Grey’s Anatomy Season 7 Episode 1 didn’t have anyone getting shot. Yet the premiere episode had the memories of last year’s rampage fresh in everyone’s mind, which may continue throughout Season 7 . When Seattle Grace came under attack by a vengeful shooter, it was recognized as one of the most shocking, nail-biting finales of the year. But in the end, all of the main characters stayed alive, although Meredith, Derek, Christina and more went through unspeakable trauma first. Starting in the first episode of the new season, they had to start speaking about it, as they tried to go back to work.
Warning: Spoilers follow.
As in real life, it’s been a few months since Gary Clark rampaged through Seattle Grace. Derek has finally healed from his shooting, while Meredith is still keeping her own great loss a secret. But they and the rest of the staff are set to go back to work — or so it seems.
Grey’s Anatomy Season 7 Episode 1 was the beginning of the road to recovery, although it could be a complicated one. Post-traumatic stress is already taking its toll on more than a few characters, albeit in different ways. Christina and Owen got particularly impulsive, while Derek returned to his old job — but found new ways to get a rush.
The troubling behavior from Derek in Episode 1 will cause Meredith to take action next week. After that, the couple will try to make up for what they lost in the shooting, although the lingering trauma isn’t their only obstacle, of course.
Finding ways to keep up the momentum was the main goal of Season 7’s first episode, and the year in general. The show has gone through some extreme up-and-down shifts over the seasons, but after last year’s end, it got back in front of the eight ball.
Since they had a creative resurgence in May, and since there haven’t been any off-screen scandals in a while, the series hopes to have a clean slate now. But every year, it seems that either something goes wrong with the cast, the show has a run of episodes that trigger major backlash, or both.
Following Season 7 Episode 1, Shonda Rhimes and the fans hope things will be different this time around. But with the symptoms of the shooting not going away soon — and with unhealthy side effects springing up already — no one knows what to expect thus far. However, the show still has some goodwill stored away for the moment.
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