The Meredith Grey actress directed Season 13, Episode 18, "Be Still, My Soul," which airs Thursday, March 30. During the "Grey's" PaleyFest panel on Sunday, Pompeo teased the storyline of her episode: "I couldn't wait to make everybody cry." TVLine added, the spoiler alert that "There may be a pivotal-ish death."
To be honest, ABC already teased as much by sharing photos from the episode, which include a big extended Grey Sloan family dinner with Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary) and her mother Diane Pierce (LaTanya Richardson). The episode synopsis reads, "When Maggie's mom's health deteriorates, the doctors are at odds over how to treat her. Meanwhile, Richard comes to grips with Bailey's betrayal over the Residency Program."
It sounds like an emotional episode to direct, and the photos show many characters together at dinner, which could make things difficult on the technical side. Pompeo told the PaleyFest panel it was only the technical aspect of directing that concerned her.
"I've been doing this show for 13 seasons, so I wasn't really nervous about any of the scenes, not to sound arrogant. I was more nervous about the technical aspects... I have the best cast in the world to work with."
As TVLine reported, Pompeo also thanked her director/producer/actress mentor Debbie Allen (Catherine Avery) for pushing her to take this next step after 13 seasons. "This force of nature wouldn't take no for an answer. And I'm forever grateful to her for that spirit of generosity."
Also, just to have something to look forward to in the Season 13 finale, Debbie Allen teased, "The end of this season is hot."
"Grey's Anatomy" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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