‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Fans Are Convinced the Writers Troll Reddit for Plot Ideas

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Fans Are Convinced the Writers Troll Reddit for Plot Ideas

10/28/2019

When you’re a writer in the middle the sixteenth season of a very successful TV show like Grey’s Anatomy, it seems like a totally reasonable thing to forget a few plot lines here and there. Like, it’s been more than a decade since this thing started! But Grey’s fans are now convinced the writers are looking at their Subreddit for inspiration and reminders.

Here’s the deal: After last week’s episode, where Zola had to go in for emergency surgery to repair the shunt in her brain, fans got what they had been posting about for a long time.

“The writers DID remember that Zola had spina bifida!” one Reddit user wrote on the episode discussion post after the fact.

Another chimed in, saying, “Maybe they search this Subreddit for ideas,” which sounds crazy, right? But then another person brought up a few other times Redditors have supposedly predicted plots or voiced a desire for certain storylines that eventually did make their way into the series.

“That’s exactly what I’m saying! After this episode, I’m 100% convinced Krista [Vernoff, the Grey’s showrunner] comes here for new plot ideas! First, she broke up Jaggie [Jackson and Maggie]. Second, I feel like we have gotten more Cristina references in the past five episodes than in the past five seasons. Then finally, she remembered about Zola’s spina bifida. A little late, but I guess better late than never?”

I mean, there’s no way the writers actually do this. They’re paid professionals whose entire job is to come up with ideas for the show. And they plan this stuff way in advance, so I’m sure that by the time it shows up on a Reddit thread, it’s already written and it’s purely a coincidence. But… it is kinda funny to imagine it happening.

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