“Grey’s Anatomy”: Chyler Leigh returns as Lexie Gray

Chyler Leigh will reprise her role as Meredith Grey’s (Ellen Pompeo) late sister Lexie Gray in next week’s episode “Grey’s Anatomy.” This revelation came after the end of Thursday’s episode of the ABC medical drama, when a promo showing the sister’s reunion on the beach inside Meredith’s COVID-induced dream aired.

And fans are already panicking over the news of Leigh’s guest spot, which marks the latest “Grey’s” great alum to return this season via Meredith’s Spirit.

“The way Chyler Leigh hasn’t aged a day ???” one Twitter user wrote, sharing side-by-side photos of the actress playing Lexie during the show’s early years and a screenshot from Thursday’s teaser.

OH MY GOD!!!! PLEASE GIVE US CRISTINA, TOO !! ” another tweeted, referring to many fans’ desire to see Sandra Oh’s character return to the show via one of Meredith’s dreams that has brought back so many other fan favorites – alive and dead – throughout from season 17. “CHYLER LEIGH IS ALSO BUSY. BUT WHAT IS AN EPISODE, ISN’T IT ??? SANDRA, PLEASE. WE ALL NEED THIS KIND OF JOY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PANDEMIC. WE ALL NEED IT.

This season of “Grey’s Anatomy” has not escaped the realities of the coronavirus pandemic, with Meredith Gray contracting COVID-19 while treating patients. His coma-like state has seen the return of a few deceased “Grey’s” characters, including Mer’s late husband, Derek Shepherd (played by Patrick Dempsey), and good friend George O’Malley (TR Knight), who have fallen in love with each other. both met. with Meredith on the beach of her dreams.

A third fan joked about the price of coming back this season of “Grey’s” alums like Leigh as Lexie and Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, tweeting a video of a man holding a wad of cash outside the front door. someone with the message “[‘Grey’s Anatomy’ showrunner] krista vernoff outside the homes of chyler leigh and patrick dempsey.

Pompeo said in a recent interview that the team “honestly” had “not yet decided” whether Season 17 would be the finale of “Grey’s Anatomy”. You can read more about it here.

Watch the promo featuring Leigh as Lexie via the video above, and see more fan reactions to her return below.

“Grey’s Anatomy” airs Thursdays at 9 / 8c on ABC.

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