***Warning: This article contains spoilers for Season 17, episode seven of Grey’s Anatomy***
Grey’s Anatomy fans have been left in a mix of devastation and rage after the show killed off yet another beloved character with no warning.
Thursday night saw season 17 of the ABC medical drama returns from winter break and it ended with the death of Dr. Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti).
In a crossover special with spin-off series Station 19, Deluca had been chasing down as a suspected human trafficker, which resulted in him getting fatally stabbed.
The Grey’s episode saw Andrew’s fellow doctors Owen Hunt and Teddy Altman attempt to save his life, but he eventually succumbed to his injuries.
As this was all going on, DeLuca joined on/off girlfriend Meredith on her Covid-induced dream beach where their character got to say goodbye to each other.
Giacomo first made his appearance of Andrew DeLuca in its 11th season in 2014 and quickly became a fan-favorite thanks to relatable and moving storylines including struggles with mental illness.
Naturally fans were reeling over his character’s unexpected death as one wrote: ‘WHOEVER DECIDED TO KILL DELUCA! COUNT. YO MF. DAYS!!’
‘YOU MEAN TO TELL ME DELUCA DIED FROM A STAB WOUND AND OWEN AND TEDDY WHO ARE REALLY GOOD AT WHAT THEY DO COUOD NOT SAVE HIM MAKE IT MAKE SENSE,’ another stated.
Another added: ‘Of all the people they could have killed off tonight, it had to be Andrew DeLuca, the one who was finally starting to take steps to get better.
‘Teddy Altman was the perfect candidate, but no. Y’all had to kill DeLuca. Brb, crying over DeLuca’s death #GreysAnatomy.’
Another stated: ‘Greys has me crying the ugly cry tonight!’
A third tweeted: “Billing the writers for the extra amount of eye cream I’m going to need after crying so hard tonight.”
In an interview with Deadline, Giacomo revealed he was told he would be killed off after the first few episodes of season 17 aired in 2020.
The 31-year-old actor said the idea of ‘saving all these children who potentially could’ve been trafficked… was a beautiful storyline” and “a beautiful way for the character to exit as a hero.’
Reflecting on his departure, the Italian-Canadian actor added: ‘I said “absolutely.” I’ve been on the show for six years, seven seasons. It’s definitely been a long time, and I’m a young guy. So, I think this was a good time to depart.’
Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 airs on ABC in the US. Season 17 will premiere on April 7 in the UK on Sky Witness.
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