Spoiler alert! Do not proceed when you have not watched Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

Meredith Grey had an emotional reunion with certainly one of Grey’s Anatomy‘s most beloved characters.

Prior to Thursday’s episode, it was teased that “another person from Meredith’s past returns” after Patrick Dempsey’s McDreamy shocker, and the ABC medical drama wasn’t enjoying round with its newest forged shock. As Meredith’s (Ellen Pompeo) COVID-19 battle continued, she was reunited in her beachside dreamscape with George O’Malley (T.R. Knight), a Grey’s OG and certainly one of Meredith’s closest confidantes who died 11 seasons in the past.  

As Meredith lay unconscious at Grey Sloan, she was transported as soon as once more to her COVID dream, the place she noticed a determine leaning over the facet of the lifeguard’s station on the seashore. “Excuse me!” she yells towards the shadowed determine.

As the digicam pans nearer, it turns into clear it is George. 

“Mer?” George asks, barely confused. “What are you doing here?”

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Meredith and George decide up proper the place they left off, as if no time had handed between them. “Derek said the sand isn’t real,” Meredith says, not believing it to be true.

“Yeah, nope…,” George confirms. “It is nice though. I wouldn’t want to leave either.” The two buddies make amends for all that is occurred since his untimely dying, most notably Meredith’s three children. 

“You didn’t meet them,” she mentions, prompting George to answer, “I check in sometimes….” Excuse us, that is simply our hearts breaking right into a billion little items.

After a beat, Meredith asks the proverbial query in regards to the afterlife: “Do I choose? Do I get to decide?”

“I don’t know. I didn’t,” George solutions honestly, referencing the brutal accident that left him unrecognizable. “I would’ve stayed if I could’ve. Different for everyone though.”

In a cathartic dialog between the pair as they stroll facet by facet close to the water, Meredith and George focus on grief and the way totally different individuals deal with loss. They additionally discuss George’s funeral, which noticed the surviving class of interns laughing and smiling in an try and have a good time the life he led.

“I was devastated when you died,” Meredith recollects.

“You were cracking up at my funeral!” George brings up, later including, “That made me happy.”

“I was devastated and then I was OK. Even with Derek, eventually, you go on. And the kids would go on,” Meredith says.

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Later, George asks Meredith if she nonetheless “dances it out,” a favourite previous time of Meredith and her “person,” Cristina, after they’re feeling confused or down: Do you still dance it out?”

“No, not so much anymore,” Meredith replies, citing Cristina’s absence as the first purpose why. 

“She didn’t die,” George reminds her. “It’s what I miss about being alive. Dancing… laughing ’til you cry, food… the crunch of cereal when you eat it out of the box… the feel of clean sheets at the end of a long day.”

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Moments later, Webber (James Pickens Jr.) seems alongside George and Meredith beachside, as Meredith goes out and in of her comatose state. “If you stay here, it might break him,” George tells Meredith.

“I was so mad at you for choosing someone over yourself,” Meredith tells George of his premature dying, when he jumped in entrance of a bus to avoid wasting a lady’s life. “Do you regret it?”

“Does it matter? You would’ve done the same thing,” he says to his good friend.

“You went all in for everybody… Think that didn’t somehow affect me? You changed my life, George.”

The episode ends with Meredith, George, Webber and Bailey (Chandra Wilson) sitting collectively on the rocks, as a time machine had transported again in time.

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Knight performed George for the primary 5 seasons on Grey’s earlier than departing the collection in 2009. The character was killed off within the season 6 premiere following a brutal accident within the fifth season finale, which stays one of the crucial gorgeous TV developments in Grey’s historical past.

Knight’s reunion with Pompeo comes 9 months after the previous co-stars reunited on a hike in Los Angeles after Justin Chambers’ final episode aired.

“Old friends are the BEST friends @t.r.knight… but like we aren’t old… we’ve just known each other for a very long time yes yes that’s it….,” Pompeo captioned the smiley picture on Instagram again in March.

Knight additionally reshared the picture on his personal Instagram, joking, “I’m just happy we met when we were fetuses.”

Kevin McKidd, who directed the final episode, performed coy when requested if McDreamy’s look opened the door for extra returns down the road, solely saying that Dempsey’s return is simply the “tip of the iceberg.”

“I say nothing. But you know, it’s a great premise. What I love about this is that COVID — many people who have had COVID report that in night time, they get these night visions and strange dreams and [it’s] very hard to sleep and it’s all lucid dreaming,” he advised ET. “So this opportunity to do what we’re doing with the character of Meredith [through our storytelling] is truly [remarkable].”

“I know nothing,” he quipped, pausing for a second earlier than hinting that he is aware of greater than he is letting on. “Maybe…”

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. For extra on McDreamy’s return, watch the video under.