Grey's Anatomy Boss Reveals Why This Love Interest for Meredith Was Cut

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Meredith Grey is currently in love!

During Grey's Anatomy Season 15, aka the season of love, the show's leading lady shacked up with Andrew De Luca. 

But if showrunner, Krista Vernoff, stuck to her original plan, MerLuca may never have happened. 

Avoidance - Tall - Grey's Anatomy Season 15 Episode 18

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the powerhouse who is widely recognized as the creative force who reinvigorated the series has revealed that there was supposed to be a new love interest for Meredith during Grey's Anatomy Season 14

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However, Vernoff put the kibosh on the plans when a pesky TV journalist (!) learned all about the plan while it was in the works. 

"[He] found out that we were casting a European scientist as a potential love interest for Meredith," she said.

Date Night with DeLuca - Tall - Grey's Anatomy Season 15 Episode 15

"When that got leaked, I went into the writers' room and said, 'That's not interesting to me anymore. What else could this character be?'

"That character became Marie Cerone, the old friend of Meredith's mom."

"It was a much more interesting story than some temporary love interest. We changed it because we wanted to thwart expectations."

If you watch Grey's Anatomy online, you know that Marie Cerone was an old friend of Meredith's mother, Ellis Grey. 

Supportive Girlfriend - Grey's Anatomy Season 15 Episode 18

Meredith needed Marie's permission to use a polymer for her research. In a surprising twist, Mer learned that Ellis took credit for work the pair had done together several years before. 

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Meredith strived to make sure that Marie got the credit she deserved, and all was right in the world. 

In all honesty, it was a solid sub-plot and worked a lot better than another one-episode wonder like Dr. Nick Marsh.

Nick Mars

For now, Meredith is in love with DeLuca, and that show looks set to continue into Grey's Anatomy Season 16.

What are your thoughts on this scrapped love interest?

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Grey's Anatomy returns in the fall.  

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

MEREDITH: "You don't get to call me a whore. When I met you, I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was done! All the boys and all the bars and all the obvious daddy issues, who cares? I was done. You left me. You chose Addison. I'm all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don't get to call me a whore."
DEREK: "This thing with us is finished. It's over."
MEREDITH: "Finally."
DEREK: "Yeah, it's done."
MEREDITH: "It is done."

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

Meredith