"I haven't said I'm moving on," Pompeo told Extra. "I said that when my contract is up after Season 8, I would probably not renew."
"I think I [will have] told all the stories I can tell as Meredith Grey," Pompeo added. "Who knows? I never say never to anything. But I've told a lot of Meredith Grey stories. I think the world has had a lot of Meredith Grey."
Having Meredith Grey exit the series wouldn't be that far-fetched. The writers have been filtering new characters into the spotlight over the last few seasons, including Meredith's half-sister, Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh) — an easy save for the show's title.