Longtime fans of Grey's Anatomy are pretty familiar with disasters at this point in the series' run. Now, the show's latest life-threatening event has fans pretty terrified. At the very end of the Season 16 fall finale, a car crashed through the ceiling of the Emerald City Bar, where both Grey's doctors and Station 19 firefighters were hanging out. Knowing the grim nature of the show, fans are convinced that not everyone will survive the crash when the show resumes in January, and because of that, there are numerous theories about who dies in Grey's Anatomy's Season 16 winter premiere.
Grey's Anatomy left audiences with a big cliffhanger in the form of a car literally hanging above a bar full of people. The stakes are even higher when you remember the bar was full of familiar faces. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams), Ben Warren (Jason George), Levi Schmitt (Jake Borelli), Nico Kim (Alex Landi), Casey Parker (Alex Blue Davis), and Taryn Helm (Jaicy Elliot), as well as some Station 19 characters, were all enjoying some after-work drinks when a car crashed into the basement bar. With such a high concentration of important people in one dangerous location, the chances are high that at least one person won't make it out alive.
Here's who fans think they might be saying goodbye to when Grey's Anatomy returns for the rest of Season 16:
At the end of the last episode of Grey's, Schmitt was feeling pretty down. The other interns were freezing him out because they discovered he was the one who tattled on Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) for committing insurance fraud, which resulted in her nearly losing her medical license. The one bright spot in Schmitt's life right now is his boyfriend Nico, but some fans believe this is about to be taken away too. One Reddit user wrote:
I think Nico is going to die. His lines to Schmitt in this whole episode felt like lines they’ll flash back to when Schmitt is dealing with his grief. Plus, Grey's really likes to pile on its characters, so everyone turning on Schmitt for the Meredith stuff and then losing his boyfriend on top of that would make sense.
Other Redditers agree there's a good chance Nico will be the one to go in the winter premiere. Even the actor who plays Schmitt suggests tragedy might be in the cards for his character. He told Esquire:
I think part of what’s really great about this show is that it shows a queer couple going through the same ups and downs that any couple would go through. That can sometimes include tragedy. I don’t think we’re particularly safe because of that.
Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary) wasn't in the bar when the car crash happened, but fans still think she might be in danger in the second half of Season 16. One fan on Reddit pointed out that the people who are close to Meredith have a tendency to meet a dark fate. Since Maggie is Meredith's sister, this fan believes she's likely to be the one to go. Considering her recent bout of drinking after a failed surgery, some fans even think she was the one driving the car that crashed into the bar.
At this point, Helm is pretty much only known for being totally devoted to Meredith. One fan believes she'll also soon be known for dying. It would make sense for her to end up as a tragic figure, since she isn't a major character and losing her wouldn't change the show drastically. However, she's also been pretty much only a positive force on the show, and so audiences would likely be sad to lose her.
And then there are the fans who don't think anyone will die at all. These pure souls are probably too optimistic for their own good, but here's hoping. No matter what, though, there will definitely be plenty of injuries and medical emergencies — a car did crash through a bar, and this is Grey's Anatomy, after all.
Season 16 of Grey's Anatomy will return to ABC on Jan. 23 in a two-hour crossover event with Station 19 starting at 8 p.m. ET.