[Warning: This post contains spoilers from Grey's Anatomy's midseason finale titled "Blowin' in the Wind." Read at your own risk!]
Have you regained your composure yet? Grey's Anatomy delivered one gut-punching midseason finale complete with heartbreaking deaths, surprising reveals and a cliffhanger that left us wishing 2019 were already here.
In the midst of a major windstorm that sent an influx of patients to the emergency room, Grey Sloan's busy doctors tried their best to tend to each body on limited resources while also grappling with some major personal problems. Thursday's dramatic hour saw Deluca (Giacomo Gianniotti) reveal that he had no regrets about that steamy wedding kiss with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and wants to explore what's between them.
Whether or not this sets the wheels in motion for a potential romance remains to be seen. After all, Meredith had a terrible week and as such, isn't in the right frame of mind to deal with his confession just yet. Plus, their potential romance presents a tricky situation given that Meredith is his superior and doesn't seem too keen on treading those testy waters. But even if Meredith does end up reciprocating his feelings, there's another obstacle to overcome: Link (Chris Carmack). According to the charming matchmaker Cece (Caroline Clay), the swoon-worthy Ortho God is the perfect guy for Meredith so Deluca might have some stiff competition.
Meanwhile, Jackson (Jesse Williams) and Maggie (Kelly McCreary) made up after a huge blow out over Jackson's new friend, and Nico (Alex Landi) and Levi (Jake Borelli) took their courtship to the next level in one epically sweet moment. But the episode's biggest shocker came when Teddy (Kim Raver) finally dropped the big news to Owen (Kevin McKidd) that she's carrying his baby and wound up trapped in an elevator with him and Amelia (Caterina Scorsone). Now that's some major baby mama drama!
With one seriously awkward conversation on the horizon, we hit up Kevin McKidd, who directed the episode, to weigh in on Owen's dilemma, Meredith's potential love triangle and his proudest moment as a director thus far.
Congrats on directing another episode of Grey's Anatomy. Does it get easier each time you do it?
Kevin McKidd: Each episode has its challenges. I mean, this episode had a huge windstorm, so we had to figure out how to make that believable and capture that realistically. It never gets easy but definitely as I go forward and direct more, it's less daunting.
What is the biggest difference between directing your co-stars and acting alongside them?
McKidd: [With] directing, you are in charge of the whole thing. Whereas, when you're acting, you're just kind of staying in your own lane and making sure that your character's interacting believably with the other actors. When you're the director, you're kind of the boss in the sense that you have to get the whole tone of that episode moving in the same direction. So it's interesting, the shift between being just an actor on a show and also directing a show. Everybody's very sweet to me, very collaborative, and I feel very grateful for that. And I love doing both jobs. I think one of the things that makes me a decent director is the fact that I am an actor. I can relate to actors and help them, and to be of assistance to actors as opposed to telling them what to do.
In the episode, Teddy tells Owen--during surgery, no less--that she's pregnant. Could there have been a worse time for that reveal?
McKidd: I know! It's kind of a crazy time to spill the beans but you know, Teddy is in that place where she realizes this patient is unscathed and that makes her feel like maybe this is gonna be OK and I need to tell him. And then, as you see at the end of the episode, all the electricity goes out in the hospital because the storm has gotten so bad. Nobody knows what's going to happen in the midseason premiere.
I think it's especially complicated given that Teddy and Owen are best friends and he's wanted to be a father so badly. However, I don't think he ever imagined it happening in this way. So, where do they go from here?
McKidd: It's as complicated as it could possibly be and I don't think we quite know what they're gonna do. He's very much in a thing with Amelia. He and Amelia are back together and things are really working so it's very complicated, very tricky emotionally to know what to do. I don't know how Owen's gonna stay sane during all of this because it's everything he always wanted but in a package that doesn't quite work.
Right now he is committed to Amelia, but he obviously also has feelings for Teddy. Who do you think he's learning more toward, Amelia or Teddy?
McKidd: I think he and Amelia are very much on a path of being a couple. So I think it's gonna be very hard for him to tear himself away from that commitment. Once Owen makes a commitment, he tends to stand by it unless something really terrible happens. I think that's what we're gonna see but it's very conflicting too. It's very conflicting for Owen to know what to do and what is for the best and whether to listen to his heart or his head. He has history, very deep, long history with both of these people, so I think he feels very freaked out.
Elsewhere, Deluca admitted he has feelings for Meredith but she's unsure about him. Plus, matchmaker Cece hinted that Link could be the guy for her. Where do you stand on this? Are you Team Deluca or Link for Meredith?
McKidd: [Laughing] I don't know. I think Link's a really great character because he's so light and uncomplicated. But you know, Deluca speaks Italian which is pretty cool too. [laughs] I don't know. I don't think Owen really has any skin in that game. He has his own problems.
This episode hinted, especially that last scene in which Maggie reveals Catherine's diagnosis to Jackson after kissing him, that she and Jackson may not be over. So where do they stand in their relationship? What's the most important thing you wanted to convey in that scene?
McKidd: In that moment, I wanted to convey her deep feelings for him and concern for him and heartbreak for him. Even though they just had this huge fight. ... Sometimes fights can bring people closer together and create more understanding, and I think that's what we see. I really wanted that scene to be beautiful and elegant. When Kelly [McCreary] and Jesse [Williams] turned up to rehearse that scene... We have a pretty fast pace in the show and I remembered saying to them 'Listen, guys, really let's slow this down.' Because it's a huge scene. It's a huge moment. I know there's only a few lines in the scene, but it's actually nice to have a lot of time spent and I think it really got to a beautiful place.
Nico is the first openly gay surgeon on Grey's and in this episode shares a special moment with Levi. What did it mean for you to bring these two characters together onscreen and in such an epic way?
McKidd: I think that sequence in the breezeway where Levi essentially saves Nico's life and then they're trapped inside this ambulance together is one of the most beautiful scenes. The song we [found] for that scene, it just blows me away. I'm very proud of that scene on many levels. I think it's kind of a defining moment for our show. And I think Levi's coming out speech in that ambulance is really significant and powerful and important, especially in the times that we live in.
I think that moment is maybe the proudest I've felt in directing a show up until this point. There's something really powerful and really important about that scene, about that telling of that story between Levi and Nico. I love this idea of having all the crazy elements outside of the ambulance and the leaves and all the debris. But they're inside, they're safe in this bubble of the truth. The image of that felt very strong to me, just a comment about people's prejudices and outside pressures and how coming out in that way can be very hard, challenging for people.
In true Grey's fashion, the episode wrapped on a cliffhanger with multiple lives hanging in the balance and relationships left up in the air. What can fans expect in the second half of the season?
McKidd: The midseason finale leaves hanging a lot of cool stuff. We have Cece's life hanging in the balance. We've grown to love Cece. We've got Deluca and Meredith on the brink of really stepping into something together. I think that's gonna be fun to watch, to see how that plays out. And obviously, the Teddy, Owen and Amelia situation is so complicated. The audience has known about this pregnancy for quite some time but only now do Owen and Amelia discover it. So a lot of stuff that's been hidden is now in the light and it's gonna cause a lot of problems and a lot of issues.
Grey's Anatomy returns to ABC in 2019.