Grey's Anatomy is bringing back a fan-favorite character after nearly 10 years

Prepare for a few tears along the way

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If you don't have any tissues handy, now is the time to get 'em ready. Grey's Anatomy is bringing back one of the series' most beloved characters. 

In a teaser for the 17th season, we find Meredith, who is battling COVID-19, on the beach in what appears to be a dream-like sequence. Who does she find? None other than her sister Lexie (Chyler Leigh), who last appeared on the show's eighth season in 2012. Meredith unfortunately lost her sister in a plane crash. The hospital drama cleverly captioned the video promo on its Instagram page as, "You've been waiting for this one." 

Watch the Grey's Anatomy teaser with Meredith and Lexie.

Although fans weren't expecting this appearance, they are incredibly glad Lexie is back—even if it is brief. (Saying goodbye will be difficult, though.) A floodgate of emotions spilled all over social media as news broke of her return, and we have a feeling this will be quite the episode. 

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The Grey's Anatomy showrunner, Krista Vernoff, revealed to Deadline that she planned to bring back a deceased character in one of Meredith's dreams, noting how significant people's dreams have been during the pandemic. We're definitely ready for one of those tissues now.

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You can watch Grey's Anatomy on Thursdays at 9/8 C on ABC and Hulu, where new episodes stream one day after they air on TV. 

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Danielle Valente

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