The time has appear to say goodbye to Alex Karev.
After months of skirting all over Justin Chambers‘ abrupt exit, Grey’s Anatomy will finally respond to everyone’s issues about what took place to Alex — and from the thirty-next trailer introduced just after Thursday’s blizzard episode, it’s likely to be an emotional hour no subject how you slice it. Titled “Depart a Light-weight On,” following week’s episode finds Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and the other Grey Sloan medical doctors reflecting on the past, an ominous preview of what is actually about to appear.
The new trailer opens with an legendary shot from the Grey’s pilot in 2005, when Alex and the other hopeful interns phase foot in an running area at then-named Seattle Grace hospital. A montage of basic scenes from the show’s early seasons with Alex and the other OG Grey’s docs perform through, even though Meredith — in the center of a surgical procedure — desperately calls “her person” to persuade him to make his way back again house to Seattle.
“There have been five of us and now it’s just you and I and I won’t be able to have it just be me,” Meredith tells her good friend above the cell phone, referring to the primary five Grey’s interns: Meredith, Alex, Izzie (Katherine Heigl), Cristina (Sandra Oh) and George (T.R. Knight).
In Thursday’s hour, Meredith texted her good friend, alluding to the reality that she failed to think Alex was in fact in Iowa. At the close of the episode, Meredith’s instinct proved suitable. Jo discovered that her spouse had been preserving strategies from her about his accurate whereabouts — that he hadn’t in fact been in Iowa caring for his mom. “He still left me. I consider he did,” Jo tearfully told Link (Chris Carmack). “I consider he woke up 1 day and felt the require to escape his lifetime and me. I known as his mom. He was not there. He had never ever been there. He still left me and I won’t be able to… I won’t be able to breathe.”
Enjoy the nostalgia-crammed teaser for following week’s farewell to Alex Karev down below.
Showrunner Krista Vernoff addressed the sudden departure of Chambers, who played Alex for extra than 15 seasons, for the initially time in a February interview, promising fans that there would be “clarity” when it comes to what took place.
“It was a incredibly cautious threading of a needle, exactly where we are supplying a small bit of information and agony to Jo,” she stated. “We’re, episode by episode, illuminating the story of exactly where Alex is. And it requires us really a number of extra episodes to get there and to give the audience clarity.”
At the time of Chambers’ departure, Alex — who had been fired from Grey Sloan at the close of time 15 for remaining complicit in Meredith’s insurance policy fraud — was serving as main of surgical procedure at rival Seattle hospital Pacific Northwest Basic Clinic (Pac-North), alongside ex-Grey Sloan docs Owen and Webber. He had unsuccessfully tried out to recruit his spouse, Jo, to depart Grey Sloan for Pac-North.
His existence continues to be felt through other figures, particularly Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) and Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.), equally of whom are used alongside Alex at Pac-North. After Alex successfully recruited cost-free agent Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary) to be the head of cardiothoracic surgical procedure, Catherine Fox (Debbie Allen) made a decision to purchase and absorb Pac-North — in influence, neutering their team.
In a latest episode, Jo (Camilla Luddington) discovered to Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) that Alex — who had explained to everyone he was away in Iowa tending to his ailing mother — had stopped returning her cell phone calls and was “likely through a little something” major, needing time to determine his things out.
In a stunning shift, Chambers announced in January that he was leaving Grey’s just after playing Alex for extra than 15 seasons, citing a drive to “diversify [his] acting roles.” The series’ 350th episode, which aired Nov. fourteen, was Chambers’ last appearance on the demonstrate.
“You can find no excellent time to say goodbye to a demonstrate and character that’s defined so considerably of my lifetime for the past 15 many years,” the actor stated in a assertion to ET. “For some time now, on the other hand, I have hoped to diversify my acting roles and career options. And, as I change 50 and am blessed with my outstanding, supportive spouse and five excellent children, now is that time.”
“As I shift on from Grey’s Anatomy, I want to thank the ABC loved ones, Shonda Rhimes, primary solid members Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens [Jr.], and the rest of the incredible solid and crew, equally past and current, and, of class, the fans for an incredible experience,” Chambers extra.
Chambers’ sudden exit prompted Pompeo to briefly react to the news 1 day just after it broke. Responding to a tweet by Self-importance Fair that read through, “#GreysAnatomy is about to sense 1 of its greatest losses yet,” the 50-12 months-outdated actress and govt producer could not assistance but share her feelings on the circumstance.
“More true words and phrases have never ever been spoken,” Pompeo tweeted, alongside a brokenhearted emoji, conveying her feelings above losing 1 of the Grey’s OGs.
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at nine p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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