While Grey’s Anatomy has taken place in Seattle for 13 years, the city itself is about to get more of a starring role. The cast spent two days in Seattle this summer shooting the new season, and KOMO got an inside peek.
It’s not the first time the actual city has made an appearance in Grey’s Anatomy. Meredith Grey’s home—at least, the exteriors—is a real house in upper Queen Anne. Fisher Plaza has been used for hospital exteriors, including the helipad.
But it’s still rare to see a whole lot of Seattle in the show, and especially rare to see the cast actually set foot in Seattle. (Some of the cast had never been to Seattle before at all—personally or professionally.)
While those locations won’t appear in the season premiere this Thursday, they’ll be scattered throughout the first half of the season.
KOMO spoke with Jason George, who plays Ben Warren on the series. He said that to make the most of the two days, they’d make stuff up “on the spot. ‘They're like, 'Let's shoot this, and we'll find a place to get it in.’”
We’ll get to find out what happened at those spots before the midseason finale.
For more details, KOMO has the full background—including multiple cast interviews.
This isn’t the first time a long-running Seattle-based show took a while to get out of Los Angeles. Frasier, for example, famously shot their 100th episode here after four years of faking it.