The teaser for Grey’s Anatomy reveals that Chyler Leigh’s Lexie Gray is returning next week

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Ellen Pompeo’s Meredith Gray will have another inexplicable visitor on her mysterious ‘beach’ in next week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

Following Thursday night’s episode, a teaser for the April 1 episode, Breathe, revealed that Meredith will take another trip to the magical beach she’s visited in her head while battling COVID-19 on a fan.

The show has brought in multiple stars from the show’s previous seasons this year, and will continue that tradition next week with Chyler Leigh’s Lexie Gray.

Visitor: Ellen Pompeo's Meredith Gray gets another inexplicable visitor to her mysterious 'beach' in next week's episode of Grey's Anatomy

Visitor: Ellen Pompeo’s Meredith Gray gets another inexplicable visitor to her mysterious ‘beach’ in next week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy

Fan: Following Thursday night's episode, a teaser for the April 1 episode, Breathe, revealed that Meredith will take another trip to the magical beach she's visited in her head while battling COVID-19 on a fan

Fan: Following Thursday night's episode, a teaser for the April 1 episode, Breathe, revealed that Meredith will take another trip to the magical beach she's visited in her head while battling COVID-19 on a fan

Fan: Following Thursday night’s episode, a teaser for the April 1 episode, Breathe, revealed that Meredith will take another trip to the magical beach she’s visited in her head while battling COVID-19 on a fan

Lexie returns: The show has brought in multiple stars from the show's previous seasons this year, and continues that tradition next week with Chyler Leigh's Lexie Gray

Lexie returns: The show has brought in multiple stars from the show's previous seasons this year, and continues that tradition next week with Chyler Leigh's Lexie Gray

Lexie returns: The show has brought in multiple stars from the show’s previous seasons this year, and continues that tradition next week with Chyler Leigh’s Lexie Gray

Lexie Gray made her debut in the Season 3 finale of Grey’s Anatomy in 2007, the half-sister of Meredith Gray, who was a surgeon at Seattle Grace Hospital.

She starred on the show for four seasons before Lexie tragically died in a plane crash in the Season 8 finale.

The trailer for next week’s episode shows Meredith on the beach, handing over a towel and looking to see that the surprising beach guest is Lexie.

Resident: Lexie Gray made her debut in the Season 3 finale of Grey's Anatomy in 2007, the half-sister of Meredith Gray, who was a surgeon at Seattle Grace Hospital

Resident: Lexie Gray made her debut in the Season 3 finale of Grey's Anatomy in 2007, the half-sister of Meredith Gray, who was a surgeon at Seattle Grace Hospital

Resident: Lexie Gray made her debut in the Season 3 finale of Grey’s Anatomy in 2007, the half-sister of Meredith Gray, who was a surgeon at Seattle Grace Hospital

Tragic: She starred on the show for four seasons before Lexie tragically died in a plane crash in the Season 8 finale

Tragic: She starred on the show for four seasons before Lexie tragically died in a plane crash in the Season 8 finale

Tragic: She starred on the show for four seasons before Lexie tragically died in a plane crash in the Season 8 finale

Surprise: The trailer for next week's episode shows Meredith on the beach, when she hands over a towel and looks to see that the surprise beach guest is Lexie

Surprise: The trailer for next week's episode shows Meredith on the beach, when she hands over a towel and looks to see that the surprise beach guest is Lexie

Surprise: The trailer for next week’s episode shows Meredith on the beach, when she hands over a towel and looks to see that the surprise beach guest is Lexie

The short trailer also features another scene where they are on the beach, and Meredith says, ‘I like it here.

The trailer ends with Lexie asking her, “Will you stay?” although she doesn’t answer when the trailer comes to an end.

Lexie is the third deceased character to emerge on this mysterious beach, after Derek ‘McDreamy’ Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) and George O’Malley (TR Knight).

Like it: The short trailer also features another scene where they are on the beach, and Meredith says, 'I like it here

Like it: The short trailer also features another scene where they are on the beach, and Meredith says, 'I like it here

Like it: The short trailer also features another scene where they are on the beach, and Meredith says, ‘I like it here

Stay: The trailer ends with Lexie asking her, “Are you staying?” although she doesn’t answer when the trailer comes to an end

There have also been among the living to “visit” the beach, including Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Dr. Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.).

Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff explains that the beach is a “ stopover ” for Meredith while she stays on a ventilator and battles COVID-19.

“ We carefully designed that beach so that whatever your belief system is, that beach will fit in, ” Vernoff said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter

Beach: `` We carefully designed that beach so that whatever your belief system is, that beach will fit in, '' Vernoff said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter

Beach: `` We carefully designed that beach so that whatever your belief system is, that beach will fit in, '' Vernoff said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter

Beach: “ We carefully designed that beach so that whatever your belief system is, that beach will fit in, ” Vernoff said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter

‘For me that is a real place that exists in between; it is a place where Meredith can hang out and the dead people she loves can visit her. That’s where it started. But not everyone believes in life outside of this body, ”she added.

As for who can show up on the beach, Vernoff added that there is, as it were, a stringent set of rules that govern the beach.

Those scenes have been carefully designed so that every time someone shows up on that beach, they are also in Meredith’s [hospital] room and / or the information Meredith would need to envision them on that beach happened in Meredith’s room or earshot, ”Vernoff said.

“When you saw Bailey and Richard come to Meredith and George on that beach, they were talking to her in her hospital room. The idea is that if you don’t believe in this magical place, you can imagine Meredith creating this space in her own imagination based on the information she has in that hospital room that she hears, ‘she added.

Grey’s Anatomy continues its 17th season with Breathe on Thursday, April 1 at 9:00 PM ET on ABC.

Life: 'For me that is a real place that exists in between;  it is a space where Meredith can hang out and the dead people she loves can visit her.  That's where it started.  But not everyone believes in life outside of this body, ”she added

Life: 'For me that is a real place that exists in between;  it is a space where Meredith can hang out and the dead people she loves can visit her.  That's where it started.  But not everyone believes in life outside of this body, ”she added

Life: ‘For me that is a real place that exists in between; it is a place where Meredith can hang out and the dead people she loves can visit her. That’s where it started. But not everyone believes in life outside of this body, ”she added

Meticulously Designed: 'Those scenes have been carefully designed so that every time someone shows up on that beach, they also appear in Meredith's [hospital] room and / or the information Meredith would need to introduce them to that beach happened in Meredith's room or earshot, 'Vernoff said

Meticulously Designed: 'Those scenes have been carefully designed so that every time someone shows up on that beach, they also appear in Meredith's [hospital] room and / or the information Meredith would need to introduce them to that beach happened in Meredith's room or earshot, 'Vernoff said

Meticulously Designed: ‘Those scenes have been carefully designed so that every time someone shows up on that beach, they also appear in Meredith’s [hospital] room and / or the information Meredith would need to introduce them to that beach happened in Meredith’s room or earshot, ‘Vernoff said

New Episode: Grey's Anatomy continues its 17th season with Breathe on Thursday, April 1 at 9:00 PM ET on ABC

New Episode: Grey's Anatomy continues its 17th season with Breathe on Thursday, April 1 at 9:00 PM ET on ABC

New Episode: Grey’s Anatomy continues its 17th season with Breathe on Thursday, April 1 at 9:00 PM ET on ABC