Natalie Abrams
February 12, 2016 AT 04:05 AM EST

Each week, executive producer Betsy Beers goes behind the scenes of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandaland How to Get Away with Murder in her podcast, Shondaland Revealed — and each week, EW will have an exclusive first listen of the latest episode.

This week, Beers sits down with Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo, whose character Meredith was brutally attacked in the midseason premiere. Pompeo breaks down her point of view as an actor filming such a traumatic scene, discusses what it was like to work with the episode’s director, Denzel Washington, and reveals why she and Justin Chambers have such a deep connection as actors. Plus: Pompeo answers fan questions and tries to pick a few of her favorite moments from 12 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy.

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Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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