Fans took to Twitter to express their excitement over his return, with one saying: “Just watched todays ep of greys anatomy.
“Today’s ep was awesome George is back! I was so happy I was like hell ya! I jumped up he was a favorite I missed him I was excited it was George in today’s ep [sic].”
Another fan said: “I’m really crying they brought back George and Derek on grey’s anatomy I just can’t @GreysABC #georgeomalley #DerekShepherd #greysAnatomy17.”
Vernoff said fans needed some closure following George’s death.
Knight said he had missed his colleagues following his departure from the series. On his return, he said: “It was hard for my brain to try to figure out who George would be now, or what he would be, and then to get Krista’s pages, even the first round. I only got two, but I mean it was just…oh yeah. I don’t know how to describe it other than it’s like, yeah, there he is.“