Showrunner Krista Vernoff explained her thought process in deciding that Thursday's Grey's-Station 19 crossover would feature a scene that would leave fans stunned. "Well, it was less a thought process than it was an inspiration," says Vernoff. "I start each season by myself, taking walks in nature, asking the stories to reveal themselves to me. These stories tell themselves, and it’s a writer’s job to just write them down as fast as you can. This one was the first and most powerful one that came to my mind sort of wholly realized. I knew what this story was, what we were doing and why we had to do it." But did she really want to go through with it? "It was really hard. I tried to chicken out several times through the season," Vernoff says, adding that several times she went into the writers' room saying she had changed her mind. "And there was an uprising of like, 'No!' because this story told itself, and it felt important and powerful. As a human being, you’re like, 'I don’t want to do it...' But as a storyteller, you have to honor the story. I don’t know… it’s sort of a magical process."
TOPICS: Grey's Anatomy, ABC, Krista Vernoff