Last night’s Grey's Anatomy, unfortunately, continued to hint at Dr. Karev’s (Justin Chambers) departure without actually explaining what the hell will eventually happen to his character. Considering he’s one of the final OGs in the series, fans are pretty upset about how it’s being handled.
Basically, before the show came back from its midseason hiatus, news broke that Chambers was leaving. Fans had plenty of questions about when that would happen. Most shows shoot months ahead of time, so it seemed like we were probably going to get a few more Karev episodes and then he wouldn’t return for the next season. At least, that’s what I assumed. But when the show came back in January, he was noticeably absent.
In the past few episodes, Alex has been “visiting his mom.” And then last night, Jo casually mentioned that he hasn’t been returning her calls. At the end of the episode, she went home to an empty apartment and looked very sad. So it’s still pretty unclear whether fans are actually going to get an explanation about Alex’s exit. And they’re not happy about it.
justin chambers did an AMAZING job as alex karev for 15 years and i'm really proud of him. i feel terrified about what they're doing with the character after that huge development since the first season. justin didn't deserve this after so much dedication. #GreysAnatomy— ؘ (@chambersmilla) February 14, 2020
#greysanatomy GIVE US A BETTER ENDING FOR ALEX KAREV— Christen Canova ✨ (@That_Girl_Nova) February 14, 2020
That was THE 2 WORST episodes ever ! Alex would never ghost his wife, not after Izzie and stop making crossovers please it’s useless when half the people don’t watch the other show ! @KristaVernoff @shondarhimes @shondaland @ABC #GreysAnatomy— always 🦡 ⚡️ (@AlixHouziaux) February 14, 2020
Also where the fuck is Alex? Will there even be a logical explanation as to why he is gonna leave or is he just going to stay gone for good? this is a one big mess #GreysAnatomy— J (@ghostofmalec) February 14, 2020
I'm getting strong Izzie vibes with this Alex storyline, only just found out his last episode was before the mid-season break, very abrupt departure for a big character, I wonder if Justin Chambers had a falling out with Shonda.... #GreysAnatomy #Greys— Kev Rutherford (@kev4815162342) February 14, 2020
Soooo is Alex just going to ghost his wife....? I am really starting to become annoyed with this lame ass storyline and this crossover crap! #GreysAnatomy— Rebel420 (@RebelJane420) February 14, 2020
SEE? They’re not thrilled! The one reassuring thing is that Grey’s does not miss an opportunity for a dramatic-AF exit. Like, plane crashes are not out of the realm of possibility here. It seems like they’d never send off a character like that with just a “He’s not coming back” storyline. Right? RIGHT? Only time will tell, I guess.
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