Grey’s Anatomy is one of the longest-running television dramas, loved by the viewers of all generations. The show recently concluded its sixteenth season, with another cliffhanger in tow. However, that was not the intended finale.
Heartbreak Alert! Grey’s Anatomy Character Andrew DeLuca’s Bipolar Diagnosis Confirmed on Station 19
- Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 cut short due to the Coronavirus pandemic
- The series finale turned out to be different than planned
- Andrew DeLuca’s breakthrough and subsequent breakdown roused the fan’s curiosity
- Station 19 now shed light on Andrew’s condition
As we know, many shows and movies stopped mid-production, owing to the recent COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic affected fan favourite Grey’s Anatomy as well. The series had originally planned 25 episodes for the season but had to wrap it up with 21.
As a result, many storylines found closure in the sister series Station 19, which runs simultaneously. One such plotline is that of Andrew DeLuca, Meredith Grey’s current love interest.
Anatomy of Grey’s Andrew DeLuca
Out of all the Grey’s Anatomy’s recent characters, DeLuca’s has witnessed a drastic change in the character arc. From a curious surgical intern to becoming a confident surgical resident in the subsequent seasons, to becoming an individual facing the demons of his destiny. DeLuca has come a long way!
Not to forget that he is the first person Meredith confesses her love to, after Derek’s death. DeLuca has been a Grey’s Anatomy sweetheart, and his plunge into a dark mental state is heartbreaking.
The signs of DeLuca’s illness were indicated in season fifteen. Wherein his father enters the equation with his “external womb” project. Andrew’s father, Vincenzo’s backstory reveals that the senior doctor had operated on seven patients with no sleep or food, which led to their deaths.
While Andrew’s sister Carina is concerned about funding this new scheme of their father’s, the former supports it. However, while working with Vincenzo, Andrew realises his father’s manic state.
It is finally in season sixteen that we see the signs of the illness in Andrew as well, especially when he starts obsessing over a patient’s treatment, without food or sleep.
The symptoms are further visible when to save the patient, Andrew travels by foot in the midst of a snowstorm to deliver an organ putting his own life at risk. Worrying his colleagues he considers it as an act of selflessness and dedication. Eventually, the signs of mania get worse and he is asked to take a break from the work.
However, improvement shows when we come to know about the dismissal of his suspicion that one of his patients was a trafficking victim proves true.
Another factor which raised the hope of fans was when DeLuca successfully diagnoses cobalt poisoning in Richard’s case, thereby saving the latter’s life. But it all breaks down during the finale when we see a broken Andrew sitting all by himself. He is then taken home by an equally aghast Meredith.
Station 19 telling Andrew’s story
DeLuca’s delusions clearly didn’t end, as we all had hoped for and anticipated. In fact, it worsened as we could see him crumbling in the last episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
So, what happened to Andrew DeLuca? Is he suffering from some mental illness? That’s where Grey’s Anatomy’s speculations about DeLuca are answered in Station 19, a spin-off of the series which runs along parallel timelines.
The recent Station 19 episode is where Andrew’s sister Carina broke the news to her girlfriend Maya. She says, “My dad has bipolar, and my sweet baby brother (Andrew DeLuca) has inherited it.”
Exploring storyline next
Well, Krista Vernoff, the person behind both Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19, has something to say on Andrew DeLuca’s storyline. The original Grey’s Anatomy season sixteen plotline was supposed to include Andrew DeLuca’s bipolar condition in its final episodes. Since that did not happen, those episodes have been taken over for the next season.
While it is heartbreaking to see one of our favourite characters go through something as painful as this, we are hoping that Andrew DeLuca will not the way his father went, and that he will get the requisite help.
Till then, we are keeping our hearts and fingers crossed for Grey’s Anatomy season seventeen.