Everything You Need to Remember About Last Season of Grey's Anatomy
By Lauren Hoffman / Aug 26, 2016
Season 13 premieres September 22. Here's where things left off.
Fall's right around that corner, and forget about pumpkin spice or the first day of school — what's really worth waiting for is the premiere of Grey's Anatomy's thirteenth season (yep, thirteenth), which will air September 22 on ABC. It's understandable if some of the key details of season 12 have slipped your mind, especially since the final few episodes of the season were jam-packed with plot twists, flash forwards, and last-second cliffhangers. Here's everything you need to remember before Grey's comes back.
Most of season 12 focused on Meredith's efforts to find her footing in the wake of Derek's death (I'm not over it and I never will be, but Mer seems to be doing okay); throughout the process, we got to see way more of who she is as a surgeon, a boss, a sister, and a mom — including her fascinatingly turbulent relationship with Amelia. And we got to see her struggle with her post-Derek identity, especially in the wake of a savage attack from a patient. But by the end of season 12, she was in a pretty good place, and had even begun to strike up a relationship with Riggs that stretched into something-beyond-hooking-up-in-parking-lots territory. That's great, except …
… Maggie likes Riggs, too, and is under the impression that he shares her feelings. It was a tough season for Maggie, after her relationship with DeLucca (who I guess I'll stop referring to as Douchebeard this season) deteriorated. On top of that heartbreak, she had to spend a lot of time running interference between Amelia and Meredith during their spells of sibling rivalry. Better watch out, though, Maggie — when Meredith's in a love triangle, she always wins.
One of the most surprising things Webber did last season was not die (that was my prediction), although there was some questionable business in the second-to-last episode of the season that raised concerns about his health — some of Webber's scenes moved oddly, but it's unclear whether that was meant to be an arty effect or expression of cognitive distress. As far as we know, though, he's healthy, happy, and still married to Catherine Avery. Plus, now he's a step-grandpa to Jackson and April's baby