Grey's Anatomy Season 16 Promo: Is Jackson Dead?!?

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Grey's Anatomy Season 16 will kick off on September 26 on ABC -- and, based on the official trailer featured here, the premiere will aim to answer two key questions:

  1. What is Meredith doing picking up garage?
  2. Is Jackson alive?!?

Viewers do basically know the reasoning behind that first query, of course.

Meredith, Alex and Richard were all fired to close out Season 15 and Meredith will be performing her court-mandated community service when we see her again this fall.

Hence the tagline orange is the new grey that flashes across the screen of this preview.

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Later in this sneak peek, Bailey (Chandra Wilson) is seen telling other employees that Meredith, Alex Karev (Justin Chambers), and Richard Weber (James Pickens Jr.) no longer work at the hospital due to “criminal activity.”

The reactions are priceless.

Will Meredith end up working as a doctor once again in the near future?

We'd have to imagine.

But we're very curious just how she gets her old job back.

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Elsewhere, the intense promo also portends an ominous outcome to the Disappearance of Jackson Avery.

Where is he? Could he actually be dead and gone?

It's conceivable, considering the history of this show and how it's unafraid to kill off a series regular.

But, SPOILER ALERT, Jesse Williams recently re-upped with the series for two more years. So we think everything is gonna end up being okay for Jackson.

He'll survive, at the very least.

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Showrunner Krista Vernoff previously told TV Line that this wildly anticipated premiere will pick “moments from where we left off” in the Season 15 finale, with “all of the lingering” cliffhangers being addressed "pretty immediately."

That is, Meredith, Richard and Alex receiving pink slips... DeLuca wearing a prison jumpsuit ... and Jackson vanishing into thin air/thick fog.

Shortly thereafter, however, the episode “will span a little bit of time over the course of the hour.”

Color us intrigued.

Check out the slideshow above if you're in the mood for a few Grey's Anatomy spoilers and remember:

The beloved drama returns on Thursday, September 26 at 8/7c on ABC.

Check out this fun teaser now!

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