lexie's (Chyler Leigh) death back in season 8.

What can we expect from Thatcher in season 15? Here's what we know so far. But beware. We're not sure you want to find out.

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Thatcher Grey Is Sick

In case you missed it in the first half of season 15, Richard (James Pickens Jr.) told Meredith that her father was sick and it certainly didn't look good.

But does this mean Thatcher is nearing the end of his life? How will Meredith handle the situation? We get a glimpse of what's to come in the midseason trailer.

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Grey's Anatomy Season 15 Trailer

After the Grey's Anatomy midseason premiere, ABC aired the trailer for "Help, I'm Alive." However, it seemed to have aired a few more clips teasing what's to come throughout the second half of season 15.

In the clip, we get our first glimpse of Thatcher Grey. He is weakened and clearly affected by his illness.

"Meredith," Thatcher says as Mer walks into the room, her facial expression stone cold. "There's so much to say."

There's clearly a ton left to unpack.

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When Will Thatcher Come Back?

ABC recently released information in regards to Thatcher's episode, which will premiere on Thursday, Jan. 31.

As explained in the official synopsis for the episode, titled "The Winner Takes It All," Meredith will visit her father before his time is up.

This description certainly makes it seem like we will see the last of Thatcher Grey in season 15.

To make matters worse, in an interview with TVLine, Pompeo revealed that Thatcher's return is a "sad episode". However, both Meredith and Thatcher get some closure in their relationship.

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