Television December 04, 2020
T.R. Knight’s George O’Malley Reunites with Meredith on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
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“Grey’s Anatomy” fans got another touching reunion this week, as T.R. Knight returned to the show!
Knight reprised his role as George O’Malley, who was killed off in 2009 after a bus crash.
This season, Meredith, played by Ellen Pompeo, is battling the coronavirus. As she sleeps, she has vivid dreams of a beach where she reunited with her late husband Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) earlier in the season.
This time, she found George sitting in a lifeguard stand along the same beach. He revealed he watched over her sometimes, saying, “Your kids. You’ve got great kids. I check in sometimes.”
When she told him she was “devastated” when he died, he reminded her that she was “cracking up” with their “Grey’s” colleagues at his funeral.
“I was devastated,” she insisted. “And then? I was okay. Even with Derek, eventually, you go on. And the kids? Would go on.”
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O’Malley told her, “They would, but I think maybe with them it’s different. My mom didn’t go on… Not really, not like she used to. Some grief is heavier than other grief… I just want her to let it go. I want her to know I’m still me, even though she can’t touch me; she can’t see me. But I am still me.”
He also wanted to know if Meredith still “dances it out” like she did with Cristina years ago. She confessed she didn’t and he told her, “That’s what I miss about being alive.”
Knight, who was one of the original “Grey’s” cast members, also reunited with his former co-stars Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. for a final scene on the beach
He told Deadline of the moment shared with Ellen, Chandra and James, “It was incredible. It was just an overwhelming feeling of love in that moment. We were apart from everybody quite a bit because that was a drone shot, and so it was just the four of us, and the sun was setting, and this big fly buzzing around our heads, and it filled me with just a lot of joy.”
T.R. gushed over acting opposite Pompeo, saying, “To act with Ellen, it’s one of those things you wish it always happened but then it wouldn’t be special when it did, to act with someone who you just know that it’s like, 'Okay, what are you going to give me there? Okay, now I’m going to try to match that,' and then it’s this game. It’s this roller coaster that you’re on together. To be able to experience that again with Ellen, and to know that every take is going to be different, there’s going to be a sense of play, a sense of challenge. It’s the best kind of acting, if that makes sense.”
The star loved returning to his former character, saying, “We all know George also had his faults. He stumbled a lot. Literally and metaphorically, he was a little passive-aggressive, had some anger, held a grudge a little too long, but that’s what made him such a brilliant character to play, so to be able to get back into that world was… Like I said, there’s a better word than profound, and I’ll get there someday.”