|Grey's Anatomy Seasons|
The eighteenth season of Grey's Anatomy was announced on May 10, 2021. It will air on Thursday nights at 9/8c starting September 30, 2021. As of now, the season has not been designated as the final season of the series. Krista Vernoff will continue to serve as showrunner on both Grey's Anatomy and Station 19.
- Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey (3/3)
- Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey (3/3)
- James Pickens, Jr. as Dr. Richard Webber (3/3)
- Kevin McKidd as Dr. Owen Hunt (3/3)
- Caterina Scorsone as Dr. Amelia Shepherd (3/3)
- Camilla Luddington as Dr. Jo Wilson (3/3)
- Kelly McCreary as Dr. Maggie Pierce (1/3)
- Kim Raver as Dr. Teddy Altman (3/3)
- Jake Borelli as Dr. Levi Schmitt (3/3)
- Chris Carmack as Dr. Atticus Lincoln (3/3)
- Richard Flood as Dr. Cormac Hayes (3/3)
- Anthony Hill as Dr. Winston Ndugu (3/3)
- Scott Speedman as Dr. Nick Marsh (2/3)
Special Guest Stars
Recurring Guest Stars
- Kate Burton as Dr. Ellis Grey (1/3)
- Jaicy Elliot as Dr. Taryn Helm (3/3)
- Alex Landi as Dr. Nico Kim (1/3)
- Debra Mooney as Evelyn Hunt (1/3)
- Lynn Chen as Dr. Michelle Lin (2/3)
- Melissa DuPrey as Dr. Sara Ortiz (3/3)
- Alexis Raich as Tara Brown (1/3)
- Abigail Spencer as Dr. Megan Hunt (2/3)
- Peter Gallagher as Dr. David Hamilton (2/3)
- Johnny Rey Diaz as Noah Young (2/3)
- E.R. Fightmaster as Dr. Kai Barley (2/3)
- Robert I. Mesa as Dr. James Chee (2/3)
- Chantal Maurice as Rashida Flowers (2/3)
- Jason George as Dr. Ben Warren (1/3)
- Meryl Hathaway as Tovah Freedman (1/3)
- Aniela Gumbs as Zola Grey Shepherd (1/3)
- Stefania Spampinato as Dr. Carina DeLuca
Prominent Guest Stars
- Norm Nixon, Jr. as Nurse James (1/3)
- Bardia Seiri as Farouk Shami (1/3)
- Avalon Gray & Colette Gray as Leo Hunt (2/3)
- River Davidson as Allison Hunt (2/3)
- Ryden Murphy & Ryker Murphy as Scout Derek Shepherd Lincoln (2/3)
- Annabelle King as Luna Ashton (2/3)
- Antonio Roccucci as Brad DiMarco (1/3)
- Sylvia Kwan as Dr. Mabel Tseng (2/3)
- Zaiver Sinnett as Dr. Zander Perez (2/3)
- Frances Nichols as Karen (1/3)
- Martin Mullen as Paramedic (1/3)
- Juliette Myers as Paramedic (1/3)
- Brody Goodstadt & Ryder Nolan Goodstadt as Derek Bailey Shepherd (1/3)
Notes and Trivia
- The series was officially renewed for season eighteen on May 10, 2021.
- All three remaining originals - Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, and James Pickens, Jr. - signed new contracts for the season as their contracts expired at the end of season seventeen. Jesse Williams' contract also expired but he opted to leave the series near the end of the previous season. As such, it will be the first season since season six not to feature Dr. Jackson Avery.
- Filming for the season started on August 11, 2021.
- The promotional poster for the season includes Miranda Bailey and Richard Webber. The last time the poster featured other characters besides Meredith Grey was season fourteen, which featured all remaining originals at the time.
- T.R. Knight has been shadowing directors this season.
Easter Egg Hunt
Ellen Pompeo had the idea to sprinkle Easter eggs referencing back to the history of the show throughout the episodes of the season. The following section bundles all the Easter eggs sorted by episode.
18.01 - Here Comes the Sun
- The close-up of Meredith's face when she awakens from her dream is reminiscent of the close-up shown in A Hard Day's Night when she wakes up on the living room floor after her one-night stand with Derek.
- The white striped shirt and beige pants she wears throughout the episode is very similar to her outfit worn on her first day at Seattle Grace.
- David tells Meredith she is the spitting image of her mother. Richard told her the exact same thing in the first episode.
- Meredith tells Nick she is not sleeping with him, which she also told Derek in The First Cut Is the Deepest.
- The room in the background of Ellis's appearance in Meredith's dream is where she first appeared in the pilot, Roseridge Home for Extended Care.
- The Minnesota Mayo Clinic was previously featured in early season 9 when Cristina worked there. The location fits with previous statements that Ellis Grey worked there (as well as Nick Marsh).
18.02 - Some Kind of Tomorrow
|No. in series||No. in season||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|381||1||"Here Comes the Sun"||Debbie Allen||Meg Marinis||September 30, 2021|
|As the city of Seattle revels at the Phoenix Fair celebrating the city's rebirth post-COVID, the Grey Sloan doctors treat a patient who encounters illegal fireworks. Meanwhile, Bailey has her sights set on hiring new doctors, but she's having trouble finding viable options. Owen and Teddy attempt to take the next step in their engagement, and Meredith has a surprising opportunity when she meets a dynamic doctor from her mother's past.|
|382||2||"Some Kind of Tomorrow"||Kevin McKidd||Felicia Pride||October 7, 2021|
|Meredith seeks advice from Amelia. Meanwhile, Richard is reenergized as he takes teaching to a new level at the hospital, and Winston treats a patient suffering from kidney failure.|
|383||3||"Hotter Than Hell"||Chandra Wilson||Jamie Denbo||October 14, 2021|
|Seattle's favorite redhead returns and graces the Grey Sloan halls with her experience and expertise as she attempts to help Richard teach the newest crop of residents. Meanwhile, Meredith has a decision to make, and Link confides in Teddy.|
|384||4||"With a Little Help From My Friends"||October 21, 2021|
|Richard recruits Meredith and Bailey to help him launch a new program. Meanwhile, Addison's patient has complications from a procedure, and Jo helps a woman who goes into premature labor.|
|385||5||"Bottle Up and Explode!"||November 11, 2021|
|386||6||"Everyday Is a Holiday (With You)"||November 18, 2021|
|387||7||"18.07"||November 25, 2021|
- With the news that Greg Germann was leaving the series as a series regular in the season seventeen episode Tradition, it was also announced that he was expected to return in guest star capacity.