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‘Grey's Anatomy’s’ Shonda Rhimes season 11 spoilers: Bailey, Alex and Meredith

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Season 11 of “Grey’s Anatomy” is officially in production as the 13 series regulars gathered July 22 for the first table read of the season, according to Wetpaint on Tuesday. Filming begins on Friday, July 25 which means it won’t be too much longer before we can some answers as to what happens with our favorite doctors. Show creator Shonda Rhimes has some Season 11 spoilers she shared for us.

When things left off, there were several dangling threads involving some of our fave characters. For instance, Alex and Bailey were set to square off for Cristina’s vacant seat on the board. Meredith and Derek were at an impasse about his job offer in Washington D.C. and it looked like Richard Weber may have just met a daughter he had with Ellis Grey and never knew about.

So what does Shonda say about all of this? First of all there will be a small time jump but it will be small. "About 24 hours... maybe," Rimes said. That means Meredith will be dealing with the fact that her “person”, Cristina, is how halfway around the world and her husband maybe moving to the other side of the country.

Rhimes has said the focus of the season will be on Meredith and all this drama certainly supports that notion. According to Mstars, Rhimes said, "Right now, if you were in the writers' room, you would probably tell me that the theme is 'Meredith, because all I keep saying is, 'The show is just about Meredith Grey!'"

She added "It's a really Meredith-centric season. She's lost her 'person,' her [half-] sister has shown up, her husband is chafing to go someplace else..."

We’ve seen Meredith deal with a surprise half-sister before. Lexie Grey was her half-sister on her father’s side. This time it is a mother the 2 women share. Rhimes says Meredith has learned a few things from her relationship with Lexie. "[It] will be influenced by what Meredith went through with Lexie," Shonda explains.

As for Alex and Bailey, the stage was set when Weber asked Bailey to consider taking Cristina’s spot on the board, Unknown to him or anyone else, Cristina had left her shares and her spot to Alex. The situation presents a dilemma for Alex, according to Wetpaint, as he is forced to evaluate what it all means.

"What [Cristina's decision] means for him is complex," Rhimes explained. "Does he want that? Is that what he's looking for? Did he want the money grab that being Dr. Butthole provided him or does he want to be the guy who has a seat on the board? That is a big deal for him to figure out what he wants."

What he decides to do will have consequences and could put him in direct opposition with Bailey. Rhimes tells us what to expect from the spunky little doctor. "Bailey is not going to go quietly," she said. "Bailey has taken a lot of crap and had a lot of hits, and Bailey is done having a lot of hits. I do feel like she has been very overlooked and underestimated. She may be done with that at this point."

It looks like we’re in for a lot of drama when Season 11 of Grey’s Anatomy” returns. The premiere is set for Thursday, Sept. 25.

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