Grey's Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff has clarified what fans can expect, as the show prepares to cross over with Station 19 more frequently.
In May, Vernoff teased that Grey's Anatomy and Station 19 would have "crossover events" each week to make the universe feel "more blended". There will also be a crossover romance between one character each from both shows.
Speaking to TVLine, the showrunner confirmed that viewers don't actually need to watch both Grey's Anatomy and Station 19 to fully enjoy the episodes. You can still just watch Grey's Anatomy or just watch Station 19 with no problem, if that's what you want."
Vernoff explained that the crossovers are more an attempt to make the shows feel like they belong in the same, cohesive world.
"It's a little bit like this," she said. "On Grey's Anatomy, we have assumed for all these years that there are people calling 911 and first responders are coming to those houses [before taking them to the hospital].
"We don't need to see it in order to enjoy Grey's Anatomy.
"And in reverse, on Station 19, you know that the people who are rescued have a life after and before they are rescued – but you don't need to see it to enjoy it."
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Vernoff added: "[The blended universe] is sort of working that way. If you are not watching both shows, you can still totally enjoy either hour.
"We hope you enjoy them so much that you watch both!"
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